2005 Season News

November 11, 2005

Jammer Kea Kea (pictured here) set the Kamehameha High School Varsity Team to the 2005 state championship in girls’ Division 1 volleyball for the state of Hawaii. The team lost only two matches during the season.  Jammer Hoku Oleole set the Roosevelt High School team to third place in the state tournament in Division I. It was the first appearance in eight years in the state tournament for Roosevelt.   Jammer Kiley Herrington was a kill leader with 16 kills in the victory of St. Francis High School in the Division 2 volleyball championship match.  Jammer Jessica Ige was chosen as “player of the match” in an early season televised match between Pearl City High School and Aiea High School.  Kea, Kiley and Hoku will play on Jammers 17s in 2006. Jessica will play on Jammers 16s in 2006.

Tuesday, November 1

JAMMERS FEATURED IN THE MEDIA
Jammers’ Head Coach Debby Yee is interviewed in an article in the October-November, 2005, issue of Hawaii Parent.

Wednesday, August 10

Two Jammers are National MVPs
On July 23, 2005, Jammers was honored by the selection of two members as Most Valuable Player in national competition.

The USAV High Performance Championship is a national competition in which each USAV region selects an elite team for inter-regional competition. Play was for four days from July 20 to July 23 in Austin, Texas, the home of Lance Armstrong and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The USAV High Peformance program fielded two teams from the national High Performance Camp to play “up” in the Youth National Division. Jammer Kanani Herring was key to the success of the USAV HP Red team, which won first place in the Youth National Division.

The Aloha Region HP team was coached by Coach Deb. Five Jammers were scheduled to play on the team but due to other sports and injury, only three Jammers were able to play in Austin. Chanteal Satele, Jordan Meredith and La Shawn Dela Cruz Kaopua were the only active Jammers on the team. Anuhea Akamine was injured a few days before the trip. Other players on the team were Rainbow Asics’ Tatiana Santiago, Sydney Yogi, Haililani Pokipala and Sammy Misa. Rebekah Torres from HIVA was the region’s 8th player. The Aloha Region won first place. Our Hawaii team was the only team in the HP age group which did not lose a single match.

The all tournament team for each age group was selected by all of the coaches with the provision that no coach may vote for a player from his/her region. Jammer Kanani Herring was chosen Most Valuable Player of the Youth National Division. Jammer Jordan Meredith was chosen Most Valuable Player of the High Performance Division. The Aloha Region’s Rebekah Torres, who played for HIVA in the 2005 season, was chosen “best attacker.”

Other National Competition at the end of July
The Aloha Region Youth National Team has three Jammers, Tricia Yoshimura, Deven Bukowski, and Marya Kaminski. The region’s Youth National Division placed second in the Youth National Division in the Intermountain Region’s global challenge which featured teams from China, Russia, Slovenia and elite regional teams in Salt Lake City. The Aloha Region’s Junior National Team (born in 1986 or later) has one current Jammer, Kaui Todd, and one graduated Jammer, Dani Hout. The Aloha Region team was third in the Global Challenge.

Monday, July 25

2005 National Tournament Results
Four Jammers teams played at the USAV national Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each of the teams earned the right to play by winning a bid in a competitive tournament. The Junior Olympics is a three tiered system competition. At the top is “open”, which consists of the top 28 teams in the United States. Entry in open requires placing in the top three in one of seven national qualifiers or being awarded one of four at large bids awarded for teams which were good in national competition but did not end up in top 3.
The national qualifiers allow entry in Open or Club. Usually for the older age groups (15 through 18), at each of seven qualifiers, there may be as many as twenty teams competing for open and 100 teams competing in Club at each age division. The Pacific Northwest Qualifer is an eighth qualifier which only offers competition in club. This means that approximately 200 teams competed at each level for one of the 28 open bids.

The next level at the Junior Olympics are 48 teams in “national” which requires either winning first place in “club” at a national qualifier or winning a region’s competition for the club bid.   The third level is “American” which consists of runners-up at the national qualifiers in club competition.

Jammers 17s —   10th in National 17s. Won 8 matches, lost 3.
Jammers 16s — 30th in National 16s. Won 5 matches, lost 5.
Jammers 15s — 14th in Open 15s. Won 7 matches, lost 4. Click Jammers 15s Slide Showto see slide show of the action shots from the Articferret
Jammers 14s — 26th in Open. Click on the link to see action shots from the Articferret.

Three Jammers teams also played at Volleyball Festival in Reno, Nevada. Volleyball Festival is the largest volleyball tournament in the United States and consists of 4 days of play for 12s and 13s and 5 days of play for all other age groups.

