2008 Season News

November 16, 2008
Jammers Gather around to celebrate Seniors signing their  College Letter’s of  Intent.  Seniors Gabby Whitworth, Piihana Kealoha and Courtney Lelepali

Jammers Sign Letters of Intent

Jammers signing letters of intent


Congratulations girls your hard work and perserverance has paid off.  we are very proud of you.



Jammers with Coach Yee



Sunday, November 4
Jammers at the Hawaii High School Volleyball Championships
Congratulations to the Jammers who played for their high school varsity teams in the 2007 Hawaii High School Girls’ Volleyball Championship Tournament from October 31 to November 3.
Division I:
State Champions:  Kamehameha — Caitlin Andrade (All Tournament Team, Division 1), Jordan Meredith (All Tournament Team, Division 1), Skyler Kamaka, Lesli Akeo
2nd Place:  Iolani– Malie Yoon, Lauren Minkel, I’ishah Keliikoa
3rd Place:  Punahou– Pihana Kea, Courtney Lelepali, Kristin Keeno
Consolation Bracket Winner:  Mililani High School — Candace
For the Semi-Final Round, Jordan Meredith was chosen impact player for the Kamehameha vs. Kahuku match and Malie Yoon was chosenimpact player for the Iolani vs. Punahou match
Division II:
Champions:  HBA  — Kelly Chang (All Tournament Team, Division 2)
3rd Place:  Word of Life — Tia Pearson
7th Place:  University High School — Brennan Clark (All Tournament Team, Division 2)Also participating for McKinley High School:  Jammer Angela SooaloJammers 18s had 7 of its members in the tournament.  Jammers 17s had 6 of its members in the tournament.

Saturday, November 17
Jammers Sign Early Letters of Intent
Jammers Jordan Meredith and Haililani Pokipala signed early letters of intent this week.  Jordan, a 6′ outside hitter, will attend Boston College in Massachusetts and play for the Eagles.  Haililani, a 5’10” outside hitter, will attend Fairfield University in Connecticut and play for the Stags.  Both schools compete in Division I volleyball.Meredith was a member of the Kamehameha Girls Volleyball team which was the Hawaii high school girl’s volleyball champion for three consecutive years.   Pokipala was a member of Sacred Hearts Academy volleyball team, which won the first Hawaii Division II championship in 2006.Both players are repeat participants in the USAV high performance program.   In 2005, the girls were starters on the Aloha Region High Performance team which won the national championship.    Pokipala was selected for the  Junior Olympics National All -Tournament 15-unders team in 2005.  Meredith was a member of the 2006 USAV Youth National Team which won the NORCECA championship.

Sunday, December 9
Jammers win Varsity Recognition
Congratulations to the following Jammers for receiving awards in the coaches and/or media polls for their performance in the 2007 high school season:
Caitlin Andrade — Star-Bulletin Fab 15 (#11), State Championship Division I All Tournament Team, and ILH Division I Second Team (Jammers 18s)
Tonisha Buford  — OIA West Division I, Honorable Mention (Jammers 16s)
Kelly Chang — First Team, ILH Division II and State Championship Tournament Division II All Tournament Team; Star-Bulletin Fab 15 Honorable Mention
(Jammers 17s)
Brennan Clark — Star-Bulletin Fab 15 (#15),  ILH Division II First Team and State Championship Tournament Division II All-Tournament Team (Jammers 18s)
Tiana Inong — OIA West Division I, Honorable Mention (Jammers 16s)
Elissa Ji — ILH Second Team Division I (Jammers 17s)
Pihana Kea — Star-Bulletin Fab 15 Honorable Mention
(Jammers 17s)
Jordan Meredith — Star-Bulletin Fab 15 (#3) and ILH Division I First Team, State Championship Tournament Division I, All-Tournament Team (Jammers 18s)
Lauren Minkel– ILH Second Team; Star-Bulletin Fab 15 Honorable Mention  (Jammers 18s)
Tiana Pearson — ILH Honorable Mention (Jammers 18s)
Haililani Pokipapa — ILH Second Team Division I; Star-Bulletin Fab 15 Honorable Mention  (Jammers 17s)
Candace Soares — OIA Western Division I, Player of the Year; Star-Bulletin Fab 15 Honorable Mention
(Jammers 17s)
Malie Yoon — ILH First Team; Star-Bulletin Fab 15 Honorable Mention    (Jammers 16s)NOTE:  “ILH” — Interscholastic League of Honolulu (private schools on the island of Oahu); “OIA” — Oahu Interscholastic League (public schools on the island of Oahu); Schools are in Division I or II based on prior year’s record and enrollment
Thursday, January 24
Jammers Kickoff the 2008 Season with the Cal Kickoff

