Key dates, team capsules
Significant datesFriday, Sept. 9-Saturday, Sept. 10Interarea series between Kadena and Kubasaki of Okinawa and Yokota, Seisen International and Christian Academy Japan of Tokyo.
Friday, Oct. 7-Saturday, Oct. 82nd Kadena High School Invitational Tournament, Seoul American and Daegu American vs. Kubasaki, Kadena, Okinawa Christian International and Japanese teams to be determined.
Friday, Oct. 7-Saturday, Oct. 14Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam playoffs.
Friday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Oct. 29Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Boys Division I (large schools) Volleyball Tournament, Gyeonggi Suwon International School.Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Girls Division I (large schools) Volleyball Tournament, Seoul American High School, Yongsan Garrison.Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Boys Division II (small schools) Volleyball Tournament, Centennial Christian School, Seoul.Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Girls Division II (small schools) Volleyball Tournament, Asia-Pacific International School, Seoul.
Monday, Nov. 7-Friday, Nov. 132010 Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific Far East High School Girls Division II (small schools) Volleyball Tournament, Kelly Fitness & Sports Center, Camp Walker, and Warrior Gym, Daegu American School, Camp George, South Korea.
Monday, Nov. 7-Saturday, Nov. 122010 Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific Far East High School Girls Class AA (large schools) Volleyball Tournament, Falcon Gym, Seoul American High School, and Collier Field House, South Post, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
Team capsulesGirlsDivision I
Seoul American Falcons, Yongsan GarrisonCoach — Lori Rogers, first season (coached boys for 11 seasons)Key performers — Hannah Swafford, Sr., OH; Tammy Garman, Sr., MB; Tiffaney Mitchell, Sr., setter; Hannah Nelson, Jr., defense; Raven Harrison, Jr., OH; Iliana Vega, Sr., MB; Teslyn Foster, Sr., MB.Overview — Reloading. Rogers faces the challenge of replacing departed superstar hitters Liz Gleaves and Destinee Harrison, and 31-year coach Denny Hilgar; says she’d rather her team make its own mark rather than follow footsteps.
Guam High Panthers, Agana HeightsCoach — Lillian Taitano and Denise Triplett, second seasonKey performers — Monica Tougher, Sr., setter; Reanne Acasio, Jr., MB; Cristiana Mendiola, Sr., UT; Alyssa Swingle, Jr., MB; Tiffani Unsiog, So., OH; Zaria Kelley, So., MB: Sabrina Rivo, Sr., UT; Kara Guerrero, Sr., OH (transfer from George Washington); Leah Guerrero, Jr., defense (transfer from Notre Dame).Overview — Reloading-contending. Panthers may have the most individual talent of any team on the island, bolstered by the Guerreros and two other transfers. Could be the school’s best team in 11 years.
Kadena Panthers, Kadena Air BaseCoach — Sara Corley, first season (coached unbeaten junior varsity team last year).Key performers — Jienniphyre Soderlund, Jr., libero; Chantal Myers, Sr., OH; Angela McNatt, SO., MB; Caroline Robles-Graham, Sr., RH; Kelsey Rogers, Fr., OH.Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. Four players move up from that unbeaten JV. Corley focusing a great deal on fundamentals.
Kubasaki Dragons, Camp FosterCoach — Mike Hogen, third season.Key performers — Chanel Grice, Jr., OH; Keila Welky, Fr., setter; Sarah Wheeler, Fr., libero; Aijia Peters, Fr., MB; Stephanie Dowse, Fr., MB; Emily Lampert, So., setter.Overview — Reloading. Young, homegrown, all participated with off-base volleyball club during the offseason. They’re coachable and will develop quickly under Grice’s leadership, Hogen says.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils, Yokosuka Naval BaseCoach — Al Garrido, fifth season.Key performers — Emily Stith, Sr., MB; Mashia McKinney, Jr., MB; Jerimae Capuyan, Jr., setter; Michayla Robinson, Jr., OH; Akemi Allan, Sr., defense.Overview — Reloading-contending. Will be tough to replace departed setter Marina Nakayama’s skills, but Capuyan should fit those shoes well. Plenty of talent left on the shelf, both for this season and next.
Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air BaseCoach — Kim Futrell, first season.Key performers — Kathryn White, Jr., setter; Cora Argallon, Jr., OH; Sydney Glover, Sr., setter; Becca Warren, So., OH; Trinity Davis, So., MB; Reona Richberg, Jr., MB.Overview — Reloading. Just three varsity players return to a team that’s predominantly freshmen, but plenty of talent. Good team chemistry will be a help.