Jammers 16s — 31st out of 224 teams in 16s competition
Jammers 13s — 17th; Winner of the Conquest Division
Jammers 12s — 7th in Championship (Gold) Division

Monday, January 17
Jammers 15s and 14s Begin 2005 with a Flourish

Jammers 14s and Jammers 15s played in the Quicksets Martin Luther King Tournament on January 15, 16, and 17. The first two days were round robin pool play. The Jammers 15s swept the following 6 teams: Quicksets 16s Kent (25-21; 25-10), Quicksets 15s Patti (25-14; 25-11), Manoa 16s (25-9; 25-16), Magnum 16s (25-13, 25-16), Jammers 14s (25-22; 25-15), and Lanakila 16 Warren (25-19; 25-7).   Jammers 15s lost only one set in the entire tournament in a split with OVC 16 Tommy (17-25; 25-21) in pool play.
Jammers 14s swept Manoa (25-23; 25-22; Quicksets 16s (25-11; 25-17); Lanakila 16 Warren (25-14; 25-14, Quicksets 15s (25-21; 25-11)and OVC 16 Tommy (25-16; 25-17) .Jammers 14s split with Magnum 16 (16-25; 25-15) and were swept only by Jammers 14s. At the end of pool play, Jammers 15s were seeded first and Jammers 14s were seeded second.
During the playoffs, both teams swept their opponents and ended in the finals against each other.   Jammers 15s swept the Jammers 14s 25-19, 25-6 to become Quicksets MLK Tournament champions

Friday, June 17

Jammers Gear Up for National Competition
On June 11-12, the Jammers Volleyball Club players had an intense clinic with Daryl Kapis.   Coach Kapis is in his 12th year of coaching women’s volleyball. He is Co-Founder of Club Yahoo! and presently coaches for Golden Bear. His 2002 17’s club team finished tied for 5th in the Junior National Open Division, and from that team he had nine players continue on to play Division I Volleyball. Next week, he will take a team for the ninth time to USAV Junior Olympics. Over the past six years Kapis has been heavily involved within USA Volleyball, working under former Head Coach of the National Team Toshi Yoshida.    Kapis has served as Co-Head Coach of Developmental Camps, A2 Junior National, and Youth National Team, assistant coach for the High Performance National Team, and apprentice coach for the Youth National Team in 2003.

Kapis’ teaching focused on specific skills:   digging the hard driven ball; setting and hitting an out of system ball, better blocking, tooling the block and hitter coverage. Four Jammers teams, the 14s, 15s, 16s, and 17s have won competitive bids to the USAV Junior Olympics, a first for the Aloha Region. The Junior Olympics will be in Salt Lake City, Utah,from June 29 through July 6. (Our Jammer 12s and 13s declined at-large bids to the Junior Olympics and will play in Volleyball Festival in Reno. At-large bids are awarded on the basis of the strength of performance in multi-region tournaments on the mainland.)

Jammers 12 at Hooikaika
Jammers 12-2s played in the Hooikaika Tournament. On Day 1 they won every match in their pool. On Day 2, they made it to the semifinals. In an exciting, “win by 1 set, they lost to Maui Northshore 12 in the third set, 14-15. Jammers 12-2s ended with the bronze medal in the gold pool. Congratulations to our youngest Jammers. Pictures will be posted soon.

Saturday, May 21

Jammers Spend a Day at the Beach
Today was a perfect day for beach volleyball in Waikiki. The ocean was an amazing crystal blue and the sun was shinning as about two dozen Jammers from the 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s teams gathered at Queen’s Beach for a beach volleyball clinic run by Coach Lia Young. The two-hour clinic covered the basics of beach volleyball, environment assessment (critical when one is
playing VB outdoors!), footwork, and basic ball handling.   Following the clinic, the girls had the opportunity to participate in a Junior Girls beach volleyball tournament and 9 Jammers took the challenge: Danie, Devin, Kanani and Trish from the 17s; Marya from the 16s, Jordan and Marisa from the 15s and; Anuhea and Courtney from the 14s. Sporting swimsuits, sunscreen,
sunglasses and socks the girls broke up into doubles teams for round-robin pool play. Everyone played their hearts out and had a blast. And while there were some very close matches, in the end the team of Kanani and Trish emerged the Junior Tournament victors! Congratulations to all the Junior Tournament participants and to all the Jammers who took advantage of the beach volleyball clinic with Coach Lia!

Saturday, May 14

PrepVolleyball.Com Honors Jammers Again
Prepvolleyball.com issued its second regional rankings for the 2005 season. Three Jammers teams made it to the top ten again for the Pacific Northwest. Jammers 17s and Jammers 15s were in first place for their age group. Jammers 16s were in 6th place. Way to go ladies!

Tuesday, May 10

Jammer Selected for High Performance Team
Congratulations to Jammer Kanani Herring for her selection to the USAV 2005 High Performance Camp. Kanani is one of 24 junior volleyball players, born January 1, 1990, or later, selected for the camp.   She will attend training for approximately two weeks in Austin, TX, in July. Kanani has been a member of Jammers for two years.
Congratulations to Chanteal Satele for her selection to the USAV A2 camp for the High Performance age group. Chante has been a Jammer for two years.   Coutney Lelepali and Anuhea Akamine were selected for the HP Developmental camp. Careena Onosai was selected for the Youth National Developmental camp.

Monday, May 2


Jammers 13s Win Silver Division
In what concluded a spectacular April, the Jammer girls continued their winning streak in dramatic fashion. After winning the Bronze Division in the 13’s 2005 Far Western Regionals in Reno, NV the girls came home to face off against the best of the Aloha Region. Click on Jammers 13 at Regionalsfor a photo album.

