Apr 2013 02

Aloha! Huskies Win in Hawaii

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OKM Sr. Boys volleyball Team wins the first Annual Koolua Cup Invitational In beautiful Kailua, Hawaii.

The tour has been been 10 months in the making for coach Paul Thiessen. “I created a blended team of core players from the senior Huskies squad and then added to two from KSS Owls  to bring our numbers up to 8 for the tour. The tour required careful planning as we have six players also playing with the Kelowna volleyball club. During the spring break we had an opportunity to have our KVC club players play in two Club tournaments at the beginning and the end of spring break. The ten day Hawaiian tour fit nicely in between these two club tournaments.”

The Huskies squad landed in Honolulu , Hawaii three days before the event. This gave them a chance to get acclimatized and work on their beach volleyball and sun tans. The tour also gave the parents of each athlete the opportunity to travel with the entire family as well.

“Needless to say we had 8 players and 15 chaperones and family members join us on this fantastic event,” continue Thiessen.

The tournament was hosted by Le Jardin Academy school, a private school located in the mountains surrounding beautiful Kailua bay.  This gorgeous setting was the perfect back drop to the host venue. Seven teams attended the event, four Hawaiian teams and three from Canada. The two other Canadian teams came from Ontario.

The Huskies impressed the local teams with dynamic offense and tenacious defense. They finished pool play winning all three matches with a record of 5 – 1 and held first place .  The tournament used an unusual format of single game elimination playoff format. This made for some very competitive playoff action.  The Huskies received a bye to the semi-finals were they had to play against the toughest team in the pool. The team from Kalaheo was big , three players  6’5 to 6’7″. The game was close at the 15-15 when the Huskies defense began to take over. Some key transition kills by Isaac Smit and Devon Cote hitting from the right side helped to build our lead. The match was put out of reach when Liam Duncan converted a quick attack in the middle ending the match at 25-21. This was by far the Huskies’ toughest opponent of the tournament. This team finished 3rd in the Hawaiian state championships last season.

The final match was against Campbell high school from Honolulu area. The Huskies had played them in pool play earlier and were able to play all players in this match. Tanner Thiessen had two aces , two kills and a stuff block in the final. Spencer Michielsen made several great digs during the final as the team Libero, Dane Smit provided solid passing and offensive play throughout the tournament. Evan Yarrow who was a last minute replacement to go on this tour did  a nice job in the middle blocking department as he was a force at the net. Ryan Luck the captain of the team led the Huskies offense which thoroughly confused the opposition.

OKM took home the first prize in convincing style winning the final game 25-15 to win the first ever Koolua Cup.

Team members included:  Isaac Smit, Dane Smit, Spencer Michielsen, Ryan Luck, Tanner Thiessen, Evan Yarrow all OKM players, Devon Cote, Liam Duncan KSS players. Coaches Paul Thiessen, Marv Luck


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