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Nadine MulvanyCross country

Nile C. Kinnick, Japan

Last week: Won her first DODDS-Japan 3.1-mile race of the season, navigating the Isanoura Park course in Nagasaki in 20 minutes, 30 seconds, 1:20 better than Red Devils teammate Brittany Evans.

For Mulvany, a senior, the victory was her first since winning the 3.1-miler in the 2006 Far East meet. After going winless last year, coach Philip Bailey says Mulvany "does not want to repeat that disappointment."

"Nadine has ‘win’ in her eyes. From the first week of practice, there has been a look of determination that this is her year," Bailey said, adding that Mulvany serves as a team leader, encouraging her teammates to keep pushing and work hard during difficult parts of races and practices. "She has always been a person who acknowledges the help of her teammates … and has often looked at their success above her own."

Dan ArnoldBoys volleyball

Osan American, South Korea

Last week: Racked up 23 spike kills and totaled 27 defensive digs as the host Cougars beat Seoul American 25-10, 25-14, 26-24 Wednesday, then the next day traveled to Daegu American, where Osan beat the Warriors 25-15, 27-25, 25-18.

Arnold, a senior, has paced the Cougars to the best start in school history (3-0), with last week’s two victories coming against the defending Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference champion and runner-up. Osan has not lost a set and Arnold has 40 kills, 14 service aces, 35 digs and seven block points during that run.

"When we have been pushed to the brink of defeat, Dan takes the team on his shoulders and makes smart play after smart play," coach Michael Hogen said of Arnold, who plays and practices year-round with the Osan base team. "He is committed in every way."

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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