In the first round at King Intermediate on Saturday the girls were seeded in Pool F along with Maunalani 13’s and Impact Regan. The girls took out Impact Regan 21 – 11, 21 – 6. Then in the match against rival Maunalani 13’s the girls came out on fire and took a 5 – 0 lead and held it all the way to 16 – 14 you could feel the intensity in the air as the crowd was huge and every point was unbelievable. All it took was some hard luck and the girls went down 17 – 21, 10 – 21 to ended up in the Silver Division. Not letting it bother them they took out Pookela Lisa from Kauai 21 – 12, 21 – 7. Next up was the scrappy Lanikila 12’s which they took out in three sets 21 – 9, 15 – 21, 15 – 10 to conclude play for Saturday.

On Sunday it was for all the Silver !! The Jammers were up against some familiar foes, in the pool was OVC PAULA, MILILANI 14’s & Pookela Lisa.

The girls started by taking out Pookela 25 – 10, 25 – 14. Then Mililani was next and in three sets the Jammers took care of business 25 – 21, 14 – 25, 15 – 10 displaying some solid serving and some great kills. Next was OVC PAULA, we have met with them 3 times this year and with them up 2 to 1, it was our turn ! The girls started off on fire again with some great defense and good blocks they went up 6 -1 then it went back and forth all the way to 22 – 22 with OVC winning 25 – 22 in the first set. The girls fell behind 5 – 10 in the second set but rallied on strong defense and awesome serving to take the second set 25 – 18. In the third set it went back and forth the croud was into it and the intensity level insane, with the score tied at 10 – 10 the Jammers went on one of their patent runs and took the match 15 – 10 in three !! So now all the Crowd was in for the Gold Division along with the existing crowd and it was standing room only. You could feel the pressure building as the heat level was up there!!

OK, so it was Jammers against Keahi Red in the Championship, one set to 25 no cap. Even though the Keahi team was bigger the girls never were intimidated. In the Reno Qualifier all the teams out sized us and we took care of business. The game started off back and forth 3 -3, 6- 6, 9 -9 then the girls turned in on and cranked out 9 points straight to lead 18 – 12. The girls were on fire diving, serving blocking and yes hitting some great shots and on one last patent run served out to win the Silver Championship 25 -12 in Jammers Style, yeaa, yeaa !!   Congratulations to the Jammers 13’s who started out the season as Coach Deb says the “Bad News Bears”. You can bet the girls are recognized by their peers now and the future looks bright !! Thanks to Coach Deb who had the faith and confidence in the girls and took her chances with us. Thanks to Coach Davin & Coach Poni along with the “LOYAL” Parents who made the Reno Trip and the overall experience a great one. We all grew together going thru the ups and downs, the highs and lows, sticking together as a team during some hard times, but in the end when the last wave was ridden, the last point scored and as one parent would say ” HO CUZ” we stood as one big family and will never forget a great season !! Volley Ball Festival next !!

Sunday, May 1


Jammers 14s won 1st place in the Gold Division of the 2005 Aloha Region 14s Regionals. The team swept every team they played. The highest score achieved in any set by any opponent was 19. In the semi-final set against Maunalani 13s, the score was 25-12. In the Finals against Keahi Black 14s, the score was 25-15.

Jammers 13s won 1st place in the Silver Division.

In the 16s regionals, Jammers was the only club to place three teams in the gold bracket. Jammers 16s, Jammers 15s, and Jammers 14s all emerged from first day pool play to make it to the 8 team gold bracket.   Jammers 15s made it to the semifinals after the second round of play. Unfortunately, in the single set match against Rainbow Asics, when the score was 7-7, Jammer 15s’ setter Kea twisted her ankle, and the rest of the set was played without her.   Opposite Jessica stepped up into the setter role and DS Jackie played in the front row! Jammers lost 25-18, ending tied for 3rd with OVC 16-1 Tommy. Fortunately, Kea’s physician has predicted full recovery after a few weeks of rest.

Sunday, April 24

Four Jammers Teams Earn Bids to USAV Jr. Olympics
Jammers today celebrate an incredible achievement for the club and all of its players, coaches and parents. Four Jammer teams have won competitive bids to play at the 2005 USAV Junior Olympic in Salt Lake City.

Jammers 17s won the Aloha Region National Bid in a tough Aloha Region multi-team tournament.

Jammers 16s won the National Bid at the USAV Far Western National Qualifier in a three day tournament in Reno which featured over 100 teams in the 16 under age division. This was a HUGE win. The Jammers 16s struggled because in the second week of April, their experienced setter Hoku fractured a finger during an intra-club scrimmage.   Their defensive specialist, Bear, had only three or four practice sessions to take over the pivotal job of setter.   Only three members of the team had played together previous to 2005.   The Jammers 16s met the challenge of improving their initial seed from fourth place, even though they lost a few sets from jitters and were required to play more than three matches per day because of multi-team ties. Imagine, a new setter one week before the tournament — FIRST place with over 110 teams.

Jammers 15s won an Open Bid at the same qualifier by winning eight matches in a row in the Far Western Qualifier in a tournament which featured the best under-15 teams from Northern Caliornia, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona.   Until the championship match, Jammers 15s was the only team which did not lose a single set in three days of competition. Jammers placed second after the top seed of the tournament, Club Yahoo. In the process Jammers swept Vision Gold 15 which had already qualified in another National Qualifier, and every other team they played. For the team, this was the second year to qualify in “Open”, which is the top tier of the Junior Olympic tournament competition. The Jammers 15s coach, Melissa Villaroman delayed the start of her practice with the USAV Women’s National team, so that she could coach the Jammers 15s at the qualifier.   She will begin training in Colorado Springs, home of the US Olympics Volleyball teams in May.

