Seoul American FalconsCoach — Lori Rogers, second season (coached boys for 11 seasons).Key performers — Hannah Nelson, Sr., Libero; Raven Harrison, Sr., WH; Michelle Higgins, Sr., MB; Iyanna Williams, Sr., OH-MB; Sade Akinbayo, So., MB; Cora Shaw, Jr., OH; Glenesha Berryman, So., MB (transfer from North Carolina); Ashley Clement, Jr., OH, setter (transfer from Kentucky); Robin Galiano, So., OH.Overview — Reloading. Seven of 10 players from last year graduated or transferred but Falcons varsity gained plenty of talent both from the PCS plane and the junior varsity ranks.
Guam High PanthersCoach — Rhoda Bamba, first season.Key performers — Alyssa Swingle, Jr., MB; Tessa Jaynes, So., OH; Tiffany Unsiog, Jr., OH; Kayla Blend, So., setter; Catherine Fuller, So., setter; Paige Bossart, Sr., Libero).Overview — Reloading. Bamba, primarily a soccer coach who hasn’t coached volleyball since 1997, says she’s hoping to change the Panther volleyball culture from recreational to competitive and hoping the team can peak at Far East Division I, which it hosts this year.
Kadena PanthersCoach — Kelli Wilson, first season.Key performers — Angela McNatt, Jr., OH; Arisa Alvarez, Jr., MB-OH; Juwanna Bates, Sr., setter; Chelsea Jones, Sr., Libero; Nia Rodriguez, Jr., MB; Kayla Meredith, Sr., MB-OH (stateside transfer); Shannon Nolan, Jr., MB; Carais Lawrence, Sr., MB: Maria Vaughan, Sr., OH.Overview — Reloading. Plenty of good returners meshed with newcomers, plenty of power and senior leadership, and more height than the team has ever had.
Kubasaki DragonsCoach — Mike Hogen, fourth season.Key performers — Keila Welky, So., OH; Stephanie Dowse, So., MB; Emily Lampert, Jr., setter; Jienniphyre Soderlund, Sr., setter-OH (transfer from Kadena); Syvanna Ascensio, Sr., OH; Kelsey Rogers, So., OH (transfer from Kadena); Crystal Sieber, So., WH; Sara Frazier, So., MB: Ameyna Jackson, Jr., MB.Overview — Contending. Entire Far East starting lineup returns, most played in the offseason with the Shisa Volleyball Club that traveled to Guam last month and placed second in the Shieh preseason tournament. Question of how deep a dent Dragons can make in the top eight at Far East.
Kinnick Red DevilsCoach — Al Garrido, sixth season (assisted by last three coaches of Guam’s women’s national team, Anthony San Nicolas, Matthew Lee and Johnny Lizama).Key performers — Mashia McKinney, Sr., MB; Jerimae Capuyan, Sr., setter; Michayla Robinson, Sr., OH; Kaile Johnson, Jr., OH; Charlotte Johnson, So., OH; De’Asia Brown, So., OH; Noblae Wainwright, So., MB (transfer from California); Kelly Osterbrink, Jr., setter; Mariah Warner, Fr.Overview — Reloading-contending. Will be tough to replace departed Emily Stith’s and Akemi Allan’s leadership, but this team probably has the best individual talent of any under Garrido at Kinnick.
Yokota PanthersCoach — Karen Lund, first season.Key performers — Cora Argallon, Sr., OH; Sydney Glover, Sr., OH-MB; Kissy Sonnenberg, Jr., OH; Langley Sonnenberg, Fr., OH; Amelia Arnold, Jr., MB-WH; Sarah Claypool, So., MB (transfer from Ramstein, Germany).Overview — Reloading. Strong veteran core combines with junior varsity move-ups and transfers; question is how quickly they’ll blend into a contender.
