Off the gridiron, on the tennis courts: Yokota freshman Youngdahl makes Kanto tournament history
Published: October 23, 2009
No expectations, she says, did she harbour entering Thursday's Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools tennis tournament at Shirako Tennis Complex. Well, not only did she surpass her goals of leaving it all on the court and perhaps reaching the semifinals, she won the whole shooting match. Erika Youngdahl, a freshman, not only became the first Yokota singles title wiinner -- she just might be the first DODDS-Japan player ever to do so.
Completely expected were Kyle Sprow and Elliot Mason, Kadena seniors each, repeating their Okinawa Activities Council doubles titles, while Elissa Mason and Christin Gentz, Kadena senior and junior, won the girls doubles. Sprow and Elliot Mason are the defending Far East tournament champions and Sprow and Elissa Mason will each defend their Far East singles titles starting Nov. 9 at Kadena's Risner Tennis Complex.
And congratulations to the Kubasaki Dragons girls volleyball team, which won the annual best-of-five OAC series 3-2, rallying from two sets down to storm past Kadena at the Dragons' Den.