Jammers 14s won an Open Bid at the Far Western Qualifier. Jammer 14s, as Jammers 13s, won first place in 2003 in club at this qualifier. Jammers 14s ended in third place after a tough three set match which ended 16-14.
Congratulations to Jammers 13s, who won the bronze bracket in the 13s division at the Far Western Qualifier. For most of the 13s, it was a new experience to play in a convention center with 70 courts set up for simultaneous play and an incredible din of noise.
Jammers VBC was formed approximately nine years ago by Head Coach Debby Yee. Coach Deb said she played “a little” volleyball while in high school. She became, successively, a soccer coach and a volleyball coach as a means of spending quality time with her older children, Winston, a high school soccer player, now in college, and Lena, who became a state all-star soccer and volleyball player. Lena and her good friend Danie played on Jammers teams from the beginning until this year, when it was decided that Jammers would not field its first 18-under team. Lena and Danie joined OVC 18 Kelli, which won the Aloha Region National under-18 bid.

Sunday, April 24

Jammers 14s, 15s, and 16s Win Junior Olympic Bids
In an historic “first” for Hawaii volleyball, three Jammers volleyball teams won a competitive bid at the USAV Far Western National Qualifier in Reno, Nevada. The Qualifier is one of 8 national qualifiers which requires placing in the top three to qualify for the USAV Junior Olympics.

The Jammers 16s won first place in the “Club” division for 16s.
The Jammers 15s won second place in the “open” division for 15s.
The Jammers 14s won third place in the “open” division for 14s.
The Jammers 13s, while not winning a bid, played very well and won the Bronze division.

Sunday, April 17

Jammers 15s win their 7th and Jammers 14s win their 5th
April 16 — Jammers 15s won their seventh Aloha Region tournament at Lanakila.
April 17– Jammers 14s won their fifth Aloha Region tournament at Kalihi Valley gym.

Sunday, April 10

Congratulations to the Jammers 17s — Junior Olympics Bid
Jammers 17s have earned the Aloha Region’s National Bids in the 17s division. They will play among the nation’s elite volleyball players in the 2005 Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the end of June.

Saturday, April 9

Jammers 14s Win Their Fourth 16U Tournament
Jammers 14s won their fourth 16 U Tournament.

Sunday, March 27
Congratulations to the Jammers 17s, Silver Division Winner
Jammers 17s played in the Northeast Qualifier on March 25-27, 2005, in Baltimore, Maryland. The girls had a rocky start, due to some illness and major jetlag. They managed to pull it together for the final day of play and ended as winners of the Silver Division.

Saturday, March 26
Jammers 16s Win 3rd Place at Keku



Saturday, March 26
Jammers 15s Win 6th Tournament; Jammers 14s Win 3rd
Jammers 15s and Jammers 14s each played in separate 16-Under tournaments on Saturday, March 26, 2005.   Jammers 14s won their third 16-under tournament at Keawe gym, sweeping Maunalani 13s, 25-8; 25-16, Oahu Dean 25-11; 25-5, Maunalani 14s,25-12; 25-16, and Oahu Lynden 15s, 25-23; 25-11.

At Keku gym in an elite 16-under tournament, Jammers 15s swept Ho’okino 16 and Magnum 5-0 16 in the seeding round. In the next round, Jammers 15s swept sister team Jammers 16s. Jammers 15s then took on the challenge of HIVA 16-1 for the first time this season. HIVA 16-1 has at least four players who have been to the USAV High Performance or the A2 camps and placed 22nd in this year’s Las Vegas Invitational. Jammers 15s led for most of the first set until 16. Thereafter, each of the teams traded the lead, with neither leading for more than two points before a sideout. Jammers won 27-26. (Set to 25, win by two, cap 27). In the second set, Jammers 15s sometimes trailed by as much as 3 points until tieing at 17. The teams again began trading the lead, until defensive specialist Taylor took the serve with HIVA up, 23-22. Jammers 15s then won the next three points to win the match 23-25. Great ball control, pinpoint service accuracy under Coach Brian V’s direction, some incredible “up” balls, and smart hitting won the game.
Jammers 16s were in third place at the nine team tournament.








Monday, March 21
Jammers Win 5th Tournament; Jammers 16s Win 2nd
Jammers 15s won their fifth 16 Under tournment on March 20, 2005 Jammers played in a 9 team tournament at King Intermediate.   In pool play, Jammers swept Quicksets Donovan and HIVA 16-2. In the seeded round, Jammers swept Keahi 14 and Pookela 16.

In another 16 Under tournament, the finals featured Jammers 16s vs. Jammers 14s. Jammers 16s won and because tournament champions.

