Lookahead: Far East Girls Class AA Volleyball Tournament
Dates: Nov. 6-11.
Sites: Falcon Gym and Collier Field House, South Post, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
Host school: Seoul American High School, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.
Participating schools: American School In Japan Mustangs, Tokyo; Academy of Our Lady Cougars, Hagatna, Guam; Christian Academy In Japan Knights, Tokyo; George Washington Geckos, Mangilao, Guam; John F. Kennedy Islanders, Upper Tumon, Guam; Simon Sanchez Sharks, Yigo, Guam; Seisen International Phoenix, Tokyo; Zama American Trojans, Camp Zama/Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan; Seoul American Falcons, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea; Kubasaki Dragons, Camp Foster, Okinawa; Robert D. Edgren Eagles, Misawa Air Base, Japan; Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils; Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan; Hong Kong International Dragons; Guam High Panthers, Nimitz Hill, Guam; Kadena Panthers, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air Base.
Returning All-Tournament players: Kelsey Masuda, Stephanie Hino, CAJ; Catherine Thornton, ASIJ; Raelene Tajalle, Kubasaki; Rachel Raguindin, Catherine Aguinde, John F. Kennedy; Colleen Cruz, George Washington.
Format: Single round-robin play Monday, four pools of four teams each playing two-set matches for the purpose of seeding into Tuesday’s divisional play. Top teams in Monday’s pools enter Gold Division, second-place teams enter Silver Division, third-place teams enter Bronze Division, fourth-place teams enter Copper Division for another two days of single round-robin play, playing best-of-three matches. Modified single-elimination playoff begins Thursday, with teams playing best-of-five matches in the championship bracket and best-of-three in the consolation bracket, concluding with Saturday’s championship.
Schedule: First round-robin matches Monday start at 8 a.m., ending at 9 p.m. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s divisional matches start at 9 a.m., concluding at 6 p.m. Playoffs start at 9 a.m. Thursday, continuing through championship match at 5 p.m. Saturday. Award ceremony follows championship match.
DODDS-Pacific teams to watch:Yokota (coach Bonnie Seeley, second season): Youthful squad surrounding experienced middle hitter Allora Bellanger still trying to rebound after dropoff from fifth-place finish two seasons ago. Should be learning experience.
Seoul American (coach Denny Hilgar, 27th season): Avianca Manning and Gabriella Matautia show middle promise and Erica Anglade is strong outside. Mindy John and Lorna Haney shine on back row and along with Kristina Queen have assumed setting duties.
Nile C. Kinnick (coach Shane Hernandez, second season): Setter Mariko Wood is the lone veteran presence on a small, scrappy squad that shows good promise.
Guam High (coach Faye Hobson, first season): Rough go this season; Panthers haven’t won in 17 matches. Should learn and grow by leaps and bounds.
Kubasaki (coach Chris Kelly, first season): Alex Fernandez may be gone but middle blockers Chloe Freeman and Sarah Brubaker have stepped up ably. Setter Raelene Tajalle is the glue that holds this team together; sister Raeann is dangerous outside.
Kadena (coach Hoa Nguyen, first season): Complete rebuilding job. Aja Walker shows potential at the net, Rachelle Goodman can be a capable setter. Inconsistent serving hurts this lot.
Zama American (coach Dennis Decker, sixth year): Defending DODDS-Japan champions could be the best hope for DODDS-Pacific squads. Emily Hunter-Chester returns in the middle, Keily Sasano has learned the art of hitting outside and Maia Miller shows plenty of potential.
Robert D. Edgren (coach Sarah Richardson, 17th season): Returning All-Far East player Valerie Jones helps Eagles return to the Class AA level after one year of playing down. Up-and-down season but team has potential.