Games of the week
By Published: October 12, 2017
American School In Japan YUJO III Tournament
When – Thursday-Saturday.
Where – ASIJ’s Chofu campus in western Tokyo.
What – Only in-season inter-district invitational tournament of the season to feature DODEA schools from Japan’s Kanto Plain and Okinawa, along with three well-decorated international schools from the Kanto Plain. Three-time defending Far East Division I champion Kubasaki and defending Far East Division II champion Yokota are in the field, along with Nile C. Kinnick and Kadena. Also entered are Seisen and Christian Academy Japan, who along with host ASIJ hold 15 combined Far East D-I tournament titles. Seisen and CAJ hold one each at the D-II level.
Players to watch – Yokota brings reigning D-II Most Valuable Player Kyra Anderson, defensive specialist Jamia Bailey and middle blockers Britney Bailey and Adrianna Diaz. Kubasaki has but two returners from their three-peat years, middle blocker Donatella Barone and reigning D-I Best Setter Mimi Larry. Kinnick doesn’t have much height, but does bring All-DI player Faith Hughes to the court along with hitters Exotica Hall and Jade McGinnis. Kadena brings some power in DeJayla Simms and Rhamsey Wyche and versatile setter Lauren Erp.