Sunday, March 20
Jammers 13s earn 2nd place.
The most exciting development this weekend was the HUGE progress made by the Jammers 13s, who ended in second place in a twelve team 14 and under tournament at King Intermediate. The 13s took 2 sets off of Impact Kym, split with Mililani but won the point differential. Showing good defense and strong service, the 13s won their seeding pool and advanced to the Championship Pool. Jammers took out Impact 14s Reagan in two sets and played Oahu 14s Paula for the championship. Going into the match at 5 – 1 the 13s were leading 8 – 2 and were up 13 – 8. When the 13s switched sides, the momentum shifted and OVC started to come back and we went back and forth to 18 – 18. The girls played hard and were in a position to win their first tournament. After some great rallies and strong defense by the Jammers the OVC team started getting all the breaks and ended up taking the set 25 – 21. Congrats to the 13s who showed great Jammers pride in taking second place in the Tournament. The girls are improving every week and are getting some good recognition from there peers.










Sunday, March 20

Jammers 17s Win Another 18 U Tournament
JAMMERS 17s captured first place in a 18U tournament at Kalihi Valley Gym on March 19, 2005. There were 8 teams in the tournament which featured teams from Canada, Kauai and Oahu. Jammers 17s placed first in their pool by defeating the following teams: Quicksets 18 Sheri, Hawaii Island Volleyball Academy, and Quicksets 18 Kent, all in two games. They then defeated Maunalani 16s who finished 2nd in the other pool 25-17. In the championship game against Quicksets 18 Kent, which had won its crossover match, the JAMMERS were victorious 25-20.
Next on the agenda: another 18 U tournament on Sunday, March 20, 2005, two days of rest and then onto jets to go to Baltimore, MD, for the USAV National Qualifier which begins on March 25.

Saturday, March 19
CROSSROADS DAY 3 — Jammers 12s Medal!
On March 18, 2005, our youngest Jammers started pool play in the USAV Crossroads National Qualifier in Denver, Co. Over 700 teams participated in an arena which has 105 courts. Click here to see more pictures of the Jammers 12s at Crossroads.

DAY 3 — JAMMERS 12S WIN BRONZE MEDAL
The final day of the Denver Crossroads was a “down and up” day for the
Jammers 12s
We started the day playing Cajunland 12’s:
SEMIFINAL MATCH
JAMMERS VS CAJUNLAND 12S
Set 1 11 – 25 Cajunland Wins
Set 2 16 – 25 Cajunland Wins
The Cajunland team was a very large team with very athletic players. Look at their size. Their team can do everything well: pass, hit, block, serve. In the second set, Jammers led through the mid teens when we again had trouble with a tough server who served out most of the balance of the set. Even though they lost, our girls realized that we could hang with some of the best and they left the match with a bit of hurt pride but a realization that we are a pretty good team…Cajunland went on to become the tournament Champions and look like a team that will be a top contender for the JO title

THIRD PLACE MATCH
JAMMERS VS AMARILLO 12-1
Set 1 25 – 15 Jammers Win
Set 2 25 – 23 Jammers Win

This Amarillo team was the only team in the tournament to take a set from Cajunland. Our girls played steady ball in the first set and
chipped away at Amarillo with solid serving. Our Jammers also won most of some really long rallies. In the second set, the balance of the players came in to play this set and made some great contributions in this hard fought set. The game was highlighted by Kelci Keeno’s picture perfect dig of an extremely hard hit line shot by the Amarillo Outside Hitter – the dig led to a Jammers kill at a point in the game where the Jammers led by one point in the early 20’s. From that point, the team held on to secure Third Place in the tournament. We are all extremely proud of our players for the way they fought to overcome adversity and never let the enormity and noise of this venue distract them in the least. In fact, the Amarillo team were using noisemakers 6 feet from our players to distract them during our match our girls never even looked at them or mentioned it to the coaches. We also had a large contingent of Colorado teams cheering our team on in the final match.
The best thing is that we had numerous compliments about how our team was so friendly, had great sportsmanship, mingled with the other teams and, to top it all, became a “feared” (that is a quote from the Cajunland parents) team in the tournament. We had set a goal with the girls before we left to go to this tournament to earn the respect of the other teams by their play on the court and to gain the friendships of the opposing players by their conduct off of the court. The girls succeeded beyond our expectations in both categories. Even though we did not earn the bid, the girls finished ahead of many teams which I am sure was not expected by a lot of people at the tournament. This has been a great learning experience for them to build upon for future success.
Hope you enjoy our photo album. Just click on the medal portrait.

DAY 2 — JAMMERS 12s MOVE TO FINAL FOUR ON DAY 3!
From our weary team rep:
No pictures yet – we just had a VERY long day…
The matches on our court started nearly 1/2 hour late due to no R1, game ball and score sheets showing up; then our court was delayed all day long by poor scorekeeping by the other teams (not us, though, I must say!) (NOTE: The Aloha Region USAV referrees were very complimentary of our 12s scorekeeping ability.) The court ended up running 1 1/2 hours late then we had an extended playing day as you will see below…
JAMMERS VS FRONT RANGE
Set 1 25 – 15 Jammers Win
Set 2 24 – 26 Front Range Win
Set 3 10 – 15 Front Range Win

I guess you could call this a meltdown after losing a close 2nd set

JAMMERS VS COLORADO PERFORMANCE
Set 1 25 – 23 Jammers Win
Set 2 25 – 12 Jammers Win

JAMMERS VS BONGO
Set 1 22 – 25 Bongo Win
Set 2 16 – 25 Bongo Win

I referred to Bongo as the “Colorado Jammers” due to the way they play – – under sized, great ball control and smart hitting; wait for the other team to make a mistake. We were actually up 22-17 and had trouble with a server who served the last 8 points for Bongo.

