Oahu-based Team Piko girls volleyball club defeated Asics Mavs 25-17, 25-11 for the national title at the USAV Girls Junior Nationals in New Orleans, La., today.
The team won the 14-Under crown. Their head coach is Lehua Kadooka. Team Piko qualified for the championship bracket after five pool-play matches on days 1 and 2. On day 3, they emerged after two matches as a qualifier for the championship (gold) bracket. Team Piko won its quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches today.
It is the third national title for the club and their first since 2012.
Members of Team Piko: Lauren Asato, Madison Goodman, Hikialani Kaohelauli‘i, Pi‘ikea Lopes, Taylor Magalei, Kaycie Makimoto, Gabrielle Naniseni, Jordyn Nichols, Paris Oliveira, Megan Suka, Makena Tongg-Woodall; assistant coaches Kilo Akiu, Revere Akiu and Brian Soares; head coach Lehua Kadooka; chaperone Dean Hirahira.