Every summer Coach Dan Glenn brings his Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team to Hawaii for a tournament. It is a perfect time to start the upcoming season with good competition, team bonding and most importantly, life lessons, which Coach Glenn strongly stresses.
The tournament is on the island of Oahu and is played at 'Iolani High. The Ann Kang annual tournament is named for a former University of Hawaii player and 'Iolani coach named Ann Goldstein Kangaroo, who passed away over 10 years ago from ALS, which is also know as Lou Gehrig's disease. Last summer, Newport lost in the final to an excellent high school team from Taiwan.
After arriving late on Monday night and waiting for the rental vans (which is a common problem when traveling with a team), the team settled at their Waikiki hotel and the girls were exhausted. Two of Hawaii's best high school teams do not play in the Ann Kang so Glenn always schedules a scrimmage with Punahou and Kamehameha to assure that his team plays each of the best on the island. The problem is that the Newport girls must play on Tuesday morning at 9 which is actually 6 back in Newport.