Because Performance defeated Front Range in a 3 set match, we all fell
into a 3-way tie at 1-2. Due to the fact that this round feeds the Gold Medal round, the tie breaker must be a playoff (we were the tie breaker winner and were the #1 seed for the tie breaker playoff). Performance once again defeated Front Range 25-23 and moved on to face the Jammers to determine which team would advance to the Gold Round final 4 teams.
JAMMERS VS COLORADO PERFORMANCE
One Set 25 – 22 Jammers Win YAY!

The game was close up until late in the match when Performance stretched their lead out to 21-15. After getting the serve back, Kelci R. served 5 straight points. After getting serve back once again, Shannan served out the final 3 points for the win.

The good news is that we are now in the final four teams and we get to

sleep in tomorrow! Our matches up until now started at 8:00am (we had to get up by 5:30am), tomorrow is at 11:00am so we get to sleep in!

Hope to have good news tomorrow – the teams we are going into are really tough, but, our girls can beat any team here if they play Jammers volleyball…
Semifinal Match will be Jammers vs. Cajunland . . .

DAY 1 — Jammers started the tournament as Team 1 in Pool 1. In typical Jammer fashion, the Jammers 12s gave heartburn to their parents when they dropped the second set of their first match. Match 1 was against Club Amarillo 12-2 Brenda. Despite the three hour time difference, the Jammers cruised through the first set 25-8. The Texans were fast learners. and won the second set by a heart-crunching two points, 23-25. NO WORRIES COACH BERNIE! In the third set, Jammers won with a nice cushion 15-10. Thereafter, the Jammers broom SWEPT Colorado Springs Altitude, 25-9, 25-12, and SWEPT Club Amarillo 12 Krush, 25-15, 25-19.
Tomorrow, the Jammers will play in a tougher pool of teams which were 1st or 2nd place in their respective pools on Day 1. Hana Hou.

Next week, our 17s will travel to Baltimore, MD. to play in the USAV North East Qualifier.
We will try to track our travelling teams on a daily basis. Come back soon!

















Sunday, March 13

Jammers Win Their Pool in 14U
On the other good news front, the Jammers 13steam are getting stronger and stronger. They won their pool in a 14U tournament on 3/13/05 on the strength of their strong service and strong defense.

Saturday, March 12

Jammers 17s Win Another
Jammers 17s won another 18-u tournament at Lanakila Gym on Saturday 3/12/05. Other teams were Jammers 15s, Quicksets 17 Kent, Quicksets 18s Kent and Onipaa 18. There was a mild hiccup in the game against Quicksets 18s but the Jammers 17s convincingly won the third set. All other teams were swept by the Jammers 17s. Despite the absence of their primary setter, Jammers 15s were competitive and actually won one match in their first 18 under tournament.

Thursday, March 10

3 Jammers Teams Honored; 1st Place for 17s and 15s
Congratulations to the entire Jammers ohana, parents, players, and coaches. On March 10, 2005, www.prepvolleyball.com released its first regional rankings for 2005 club volleyball. The website is devoted to high school and club volleyball. The site divides the nation into 12 regions. Hawaii is placed in the Pacific Northwest Region with Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Jammers was honored with 1st place in the 17s, 1st place in the 15s and 4th place in the 16s. “Jammers is the class of the Islands currently, led by setter Dani Mafua, a recent commit to the Rainbow Wahine”. The site said our 16s could challenge “top dog Maunalani”. Of the 15s, the site says “Jammers has a great OH in Chanteal Satele”. The 15s are coached by Wahine Melissa Villaroman who will be joining the National Team in early May.
On the March 3, 2005, “Court Report,” the site said “kudos to Jammers 16s for winning an elite under-16 tournament that featured nationally ranked Jammers 15s and the Hawaiian Islands 16s team that played 17s in Vegas and finished tied for 22nd. Kylie Harrington starred for Jammers 16s, hitting .415 on 52 swings. Kea Kea continued her fine setting for Jammers 15s.” For the week’s dream team: “OH: Kylie Harrington, Jammers 16s: Was on fire as Jammers, a team with great potential, began filling some of it with a title in an elite under-16 tourney on the Islands”.

Thursday, March 10
THREE JAMMERS TEAMS HONORED
Congratulations to the entire Jammers ohana, parents, players, and coaches. On March 10, 2005, www.prepvolleyball.com released its first regional rankings for 2005 club volleyball. The website is devoted to high school and club volleyball. The site divides the nation into 12 regions. Hawaii is placed in the Pacific Northwest Region with Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Jammers was honored with 1st place in the 17s, 1st place in the 15s and 4th place in the 16s. “Jammers is the class of the Islands currently, led by setter Dani Mafua, a recent commit to the Rainbow Wahine”. The site said our 16s could challenge “top dog Maunalani”. Of the 15s, the site says “Jammers has a great OH in Chanteal Satele”. The 15s are coached by Wahine Melissa Villaroman who will be joining the National Team in early May.
On the March 3, 2005, “Court Report,” the site said “kudos to Jammers 16s for winning an elite under-16 tournament that featured nationally ranked Jammers 15s and the Hawaiian Islands 16s team that played 17s in Vegas and finished tied for 22nd. Kylie Harrington starred for Jammers 16s, hitting .415 on 52 swings. Kea Kea continued her fine setting for Jammers 15s.” For the week’s dream team: “OH: Kylie Harrington, Jammers 16s: Was on fire as Jammers, a team with great potential, began filling some of it with a title in an elite under-16 tourney on the Islands”.





