|Wednesday, August 18
2004 Melissa Ohta and Chris Gonzalez Clinic
On August 7 and August 8, 2004, Jammers were privileged to have a clinic led by Melissa Ohta and Chris Gonzalez.Melissa Ohta is an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. She played for the Long Beach 49ers from 1997-’00 and went to three Final Fours and was part of the ’98 national championship. Ohta served as team assistant and setter’s coach for the 1997-99 16 and under elite teams and 1999-2002 18 and under elite team at Cal Juniors. She served as the Cal Juniors’ head coach for both the 14 and under elite team and 18 and under elite team. Her 2002 18 and under team won the Southern Kickoff Classic, Southern California’s major early season tournament. Her 2002 14 elite team won back-to-back Junior Olympic qualifiers with titles at the SCVA and Far Western tournaments. She has coached for the USAV High Performance program.
Chris Gonzalez also coaches at the University of Iowa and has extensive club, collegiate and national coaching experience.
The clinic was by invitation only. There were approximately 16 hours of intense training over two days in which fundamentals, advanced defense and offense were covered with emphasis on the finer details of technique. As an added bonus, Melissa Villaroman assisted at the clinic. Both Melissa Ohta and Chris Gonzalez coached wahine Melissa V. when she was a club athlete. Melissa Villaroman, libero for the University of Hawaii, went to the Final Four with her Wahine teammates.
Sunday, July 11
Jammers 14s. For the 14 and older age groups, the USAV created a three tier system in 2004. The highest level in the country for age-group competition in volleyball is “Open” with 28 teams. Beneath that, the “club” division was divided into “National” with 48 teams and “American” with up to 48 teams. In order to play in the “open” division, a team must qualify at one of 7 national qualifiers by finishing in the top 2 to 4 teams. In the 2004 Junior Olympics 14s Open division, Jammers 14s tied for 19th with Rainbow Asics 14s. We are especially proud that Jammers 14s took one of the top 14s teams in the country, Front Range Amber, to three sets and also took Club Yahoo, which was one of the top teams in Northern California to three sets. Despite the loss of several players, the Jammers improved substantially in their performance with the same competitors from the Far Western Regionals in April. Jammers were swept in only one match at JO’s — their other three losses were in three sets.
Saturday, May 22
This is quite an accomplishment for our 4th and 5th grade players and a milestone for Jammers Club participation at Ho’oikaika. Way to Go!
The Jammers 13s and Jammers 14s played in a 16U tournament at Manoa. After pool play and crossover matches, the championship match was Jammers vs. Jammers. The Jammers 14s won first place by the minimum 2 points. Other teams at the tournament were OVC Lynden, OVC Tommy, Lanakila Rudy and Lanakila Warren.
Sunday, May 16
Thursday, May 6
Congratulations to Jordan Meredith (OH) and Kristen Keeno (DS) who were invited to play “up” on the Aloha Region Youth National Team and to Anuhea Akamine (OH), Courtney Lelepali (MB), and Marisa Shigetomi (Libero) who were invited to play on the Aloha Region High Performance Team. The High Performance Championships (formerly called the Volley Classic) were held in Austin, Texas, so this was the second trip in three weeks to Texas for the Jammers who also played in the Junior Olympics. The Championships featured elite teams from each USAV region.
Sunday, April 18
Six teams from the Aloha Region competed with distinction at the USAV Far Western National Qualifier. Jammers sent three teams. Three other teams, each with several former Jammers, also participated among the hundreds of other teams in Reno, Nevada from April 16 to April 18. The National Qualifier is a stepping stone to a bid to play at the USAV Junior Olympics to be held in Houston, TX, in late June.
Quicksets 17 Kent won 1st place in 17 club.
Jammers is especially proud of our babies, the 12s, who were playing for the first time in a convention center where there were 70 courts and thousands of spectators and players. The 12s were unaware that they were playing in the final until they were defeated for the first time in the tournament and were congratulated that they had ended 2nd in the gold bracket. The 12s have won 78% of their season matches, with the majority of their losses to older teams. The 12s defeated the top seed from northern California. Their only loss was the top seed from southern California.
The seasoned Jammers 13s, who won 1st place at 2003 Volleyball Festival as Jammers 12s, moved from 7th seed on the first day to defeating the first seed in the semi-finals on the third day and then onto first place in the finals. Jammers 13s defeated the top seeds from both northern and southern California. The 13s have won 70% of their season’s matches, with the majority of their losses to teams in the under-16 age division.
The Jammers 14s, despite inconsistency, managed to improve seed from sixth seed to fourth place and to qualify for the Junior Olympics 14 Open. The Jammers 14s had the distinction of defeating the first seed for the final day. Unfortunately, the knowledge that the win assured a bid adversely affected the team for the rest of the day. Coulda, woulda, shoulda — only one more win would have assured 1st seed in the semi-finals. The 14s have won 75% of their season’s matches. The overwhelming majority of wins have been in the under-16 division. Most of the losses have been to under-16 through under-18 teams.
