Team Piko Ho’oulu claims USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships

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Team Piko Ho’oulu girls volleyball club finished at the top spot in the 14-and-under American Division championship at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday.

The team finished 9-2 with 20 sets won and six sets lost over the course of the three-day tournament from June 23-26, and defeated ASICS MAVS 25-17 and 25-11 in two sets for the championship.

Their championship journey began with the first round of pool play where they lost their only two matches of the tournament. Team Piko finished tied for third out of six teams with Instinct JAX14 Leopards but advanced because they won the head-to-head matchup 25-18, 25-20 in the opening match of the tournament.

In the second round, Team Piko swept the two other teams while dropping only one set. They then defeated Sunshine 14 South Bay 25-12, 25-22 in the Challenge Bracket to advance to the single-elimination championship bracket to eventually win it all.

Team Piko plays out of the Aloha Region, a part of USA Volleyball which covers the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai. The team is coached by Lehua Kadooka.

Team Piko qualified for nationals after winning at Colorado Crossroads in February.

Also representing the Aloha Region was the Spike and Serve Volleyball Club 14s Blue who took home the gold in the 14-and-under Patriot Division. The team dropped only one match, going 11-1 through the tournament. They defeated SIVBC Hurricane 25-11,15-7 in three sets to win the gold.

The team is coached by Daryl Tamashiro.

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