Saturday, March 5
Jammers 15s Win Their Fourth Tournament
Jammers 15s won their fourth tournament at King Intermediate on March 5, 2005.   The tournament was a ten team tournament with Jammers 16s, two Impact teams, Maui VBC, Lanakila Warren, Manoa, OVC Dean, Hiva 16-2, and Quicksets 15s. Jammers 15s split, but won by points against Impact 16s, and swept Maui VBC, Manoa, and HIVA 16-2.   In the other pool, Jammers 16s won three matches but split with Lanakila Warren, which won the second pool because of the point advantage they had over Jammers 16s. In the championship single deciding game, Lanakila jumped to an early lead and maintained it until 15 or 16.   Jammers 15s were down 5 or 6 points until Jammer Tay, our smallest player, served nine straight during her second substitution onto the court. Whatever wasn’t an ace was taken care of by the front row. There were outstanding passes by the entire back row, including Marisa, Jessica, and Jackie, who handled some wonderful hard fast shots by Lanakila and provided good hitter and blocker coverage. The team had planned their first potluck for the season for that tournament so they celebrated by stuffing themselves afterwards.

Jammers 13s played in an under-14 tournament at Lanakila, and managed to take a set off of each opponent they played. One rally with Maunalani lasted for 2 1/2 minutes which showed excellent passing by both teams.
In another under-14 tournament at King Intermediate, Jammers 12s played in their very first under-14 match and did very well, winning 5 sets and dropping only 3. Parents were ecstatic. The players were very surprised.

Jammers 17s are Tournament Champions Again
Jammers 17s won another 18-under tournament on March 5, 2005, at Kalihi Gym. Tournament teams were OVC 18 Kelli, Quicksets 18 Sherri, Quicksets 18 Kent, Maui VBC, and Quicksets 17 Kent. Throus consistent excellence in serving, setting, passing and hitting, they swept OVC, and two Quicksets 18 teams to emerge tournament champions again in the Aloha Region 18-u division.

Sunday, February 27
Jammers 12s — Our Youngest Champions
Jammers 12s are the latest Jammers team to win a tournament championship. The Jammers 12s played on February 26, 2005, in a 5 team under-12 tournament at Kalhi District Park Gym. This was the first Aloha Region tournament for many of the players. Jammers 12s join their older sisters in the Jammers 17s, 16s, 15s, and 14s in becoming Aloha Region Champions. Click on the Picture of the 12s or on the title of this article to see the photo album of the 12s.
Jammers Club entered three tournaments on February 26, 2005, and won all three tournaments. Another good day for the club.
On January 27, 2005, the under-12 Jammers entered another tournament with the same result, winning the 5 team tournament championship. In two tournaments, the Jammers 12-1s have lost only one set — to their sister team the Jammers 12-2s.





Saturday, February 26
Jammers 16s Are Tournament Champions
Jammers 16s won their first, but definitely not their last, tournament championship. The Jammers 16s won the championship in a ten team “elite” 16 U tournament at King Intermediate. Other teams in the tournament were Jammers 15s, Impact Bala, HIVA 16s, Lanakila Warren, Lanakila Rudy, Manoa, Hookino, Quicksets Donovan, and Oahu 16s-1 Tommy. Jammers 16s swept three teams in their pool and split with HIVA 16s, who also lost one set to Lanakila Warren. Jammers 15s swept the other 4 teams in their pool. The playoff was another all Jammers match, Jammers 16s v Jammers 15s, 25 – 23.
The Jammers 16s join the Jammers 17s, 15s, and 14s as tournament champions in the Aloha Region.

Saturday, February 26
Jammers 14s are16-U Tournament Champions for the 2nd Time
Jammers 14s played in a ten team 16 under tournament and won an exciting playoff match with Lanakila. This was the second 16 under tournament which the Jammers 14s won.

Tuesday, February 22
Jammers Win All the Trophies
PresDay2005-14s

Jammers made a clean sweep of the trophies at the annual Quicksets President’s Day 16-U Tournament.
Jammers 15s — 1st Place
Jammers 14s — 2nd Place (Youngest team in the tournament)
Jammers 16s — 3rd Place
Four Jammers made the all-tournament team: Hoku Oleole (16s), Kea Kea (MVP) and Jordan Meredith (both from 15s), and Pihana Kea (14s.)

Tuesday, February 22
Another Tall Jammette
The Jammers ohana welcomes its newest Jammette, Jacqueline Kamaka Concepcion, who was born on February 21, 2005. She was over 8 pounds and was 22 1/2 inches tall. WOW — way over the average length of a newborn. Another six footer middle blocker is on the horizon for the Jammers. Big sister Skyler is the right side hitter for the Jammers 14s. As we said before, February 21, 2005, was a good day for the Jammers.

