By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 6, 2017
Coach — Joanna Wyche, third season.
Key performers — Rhamsey Wyche, Sr., setter-OH; Dejayla Simms, Jr., OH-def.; Lauren Erp, Sr., setter; Val Robles, Sr., OH.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Must overcome the loss of several starters to graduation. As with any Wyche-coached team, she says, getting the players in synch and thinking together as a team is key.
Coach — Mike Hogen, ninth season.
Key performers — Donatella Barone, Jr., MB; Mimi Larry, Jr., setter-OH-def.; Linda Ross, So., MB; Abby Robinson, So., MB; Anya Andrade, Jr., setter; Zoey Weidley, Fr.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Graduation, transfers and injuries utterly demolished the roster. After three straight Far East D-II Tournament titles, Hogen is pretty much starting over. If there’s any coach who can build from scratch, Hogen can, but it may take a while.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
Coach — Anthony San Nicolas, fourth season.
Key performers — Exotica Hall, Sr., MB-OH; Andrea Venegas, Sr., libero; Jade McGinnis, Sr., MB.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Making a run at 12 straight DODEA-Japan regular-season and 11 straight tournament titles may be more of a challenge than ever for San Nicolas. Some strong building blocks remain in place, but graduation took its toll.
Seoul American Falcons
Coach — Ronda Gardner, first season; Steve Boyd, first season.
Key performers — Renee Thompson, Sr., MB; Ebony Dykes, Jr., MB; Ashley Clifton, Jr., OH-libero (transferred from Daegu; attended SAHS as a freshman.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Consistency and settling on one setter will be key; Falcons may go with a 6-2 set at the start. Replacing departed setter Faith Stehle (transfer) will be key. Clifton’s addition on defense could be huge.
Coach — Faritzel Mendez, fourth season.
Key performers — Kehealani Teague, Jr., OH; Catherine Christine, Sr., def.; Neena Ibit, Sr., OH-setter; Daija Turner, Fr.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Warriors have possibilities, but it will take the stars aligning, as Mendez says. Ibit, the girls soccer goalkeeper, brings leadership to the table.
E.J. King Cobras
Coach — Kylee Venetsanakos.
Key performers -- Ayumi Murphy, Sr., setter; Claire May, Sr., MB; Miya Omara, So., OH (transferred from Robert D. Edgren).
Outlook — Rebuilding. A solid core threesome returns. Venetsanakos is the team’s sixth coach in seven seasons; if she can do for volleyball what she did for girls soccer last spring, Cobras should do OK.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles
Coach — Sarah Richardson, 27th season.
Key performers — Sabrina Doria, Sr., setter; Naomi Johnson, Sr., def.-setter-OH; Julia Sanders, Sr., def.-OH.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Eagles lost all their middle blockers to graduation. Will again be short of regular-season matches to prepare for tournament play. Good core of veteran players short on height but long on experience; height will be the biggest issue.
Coach — Sun Choe, first season.
Key performers — Ryan Duncan, Sr., OH; Jayla Horn, Jr., OH-def.; Cleopatra Cody, Jr., def.-setter; Hayden McMillan, Fr., OH; April Alfaro, So., def.-setter; Kathleen Paclipan, Jr., setter.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Choe replaces Cheryl Curry, who had coached for three of the team’s first four seasons. Blackhawks have more players out this year than ever, featuring a junior-varsity squad for the first time. But only four returners from last year’s team bodes for more growth.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai
Coach — Patricia Swiderski, fifth season.
Key performers — Angel Cadavos, Sr., setter; Asia Walker, Sr., MB; Hazel Bolduc, Jr., libero-setter; Brie Barnett, Jr., MB; Maddi Swieczkowski, So., OH.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Several firsts for the Samurai: First time in five seasons that they don’t have a player named Erhart on the roster (Ani graduated in 2016 and Lebet in 2017), but also first time the Samurai have had to make cuts.
Coach — Krista Fagala, second season.
Key performers — Jana Rafi, Sr., libero; Elizabeth White, Jr., OH-def.; Amanda Harlfinger, Sr., setter; Maja Inthavixay, Jr., MB; Amber Palmer, So., OH (transferred from Radford HS in Hawaii); Vinnie Wengert, Fr., setter.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Graduation and transfers gutted the roster, save for a couple of returners. Not much height, as was the case a season ago, but some solid athletes return and move in. Palmer brings club experience to the team.
Coach — Byron Wrenn, first season.
Key performers — Britney Bailey, Sr., MB; Jamia Bailey, Sr., def.; Kyra Anderson, Jr., setter; Adrianna Diaz, Jr., MB; Caleigh Garcia, Jr., OH; Haley Singleton, Fr., OH; Alli Eastburn, Fr., OH.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Wrenn takes over a defending Far East D-II Tournament champion team flush with a core of veterans from that team coupled with promising outside hitters. Panthers in good place to make another title run.
Coach — Veronica Jones, fourth season.
Key performers — Paris Hingel, Sr., setter; Kiara Coleman, Sr., OH; Isabel Young, Sr., OH; Jessica Atkinson, So., MB.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. The Trojans had 51 players show for tryouts. Height is an issue; the Trojans don’t have what Jones calls a “beast” in the middle, but solid options abound on defense, outside and at setter.