Daegu spikers on a roll heading into Far East
SEOUL – After capturing the first Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Five-Cities Division postseason tournament title in school history, coach Joanna Wyche feels Daegu is ready to compete for its third Far East Division II title in four years.
“They’re listening, they’re adjusting, they’re allowing themselves to be coached and trust their coaches, and taking those tools onto the court and implement what we’re saying, see that it works and stick with it,” Wyche said.
She spoke after the Warriors beat regular-season champion Seoul American for the second time in as many matches on Friday. The Warriors clinched the title 26-24, 25-17, 25-22, hours after reaching the final of the double-elimination tournament by beating the Falcons 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15. Junior Lari Robertson was named tournament MVP.
Without a bona-fide signature hitter in the mold of prior Warriors stars Kristina Bergman and the late Lynnette Grant, Wyche stressed at season’s start a team concept, which has paid off, she said.
“This is the most well-rounded team I’ve coached yet,” Wyche said. “This was a true team effort.”
On the boys side, Yongsan International School-Seoul pulled a shocker over regular-season champion Seoul Foreign, beating the Crusaders 25-21, 25-18, 26-24 for the title behind MVP Tatsumi Himoto.
Seoul Foreign shared the boys team crown and captured the girls team championship in the KAIAC tennis tournament it hosted Thursday and Friday. Juniors Jeffrey Kim and Jae-hyun Kim remained unbeaten in KAIAC play all three of their seasons and repeated All-KAIAC honors.