Zama American Trojans, Camp ZamaCoach — Jenny Torres, first season.Key performers — Carlie Olson, Jr., setter; Maria Toro, Sr., OH; Briana Myrick, Sr., MB.Overview — Rebuilding. Torres says she’ll work to build more well-rounded players who can play all positions to compensate for lack of depth.
E.J. King Cobras, Sasebo Naval BaseCoach — Pete Soto, first season.Key performers — Sakura Bellwood, Sr.; Nicole Mendoza, Sr.; Sarah Fitzwater, Sr.; Sasha Kite, Sr.; Marie Meneses, Sr; Debra Avalos, So.; Ashley Rock, Sr.; Kaitlin Rock, Jr. (Rocks transferred from States).Overview — Reloading-contending at the D-II level. Solid senior group augmented by Ashley and Kaitlin Rock’s move from the States where they played club-level ball. May be the strongest Cobras group in 12 years.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai, Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniCoach — William McDonald, first season.Key performers — Courtney Beall, So. MB; Samantha Herritt, Jr.; Jessa Guingab, Sr., OH; Katelyn Luke, Sr., OH; Jaimie McCarthy, Sr., OH; Shannon Gilbert, Jr., MB; Sasha Shibazaki, So., RH; Briana Angel, So., MB.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Hoping to build on 15-24 record and sixth-place D-II tournament finish last season.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles, Misawa Air BaseCoach — Sarah Richardson, 20th season.Key performers — Sydney, Collier, Jr., MB-OH.; Alexis Farrow, Jr., MB-OH; Xala Sledge, Sr., OH; Katarina Ahlberg, Sr., defenseOverview — Perpetually rebuilding, Richardson enters her third decade at the helm of an Eagles team that must replace the all-around talent of Marissa Goodwin. Not much depth and a lack of regular-season matches won’t help.
Osan American Cougars, Osan Air BaseCoach — Caylen Dakin, first season.Key performers — Ashley LaFortune, Sr., MB-OH; Alex Hauter, Sr., OH; Taylor Byrom, Fr., OH; Caprice Lockett, Jr., MB; Jasmine Stansberry, Sr., MB; Bobbyjean Hilliard, Sr., RH-setter; Janellis Collins, Sr.; Ceressa Swickard, Jr., setter; Machala Swickard, So., setter; Sydney Barker, Fr., libero.Overview — Reloading. Cougars must replace virtually their entire starting lineup, and welcome their fourth coach in four seasons, but Dakin is hopeful the players can become rounded to give the team greater flexibility and the team can build chemistry to go with that depth, flexibility and talent.
Daegu American Warriors, Camp WalkerCoach — Joanna Wyche, fourth season.Key performers — Leanne Quizon, Sr., setter; Maleah Potts Cash, Sr., MB; Michelle Quizon, Jr., OH-defense; Kaitlyn Nott, So., OH-setter-MB: Sarah Wright, So., OH-defense; Rachel Wyche, So., OH-defense.Overview — Reloading. Warriors must replace their entire starting lineup of the last two years, but coach Wyche firmly refuses to utter the word “rebuilding” and insists there’s still plenty left in the cupboard to contend with.
Seoul American Falcons, Yongsan GarrisonCoach — Chae Yi, first season.Key performers — Quinton Wylde, So., MB: Richard Hatfield, Jr., OH; Michael Rivera, Sr., MB; Nick Brannon, So., setter; Taewoo Lee, Sr.Overview — Reloading. Most starters are gone from last year. “Possibilities are there,” Yi says, but somebody must step up to fill the leadership role vacated by Eric Tarikas.
Osan American Cougars, Osan Air BaseCoach — Mike Miano, first season.Key performers — Jimin Dong, Sr., MB: Minsu Kim, Jr., OH; Daniel Kim, Jr., setter; Michael Benson, So., MB (comes over from football); Richard Mejia, Sr., setter (comes over from soccer).Overview — Rebuilding, rebuilding, rebuilding. Plenty of talent left from last year’s championship season, but how can Miano replace the Gang of Four, Nate Baldevia, Jason Griess, Billy Bortscheller and Matt Albonetti?
Daegu American Warriors, Camp WalkerCoach — Amber Boldenow, second season.Key performers — Sam Oh, Sr., MB-OH; Ashley Combs, Jr., OH, fill-in setter; Preston Seiria, So., setter; Adam Locke, Sr., MB.Overview — Reloading. A handful of returners surrounded by new talent that hasn’t played yet “but looks pretty good,” Boldenow said.