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Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils senior setter Marina Nakayama
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils senior setter Marina Nakayama (Al Garrido/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Marina NakayamaVolleyball, Nile C. Kinnick, JapanLast week: Helped rally the Red Devils from their first regular-season loss since 2008 to four straight victories in DODDS-Japan play, including a weekend series at E.J. King School at Sasebo Naval Base to improve to 10-1 on the season.Nakayama, a senior setter, had 23 assists in Kinnick’s 25-18, 25-13, 16-25, 25-17 loss Sept. 20 at Seisen International. From there, it was all Red Devils. Two days later, they won at Yokota 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 with Nakayama again posting 23 assists. At Sasebo, Nakayama compiled 57 assists and the Devils won 25-5, 25-5, 25-11; 25-12, 25-10, 25-13; and 25-12, 25-10, 25-10 over the host Cobras.“Marina is such a hard worker and an inspirational player,” coach Al Garrido said. “From the first point to the final whistle, she will give you 100 percent. Although the season is not even halfway through, I’m already thinking about how I’m going to miss her on the court next year.”Selected by Stars and Stripes staff.

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