Congratulations to all the Aloha Region teams. Each of the named teams will play in the Junior Olympics.
Jammers 14s Are Two for Two in 16-Unders
Jammers 13s played in both tournaments. On Sunday, Jammers 13s were 2nd in their pool and lost only to Quicksets 16 Kent.
Sunday, April 4
Jammers at the Spring Break Tournament
14s Division. Congratulations to our composite 12-13s team, who with the assistance of one under-14 player, were undefeated in the 14s division until the finals and ended second in the gold bracket. The girls came from three age levels within the club and ranged from just made 12 to just made 14. The team was organized within hours before first serve with the help of a lot of emails and the telephone. The 12s had to adjust to a different setter and to a faster paced game then they have previously experienced. The 13s were ready to cover for the front row 12s. The 14s player added steadiness, hustle and enthusiasm. The Jammers came through magnificently, despite the Saturday night departure of two team members for off-island trips. Good foundation in volleyball skills and good coaching shined through a completely unfamiliar line up. The players believed in themselves and each other and it showed.
16s division. The remaining 6 members of the Jammers 13s borrowed two members of the 15s team and played in the 16s division. They took several true under-16 teams to third sets and enjoyed the faster pace of under-16s tournament play. The remaining 14s members combined with four Jammers 15s members for another entry in the 16s division and started day 3 in the gold bracket. The composite team ended the tournament second in the silver bracket against the greatly improved Po’okela 16s team which they had defeated the day before.
18s division. The Jammers 16s and Jammers 17s, despite injury and absence for various reasons both started Sunday in the Gold bracket. Congratulations to the over-achieving Jammers 16s team, while enduring injuries and numerous player changes, placed tied for 3rd overall in the 18s Gold Division.(!!!) Their greatest win 20-25, 25-23, 16-14, a thrilling and exciting game was against the injury plagued Jammers 17s, who placed tied for 8th overall (tied for 5th in the Silver). The 16s have grown since the beginning of the season. From a team who barely beat the 13s, lost to the 14s and split with the 15s at a intra-club scrimmage they have developed into a contender. Keep up the hard work!
Sunday, March 28
Day 2. Jammers 17s won all their matches today, defeating Utah’s Klub Boom and Illini Elite. Klub Boom’s claim to fame is that it was the club for Stanford’s and the U. S. National Team’s Logan Tom. Illini Elite’s have an equal claim to fame because it was the club for Stanford’s and the U. S. National Team’s Ogonna Nname. Prepvolleyball.com predicted pre-tournament that Illini Elite would win this pool but gave a nice comment about Jammers’ ball handling. Jammers 17s played like . . . Jammers.
Jammers won all matches, despite being down 12-0 in one set. Will Jammers from age 10 to 16 ever start a match fast and ahead? As Coach Poni said at VB festival, “I know you are Jammers, but could you please just win the first set quickly for a change?” Playing from behind makes the game sOOO exciting for coaches and parents.
Jammers ended the day, undefeated and first in their pool. Jammers 17s are in the top four for the last day.
Day 3. Jammers ended 3rd in the 17s Division at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier. Although sad that they could not bring the gold back, the girls all learned and matured a lot from the experience. A great first effort by a very young team which had 1 freshman, 3 sophomores, and 5 juniors. The #1 team? Illini Elite 17s, who had been swept by Jammers the day before, worked its way back to the Gold Bracket and defeated #2 WVBA 17s. The 17s have vowed to do better at the Northeast Qualifier in Baltimore in the second week of April. Don’t count the Jammers out yet — there is hope that Konae will play.
Sunday, February 22
Saturday, February 21
Jammers teams played at multiple sites on President’s Day Weekend.
Jammers at Lanakila in the Quicksets Presidents’ Day Tournament.
Jammers 15s did well despite several changes in lineup due to availability of players. Jammers 14s won first place in the 16s division. Jammers 13s won first place in the 14s division. Another Jammers 14s team comprised of members of the Jammers 13s and Jammers 14s won second place in the 14s division.
Several Jammers were honored by being selected for the All-tournament team. In the 16s division: Samantha, Hoku, Chanteal, and Kanani. In the 14s division, Pihana, Angela, and Taylor.
Jammers 12-1s played in Kaneohe and won second place.
Saturday, February 7
Saturday, January 31
Saturday, January 24
Monday, January 19
Jammers 17s won 2nd place in the 18s division in an exciting final match against Impact 18s. Konae Purcell made all-tournament team.
Jammers 16s won 1st place in the the 16s division. Jammers 14s were the youngest team entered. Although they did not win any matches, they showed steady improvement from a 12-25, 12-25 match with Impact 18s, to a 23-25, 23-25 match with Northshore 16s and a hand wrenching 26-28, 24-26 match with Quicksets 16 (Kent).
Jammers Tricia Yoshimura, Chanteal Satele, Kanani Herring, and Sammy Misa made all-tournament team.
Monday, January 19
Saturday, January 17