Tuesday, February 22
Jammers 16s Complete the Sweep on President’s Day
Jammers 16s completed the Jammers sweep of trophies in the 16s division of the three day Quicksets President’s Day Tournament. Jammers 16s started Day 3 as 1st seed in the division after sweeping the three other teams in the upper bracket on Day 2: Quicksets 16s, Jammers 16s and Jammers 14s. Alas, Jammers 15s were able to marshall their skills to reverse the rematch on Day 3 in a noisy and exciting semi-final match. Jammers 16s won the bronze; Jammers 14s, the silver, and Jammers 15s, the gold.

Saturday, February 19
Jammers 17s Bronze A Bracket Champions
Jammers 17s played in the Las Vegas Invitational from February 19-21. Click on picture to see photo album.

Day 3 –Jammers 17s won their bracket today and ended the tournament in 19th place as Bronze A Bracket Champions. There were 130 teams competeing in the 17s division. Jammers 17s ended up as the highest placed team from Hawaii in any division. Congratulations to all other Hawaii teams, especially Oahu 18-1s, Flight 1 A Bracket Champion, for representing the Aloha Region so well.
Day 2 — Well, today we won 2 games and lost 1. The girls lost a heart breaker to Carolina 17 Slam in 3 sets (25-15, 19-25 and 10-15). Then they beat Club West 17 Elite (25-16 & 25-18). Then at last, they beat Spike Sport 17 National (25-19 & 25-19). We are now in the bronze division and the best we can do is 19th
place.
Day 1 — Jammers 17s are off to a great start. Jammers 17s swept Colorado Perfomrance 17 red, 25-16, 25-11, Empire 17 Mizuno, 25-19, 25-11, and Arizona Grand Cancyon 17-1, 25-18, 25-14.   Hana Hou Jammers!

Wednesday, February 16
Jammers 17s Win an 18 Under Tournament
The Jammers 17s won an 18 under tournament on Sunday, February 13, 2005. They swept Maui Volleyball Club 2-0 and
split with Maunalani 16s to get into the Gold Bracket. In the Gold Bracket, they played Magnum Five-0 18s and Quickset 18s (Kent).   Jammers 17s took Magnum in three games and swept Quickset 18 to emerge victorious. Great practice for the Las Vegas Tournament later this week.

Saturday, February 5
Jammers 14s Win Their First 16 U Tournament
Jammers 14s are off to a great start for the 2005 season. In the middle of January, they won 2nd place in the three day Quicksets MLK tournamen. On February 5, 2005, they won their first 16 U tournament at Kalihi District Park Gym. Hana Hou!

Sunday, January 23
Jammers 15s Win Second Tournament
Jammers 14s, 15s, and 16s all entered a 12-team tournament at Keku Gym on Sunday, January 23.   All Jammers teams earned first place in three different pools in the seeding round.   The 15s played without middle Angie and utility player Marisa who were sick but came to cheer on their teammates. OH Jordan played with a tweaked ankle sufffered in practice the day before. Jesika had a serving run of 12 in the 1st set and a run of 13 in the 2nd set. Nearly 1/2 of her serves went to the floor on the opposing court. The 15s swept Oahu 16s Missy and Quicksets Patti in the seeding round. In the seeded round, Jammers 15s swept Jammers 16s and OVC 16s Tommy to end as tournament champions.   Proving the float is mightier than the jump and that the team which serves the longest wins, 51 of the serves resulted in a point without any further 15s’ action.

Monday, January 17

Jammers 15s and 14s Begin 2005 with a Flourish
Jammers 14s and Jammers 15s played in the Quicksets Martin Luther King Tournament on January 15, 16, and 17. The first two days were round robin pool play. The Jammers 15s swept the following 6 teams: Quicksets 16s Kent (25-21; 25-10), Quicksets 15s Patti (25-14; 25-11), Manoa 16s (25-9; 25-16), Magnum 16s (25-13, 25-16), Jammers 14s (25-22; 25-15), and Lanakila 16 Warren (25-19; 25-7).   Jammers 15s lost only one set in the entire tournament in a split with OVC 16 Tommy (17-25; 25-21) in pool play.
Jammers 14s swept Manoa (25-23; 25-22; Quicksets 16s (25-11; 25-17); Lanakila 16 Warren (25-14; 25-14, Quicksets 15s (25-21; 25-11)and OVC 16 Tommy (25-16; 25-17) .Jammers 14s split with Magnum 16 (16-25; 25-15) and were swept only by Jammers 14s. At the end of pool play, Jammers 15s were seeded first and Jammers 14s were seeded second.
During the playoffs, both teams swept their opponents and ended in the finals against each other.   Jammers 15s swept the Jammers 14s 25-19, 25-6 to become Quicksets MLK Tournament champions.


Jammers 2005 Tune Up Clinic

Leslie with Coaches
Jammers offered a “tune up for club season” clinic with Leslie Tuiasosopo.   Leslie is Assistant Coach for the 2005 Final Four University of Washington Huskies. She is a graduate of UW, played on our national team in 1999 and internationally.

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