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Division ISouth KoreaSeoul American Falcons, Yongsan GarrisonCoach — Denny Hilgar, 31st season.Key performers — Liz Gleaves, Sr., OH; Hannah Swafford, Jr., OH; Destinee Harrison, Sr., MB; Tiffany Mitchell, Jr., setter; Jackie Curry, Sr., libero.Overview — Contending, contending, contending. Year 3 of what Hilgar refers to as the “four-year cycle.” Hoping to take last step up ladder to ever-elusive first Division I title in what Hilgar says is his final season. Now or never.

GuamGuam High Panthers, Agana HeightsCoach — Lillian Taitano and Denise Triplett, first season.Key performers — Shanna Miller, Sr., setter; Kristianna Santos,Sr., MB; Christy Mendiola, Jr., OH; Sabrina Rivo, Sr, OH-setter.Overview — Rebuilding. Panthers have lost their first five matches, but Taitano hopes the team can improve as it works on cohesiveness, strategy, skill and confidence.

OkinawaKadena Panthers, Kadena Air BaseCoach — Greg Rosenberger, fourth season.Key performers — Shandi Korte, Sr., OH; Jienniphyre Soderlund, So., setter; Chantal Myers, Jr., MB; Jessica Rucinski, Sr., OH/setter (transfer from California); Angela McNatt, Fr., MB (transfer from California).Overview — Rebuilding, but competitive. Rosenberger feels he has the nucleus of potentially the best team he’s had on Okinawa. Much will depend on senior leadership and team chemistry.

Kubasaki Dragons, Camp FosterCoach — Mike Hogen, second season.Key performers — Ku’uleialoha Ampong, Sr., setter; Shadah Stansel, Jr., libero; Christelle Abello, Sr. OH; Elizabeth Fabila, Jr., OH; Alexandra Jansen, Sr., MB; Sonora Willeford, setter; Kaiya Wallace, MB; Elisia Garza, libero.Overview — Reloading. Though the Dragons lost two key middle blockers, Hogen feels his group is learning quickly and could peak in November. Ampong still the key cog at setter.

JapanNile C. Kinnick Red Devils, Yokosuka Naval BaseCoach — Al Garrido, fourth season.Key performers — Marina Nakayama, Sr., setter; Vicki Hollingshead, Sr., OH; Emily Stith, Jr., MB; Mashia McKinney, So., MB; Jerimae Sapuyan, So., setter.Overview — Reloading-contending. Though key hitters Mary Niemeyer, Camille Kawamoto and Shannon Jackson have departed, Garrido feels he has enough left on the shelf to make a deep run at a second straight Kanto Plain and DODDS Japan titles and in the Far East Division I tournament.

Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air BaseCoach — Bonnie Seeley, sixth season on varsity, 11th with program.Key performers — Elyse Chang, Sr.; Julia Marrin, Sr.; Kathryn White, Jr.; Ayanna Thomas, Jr.; Shannon Jenkins, Jr.; Cora Argallon, So.; Sophia Man, So (transfer from E.J. King); Lianne Pak, So. (transfer from Washington); Sydney Glover, So.; Tjaden Cornell, So.Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. Some returning experience combined with a couple of young transfers portends good things for Panthers teams of the future and perhaps the present.

Zama American Trojans, Camp ZamaCoach — Junior Jaquez, first season.Key performers — Alysa Prather, Sr.; Yuri Fisher, Sr.; Yurie Tanaka, Sr.; Hime Pitts, Sr.; Melody Brown, Sr.; Carlie Olson, Jr.Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. Precious little depth; Trojans suit up just seven varsity players. Jaquez says he plans on building his charges into multi-skilled players. A couple of girls have the ability, he says; others need to work on skills.

Division IIJapanE.J. King Cobras, Sasebo Naval BaseCoach — Steven Casner, second season; Laird Small, first season.Key performers — Sarina Renick, Sr., setter; Emily Cox, Sr., OH.Overview — Rebuilding. As always, short on size, and with precious little experience to help a large group of youngsters mold into a team.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai, Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniCoach — April Kelley, first season.Key performers — Kelli Clark, Sr., MB; Bre’Onna Ray, Sr., setter; Courtney Beall, Fr. MB (transfer from North Carolina); Samantha Herritt, So., setter (transfer from North Carolina); Tyesha Clayton, Jr., OH.Outlook — Reloading. Samurai have set two goals: Beating Kinnick and taking fifth place or better in the Division II tournament.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles, Misawa Air BaseCoach — Sarah Richardson, 19th season.Key performers — Marissa Goodwin, Sr.; Caroline Belleman, Jr.; Sydney, Collier, So.; Alexis Farrow, So.Overview — Richardson calls it the mother of all mothers of all rebuilding jobs. Her entire team from last season is gone except for two players. Richardson hopes her team can get more matches than just on weekends and gain experience and learn during the regular season. “I don’t want them to learn during the (Far East) Tournament,” she said.

South KoreaOsan American Cougars, Osan Air BaseCoach — Susan Hemmer, first season.Key performers — Jessica Wolfard, Sr., OH (transfer from two-time Europe Division I champion Ramstein); Lydia Kim, Sr., setter; Alina Hauter, Sr, OH; McKenzie Hardy, Sr., libero; Hilary Bliss, So.; Haley Cook, So., setter; Courtney Ouellette, Sr., defense.Overview — Contending. Plenty of experience and leadership, more than enough for the Cougars to make a deep run at their third Far East Division II title in four years.

Daegu American Warriors, Camp GeorgeCoach — Joanna Wyche, third season.Key performers — Kristina Bergman, Sr., MB; Angie Robinet, Sr., setter; Gulee Kwon, Sr.; Desiree Johnson, Sr.; Destinee Post, Sr. (transfers from Fort Lewis, Wash.).Overview — Contending. Key components of defending Far East Division II champion return, including four-year starter Bergman, a two-time All-Far East and former best hitter and best blocker selection. She’ll be tough to contain. Wyche’s biggest job is to ensure the Warriors remain grounded as they make another deep title run.

Significant datesFriday, Oct. 8-Friday, Oct. 15

Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam playoffs.

Friday, Oct. 29-Saturday, Oct. 30

Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Boys Division I (large schools) Volleyball Tournament, Korea International School, Pangyo.

Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Girls Division I (large schools) Volleyball Tournament, Seoul International School, Seongnam.

Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division II (small schools) Volleyball Tournament, Centennial Christian School, Seoul.

Monday, Nov. 8-Friday, Nov. 12

2010 Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific Far East High School Girls Division II (small schools) Volleyball Tournament, Robert D. Edgren High School and Potter Fitness & Sports Center, Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Monday, Nov. 8-Saturday, Nov. 13

2010 Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific Far East High School Girls Class AA (large schools) Volleyball Tournament, Falcon Gym, Seoul American High School, and Collier Field House, South Post, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

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