The 2015 girls volleyball season begins this week with tournaments at Castle and Waiakea.
The first annual Nelly Invitational promises to be an emotional affair, being run for the first time in honor of longtime coach Danell Yanagida, who died last year at 33 years old.
Castle coach Grant Tolentino, who coached Yanagida as a player, put together the event with seven other teams accepting invitations. Yanagida was the program’s JV girls volleyball coach and an assistant for the boys team.
Tournament season gets really big the following week, led by ‘Iolani’s Ann Kang Invitational. Fields for the other tournaments will be updated when we get them.
Nelly Invitational at Castle, Aug. 14-15
Teams: Castle, McKinley, Aiea, Nanakuli, Kapolei JV, Kalaheo JV, St. Francis, Canada. Friday matches from 5-9 p.m., Saturday matches from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Waiakea tournament, Aug. 14-15
Teams: Waiakea, Pahoa, Ka’u, Hilo Gold, Honokaa, Waiakea White, Waiakea Blue, Ka’u, KS-Hawaii Blue, Kealakehe, St. Joseph, Hawaii Prep, Hilo Blue, KS-Hawaii White.
Ann Kang Invitational, Aug. 20-22.
Teams: Punahou, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita, Moanalua, Clovis, Crossroads, Mid-Pacific, Seabury Hall, Redondo Union, ‘Iolani, Huntington Beach, Dimond, Boswell, Konawaena, Upland Christian, Kailua.
McKinley Tiger Classic, Aug. 20-22
KS-Maui tournament, Aug. 20-22
Hawaii Volleyball Invitational at Kamehameha, Aug. 27-29
Longy Okimoto at Aiea, Aug. 27-29.
Waipahu tournament, Aug. 27-29.