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Serving It Up




I had the honor this past June [27th] of playing on team Help! (coached by Nate Young) in the Aloha State Games, Mens “B” Division. I woke up at an unheard of 7:00am, put on my shoes, and headed to the gym to support the Help! womens team, as well as team Short Stack (coached by Alan Kajiyama), both of whom have fellow RPJ members within their ranks.

At 7:30am the gym was already in a flurry, with teams in every corner of the gym warming up. The competition was fierce and varied, with many local teams that have been playing together for years, some teams that have only been playing for a couple months together, and even one team from Moloka’i. Both team Help! and Short Stack played hard, and in the final match, faced each other for the top seed in their pool.  Short Stack eventually prevailed and would join the second day of competition, fighting against the two top teams in the tournament.

At noon, it was the men’s turn to play. Stepping into the court, my heart started pumping, and i knew I was in a whole new world.  Goodbye RPJ Co-ed league; Hello Men’s Club Volleyball.  Having played in high school as a middle blocker, I thought I was prepared for the task that lay ahead of us, but as I watched the volleyballs get spiked to the wood and bounce back up to the ceiling, I got a little nervous. The look on my teammates faces echoed my anxiety. Im proud to say though, that as soon as that first whistle blew, those looks of anxiety turned to looks of determination. Our team played our hearts out, and even though we didnt make it out of our pool, we all agreed that it was a fun and learning experience.

Playing in this tournament really motivated me to look at playing in a more competitive setting. The excitment level is like nothing else, and that goal of winning a medal is addicting. I went home and pondered this new opportunity, but as Sunday night came around, I welcomed the familiar RPJ league, and friendly faces I’ve seen across the net all these years.  Moving into the men’s club volleyball world will take a lot of work… I guess I better step it up against these RPJers.I had the honor this past June [27th] of playing on team Help! (coached by Nate Young) in the Aloha State Games, Mens “B” Division. I woke up at an unheard of 7:00am, put on my shoes, and headed to the gym to support the Help! womens team, as well as team Short Stack (coached by Alan Kajiyama), both of whom have fellow RPJ members within their ranks.
At 7:30am the gym was already in a flurry, with teams in every corner of the gym warming up. The competition was fierce and varied, with many local teams that have been playing together for years, some teams that have only been playing for a couple months together, and even one team from Moloka’i. Both team Help! and Short Stack played hard, and in the final match, faced each other for the top seed in their pool.  Short Stack eventually prevailed and would join the second day of competition, fighting against the two top teams in the tournament.
At noon, it was the men’s turn to play. Stepping into the court, my heart started pumping, and i knew I was in a whole new world.  Goodbye RPJ Co-ed league; Hello Men’s Club Volleyball.  Having played in high school as a middle blocker, I thought I was prepared for the task that lay ahead of us, but as I watched the volleyballs get spiked to the wood and bounce back up to the ceiling, I got a little nervous. The look on my teammates faces echoed my anxiety. Im proud to say though, that as soon as that first whistle blew, those looks of anxiety turned to looks of determination. Our team played our hearts out, and even though we didnt make it out of our pool, we all agreed that it was a fun and learning experience.
Playing in this tournament really motivated me to look at playing in a more competitive setting. The excitment level is like nothing else, and that goal of winning a medal is addicting. I went home and pondered this new opportunity, but as Sunday night came around, I welcomed the familiar RPJ league, and friendly faces I’ve seen across the net all these years.  Moving into the men’s club volleyball world will take a lot of work… I guess I better step it up against these RPJRPJ Member David Shimamoto recounts the action from last month’s Aloha State Games

Kristine is about to serve up some thunder at the Aloha State Games.
Kristine is about to serve up some thunder at the Aloha State Games.

RPJ’s David Shimamoto recounts the action from last month’s Aloha State Games Volleyball Tournament
I had the honor this past June [27th] of playing on team Help! (coached by Nate Young) in the Aloha State Games, Mens “B” Division. I woke up at an unheard of 7:00am, put on my shoes, and headed to the gym to support the Help! womens team, as well as team Short Stack (coached by Alan Kajiyama), both of whom have fellow RPJ members within their ranks.
At 7:30am the gym was already in a flurry, with teams in every corner of the gym warming up. The competition was fierce and varied, with many local teams that have been playing together for years, some teams that have only been playing for a couple months together, and even one team from Moloka’i. Both team Help! and Short Stack played hard, and in the final match, faced each other for the top seed in their pool. Short Stack eventually prevailed and would join the second day of competition, fighting against the two top teams in the tournament.
At noon, it was the men’s turn to play. Stepping into the court, my heart started pumping, and i knew I was in a whole new world. Goodbye RPJ Co-ed league; Hello Men’s Club Volleyball. Having played in high school as a middle blocker, I thought I was prepared for the task that lay ahead of us, but as I watched the volleyballs get spiked to the wood and bounce back up to the ceiling, I got a little nervous. The look on my teammates faces echoed my anxiety. Im proud to say though, that as soon as that first whistle blew, those looks of anxiety turned to looks of determination. Our team played our hearts out, and even though we didnt make it out of our pool, we all agreed that it was a fun and learning experience.
Playing in this tournament really motivated me to look at playing in a more competitive setting. The excitment level is like nothing else, and that goal of winning a medal is addicting. I went home and pondered this new opportunity, but as Sunday night came around, I welcomed the familiar RPJ league, and friendly faces I’ve seen across the net all these years. Moving into the men’s club volleyball world will take a lot of work… I guess I better step it up against these RPJers.

Article and pictures submitted by David Shimamoto

Ala on the net
Ala on the net

Di finds a way through the double block.
Di finds a way through the double block.

Na'a on the rise.
Na'a on the rise.

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