Zama American TrojansCoach — Kelly Wigton, first season.Key performers — Kristina Baldwin, Janilla Chitamin, Racahel Boyle, Bailee Olson; Candace Bowman, Jaclyn Ritter, Tahira Hendrickson.Overview — Rebuilding. Season will likely start slow, but under the guidance of Wigton, who played at Humboldt State, and her assistant Chrismond Raga, should be competitive by season’s end.
King CobrasCoach — Katherine Rock, first season.Key performers — Kaitlin Rock, Sr., MB-OH; Pauline Champlim, Sr.; Yasmine Weddle, Sr.; Jaemi Guieb, Sr.Overview — Reloading. It will be hard to replace departed Far East D-II Tournament MVP and Best Hitter Ashley Rock, but sister Katie Rock remains and the Cobras have 17 players at practice each day, more than they’ve had in 14 years, coach Rock says.
Perry SamuraiCoach — Tige Tarleton, first season.Key performers — Courtney Beall, Jr. MB; Samantha Herritt, Sr., setter; Sasha Shibazaki, Jr., WH; Mandolin Peterson, Jr., OH; Briana Drake, So., OH; Dina Roman, So., Libero; Lakeyia Brown, Jr., setter-OH (transfer from Nile C. Kinnick).Outlook — Reloading-contending. Yet another new coach, the third in four seasons, in the fold, but Samurai return more experienced players than they have in many a year.
Edgren EaglesCoach — Sarah Richardson, 21st season.Key performers — Alexis Farrow, Sr., MB: Natalie Gammel, Jr., MB; Kierra Davis, Sr., OH; Julia Bergman, Sr., OH; Amanda Williams, Sr., Libero (transfer from Washington); Kalean Middleton, Fr.Overview — Perpetually rebuilding. Richardson got a rare transfer in Williams, but she was the first significant arrival at Edgren since Bergman’s older sister, Jessica, four years ago. Enough veteran blood to be competitive, but not much depth and a lack of regular-season matches won’t help.
Osan American CougarsCoach — Caylen Dakin, second season.Key performers — Ceressa Swickard, Sr., setter; Machala Swickard, Jr., setter; Taylor Byrom, So., MB-OH; Ebony Madrid, Fr.; Trellini Lunsford, Sr., MB; Emily Cox, Jr., OH; Marticia Madison, Jr., OH; Jenny Rose Gange, So., Libero.Overview — Reloading. Cougars are more diverse in their abilities this season, which gives Dakin more flexibility in where she can play certain players. Cougars could round into a competitive lot come Far East D-II Tournament with the right chemistry, depth, flexibility and talent.
Daegu WarriorsCoach — Joanna Wyche, fifth season.Key performers — Michelle Quizon, Sr., OH-defense; Lari Robertson, Jr., MB; Kaitlyn Nott, Jr., MB: Sarah Wright, Jr., OH-defense-setter; Rachel Wyche, Jr., OH-defense; Rheagan Wyche, Fr., OH-setter; Danella Golden, Sr., defense.Overview — Reloading-contending. No longer do they have a tall, 6-foot or taller middle blocker in the Maleah Potts Cash or Kristina Bergman mold. But Coach Wyche feels Nott and Robertson, especially, can develop and become the middle blockers that would complete a team rich in outside hitting, defense and setting.
BoysSeoul American FalconsCoach — Ben Pak, first season.Key performers — Justin Outten, Sr., OH; Alex Stoffa, Sr., setter; Quentin Wilde, Jr., MB; Richard Hatfield, Sr., OH.Overview — Reloading. Third coach in three seasons possesses a strong veteran core, but seven new players with little experience dot the roster.
Osan American CougarsCoach — Shaw Rast, first season.Key performers — Minsu Kim, Sr., OH; Daniel Kim, Sr., setter.Overview — Rebuilding, rebuilding, rebuilding. Third coach in three seasons has just two players, the Kims, who have played ball; the rest are brand new.
Daegu WarriorsCoach — Edward Hearn, first season.Key performers — Aaron Combs, Sr.; Josh Oh, Jr.; Ryan Lattanzi, Sr.Overview — Reloading. Small veteran leadership core surrounded by plenty of inexperience.