Jammers VBC kicked off the 2008 season by sending three teams to the NCVA’s Cal Kickoff tournament in northern California for the MLK weekend.  Jammers 18s finished in 3rd place in 18 open after 5 matches on Day 2.  Jammers 17s finished in 11th place in 18s open, also playing 5 matches on Day 2.  Both teams also had the opportunity to visit several Bay Area colleges including USF and U of Pacific.  The 18s and 17s were fortunate to play in the Oakland Convention Center in lovely downtown Oakland.  Jammers 16s played in a colllllld  airplane hangar on Alameda Island.  Jammers 16s finished fifth in 16s open.Jammers 12 Red, Jammers 12 Black, Jammers 13s Red, Jammers 13s Black, Jammers 14s and Jammers 15s each played their first tournaments for the season in the Aloha Region on January 20.Sunday, February 17 Jammers at the 2008 Las Vegas Classic — February 16- 18
Day 3:  Jammers 18s won their first match, 19-25, 25-17, 15-10 over Orlando Volleyball Academy 18s.  Jammers 18s  lost their second match to NW 18 Air Elite. Overall Record:  W: 6; L: 2
Jammers 17s lost in the Silver Division to KIVA 17, ending the tournament tied for 13th place, the second highest Jammer finish ever in Las Vegas. Overall Record:  W: 7 L: 2
Day 2:  Jammers 18s lost one match but did win 2 matches and defeated the first seed in the pool, Goldenwest 18 Asics.  The team ended the day in a 3- way tie for first place.  Due to the tie breaking procedures, Jammers 18s ended in 3rd place in the pool to go to Flight 1A.
Jammers 17s won all their second round matches including exciting matches against Vision Gold 17 and  Club Fusion.  In the evening, Jammers 17s played two challenge matches.  They were successful in their first challenge match against KJ Baden 17 but lost the second to Skyline Roshambo and went to the Silver Bracket.
Day 1:  Jammers 17s and Jammers 18s had an excellent first day at the 2008 Las Vegas Invitational Tournament.  Each Jammer team defeated all other pool teams and won its respective pool and advanced in the upper division of the tournament.Photos of Jammers 17s courtesy of Julian Baum, www.biggirlinthemiddle.com.Wednesday, February 6
Jammers 14s Have Fun at First Tournament for 2008
Jammers 14’s have begun the season with a solid start.    They placed third in their first tournament of the season, a 16 and under tournament, behind Jammers 15’s and Mililani 16’s.  In their second tournament, the girls came in second place to Mililani 16’s.  Playing up in these 16 and under tournaments has made the girls stronger and more mentally prepared for their challenges that lay ahead. The girls have a great time on and off the court together. Clickhttp://www.slide.com/r/mNzh25_r4T_0SKnpRY_A68TPRf5SzC22?view=original to see some candid shots of the Jammers 14s at their first tournament and in-house scrimmage for the season.

Wednesday, February 13
Jammers 14s Win For First Time in 2008Coach Donovan comments on his team’s first tournament championship at a tournament for this season: “Our 14s girls took their respective tournament this past Sunday with a 26-24 win over Imi Ike.  Our girls started off the set down 5 points, then tied it at 12-12, then fought point for point all the way to the end.  It was exciting for me as my first tournament win as a Jammers’ coach.”  Good job, ladies!

Friday, May 16
Jammers 12s, 13s, and 17s are Qualified for JO’s!
April, 2008
Jammers 17s won the Aloha Region national bid for Junior Olympics.  This will be sixth consecutive Junior Olympic tournament for the core of the team which have been Jammers since they were 10 or 11 years old.
March 16, 2008
In an exhausting weekend for Jammers VBC, Jammers 12 Black and Jammers 13 Black qualified for the USAV Junior Olympics in the middle of March.  Jammers 12 suffered an early morning jitters loss in their first match against Kaulukoa Black.  Jammers 12 were successful in their next two matches.  Jammers 12 Black played Kaulukoa Black for a second time and gave Kaulukoa Black their first loss of the day.  In the double elimination tournament, the two teams were tied and played a sudden death, winner take all one set match to 25.  Jammers 12 black showed poise and consistency to win the tournament.Jammers 13s played without losing a single set in the JO bid tournament for the Aloha Region 13s bid to the Junior Olympics.  Because the tournament was double elimination, Jammers 13 black had to defeat OVC Kainoa twice.  The core of Jammers 13 black were the gold medalists at the 2007 Junior Olympics in the 12-under division.Jammers 13 red made it to the semi-finals of the tournament after being one of only two teams with one loss.  Unfortunately, their setter tweaked her ankle and was not able to play in the semifinals.  Jammers 13 Red ended in 3rd place in the tournament.Jammers 14s ended in 2nd place after an exhausting tournament.  They were undefeated up to the finals of the competition.  Because the tournament was double elimination, it was necessary to play Maunalani 14s a second time.  Maunalani 14s swept Jammers 14s in their second match of the day.  The tied teams then played a sudden death single set match to 25, which was won by Maunalani 14s.Jammers 17s played in the Colorado Crossroads national qualifier.  They won the bronze in 17s Open.The USAV Junior Olympics will be held in Dallas, TX, beginning at the end of June and extending through early July.Sunday, March 23
Jammers at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier

Congratulations to all Jammers who competed in week one of the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in eastern Washington.Jammers 13 Black won the Gold medal.  Jammers 13 Black dropped only one set in three days of tough competition.  This is the second Junior Olympic bid tournament the team have won in one week.  Their next mainland appearance will be at the USAV Junior Olympics in Dallas, TX, at the end of June.Jammers 13 Red performed valiantly, tying for third place in the Silver bracket in the 13 Under division.Jammers 14 competed in OPEN and ended in 2nd place in Flight 1, 6th place overall.  For point of reference, there were 18 14U teams in OPEN (the more competitive division) and 45 teams in Club.Jammers 15s competed in OPEN and ended tied for 3rd place in Flight 2, 11th place overall.  For reference, there were 16 15U teams in Open and 44 teams in Club.Thank you to the parents and coaches who worked just as hard as the girls did!

Tuesday, May 20 Jammers 12 Red Win the Gold at Ho’oikaika
Our youngest Jammers, Jammers 12 Red, won the gold medal at the 2008 Ho’oikaika tournament in Kauai.  Jammers triumphed over twelve teams in the 12-under division.  The team is coached by Francis Keeno.  For the last 8 years, Jammers has sent its youngest team to this tournament.  For many of our players, it is their first time travelling to play volleyball in another venue.  Great work Mia, Madison, Roina, Melia, Lyndsey, Emmalani, and Kamalani.    A special Mahalo to Coach Francis for once again taking our youngest team to the tournament!

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