By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 6, 2018
Humphreys High Blackhawks
Coach — Cassandra Horne, first season.
Key performers — Jayla Horne, Sr., MB; Cleopatra Cody, Sr., libero; Racquel Barnes, Jr., OH; Ebony Dykes, Jr., MB (transferred from Seoul American); Trinity Barretto, Fr., setter; Felicia Lor, Sr., OH-def.
Outlook — Reloading. Horne becomes the team’s third coach in three seasons, but Humphreys as a school is growing, the tryout pool was the biggest in the school’s history and with the additions of Dykes and Barretto and moving Cody back to her natural position, the Blackhawks could become competitive sooner rather than later in Korea Blue.
Coach — Joanna Wyche, fourth season.
Key performers — Dejayla Simms, Sr., OH-def.
Overview — 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, 10th season.
Key performers — Donatella Barone, Sr., MB; Mimi Larry, Sr., setter-OH-def.; Abby Robinson, Jr., MB; Anya Andrade, Sr., setter; Zoey Weidley, So., OH-def.
Overview — Contending. A year after fielding a lineup featuring no seniors, the Dragons are a year older and stronger and in position to retake the top spots in Okinawa and Far East, the latter which Kubasaki had won three straight years before finishing third last season.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
Coach — Anthony San Nicolas, fifth season.
Key performers — Sophie Williams, Sr., setter (transferred from California), Melissa Rose, Sr., MB; Tori Osterbrink, Jr., MB-OH; Emma Stevens, Sr., OH.
Overview — Reloading. After winning 10 straight DODEA-Japan tournaments and 11 straight regular-season titles, the Red Devils are hoping to start a new run. Replacing departed hitters Exotica Hall and Jade McGinnis won’t be easy, but Stevens, Rose and Osterbrink will try, and the addition of Williams was huge.
Coach — Faritzel Mendez, fifth season.
Key performers — Dai’Ja Turner, So., MB, Kehealani Teague, Sr., OH; Neea Lizama, Jr., setter; Jasmine Litton, Sr., def.; Katherine Johnson, Jr., MB; Reyann Belford, Sr., OH-setter (transferred from States).
Overview — Reloading. This could be the best Warriors team since the one that won the last of the school’s four Far East Division II titles. For the first time in Mendez’s five seasons, she had enough players to make cuts for varsity and junior varsity teams. Plenty of talent, holdover and incoming, to be competitive.
E.J. King Cobras
Coach — Joanna Bradford, first season.
Key performers — Marika Smith, Jr., setter; Julianna Boyce, Sr., WH (transferred from Swansboro, N.C.); Allison Kiefer, So., MB; Yumika Randall, Jr., OH; Miya O’Mara, Jr., OH; Reyana Walker-Yakob, Jr., def.; Hanna O’Mara, Fr., libero.
Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. Plenty of veteran blood on the team, but most returners were not starters. Good potential, should grow and get stronger as season progresses and possibly contend at D-II level.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles
Coach — Sarah Richardson, 28th season.
Key performer — Lily Enanoria, Fr., def.
Overview — After another offseason of graduations and transfers, Richardson and the Eagles find themselves starting over again. Most of the players are brand new to the sport.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai
Coach — Chris Munsell, first season.
Key performers — Kate Munsell, So., OH-def.; Hazel Bolduc, Sr., libero-setter; Taniya Smith, Jr.; Bryana McPhail, Jr; Marialena Garcia, Sr.; Annalisa Garcia, Jr; Kayla Averett, Sr.; Kenzie Smith, Fr.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Starting over with a new coach and a group of players smallish but quick and tenacious, possessing the potential to be in the conversation come the DODEA-Japan and D-II tournaments.
Coach — Matthew Deibler, first season.
Key performers — Elizabeth White, Sr., OH-def.; Maja Inthavixay, Sr., MB; Vinnie Wengert, So., setter; Izzy Lewis, Fr., OH-MB (transferred from Fort Bliss, Texas); Kileyna Schniers, So., setter; Kalista Luzanta, Jr., def.-setter; Allie Richardson, So., def.-setter; Madison Taylor, Jr., OH-setter; Jo Barton-Green, So., MB; Skye Cervantes, Sr., def.-setter.
Overview — Reloading-contending. Could join Daegu as a four-time past Division II champion in competing for the Far East title after a rebuilding 2017 campaign in which the Cougars took their share of lumps.
Seoul American Falcons
Coach — Emily McCormick, first season.
Key performers — Sabrina Kim, Sr., OH; Ashley Clifton, Sr., libero; Jalynn Knight, So., MB; Olivia Kirschner, So., OH.
Overview — Rebuilding. Solid in the back with three-year starter Clifton at libero, but young and green just about everywhere else; essentially, last year’s JV team moving up to varsity.
Coach — Emily Mickelson, first season.
Key performers — Adrianna Diaz, Jr., MB; Caleigh Garcia, Jr., OH; Haley Singleton, Fr., OH.
Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. Not only do the Panthers have to get along without graduated Britney Bailey and Jamia Bailey; setter and 2016 Far East D-II MVP Kyra Anderson has transferred as well. Some veteran hitting blood in Diaz and Garcia, and some players with potential, but green in some places.
Coach — Veronica Jones, fifth season.
Key performers — Jessica Atkinson, Jr., MB; Kate Holtquist, Jr., setter; Leah Flack, So., MB-OH.
Overview — Rebuilding-reloading. Came up just short in their bid for a first Far East tournament title in 20 years; Trojans have the potential to challenge again, to equal or perhaps exceed that finish. If bloodlines mean anything, Flack is the daughter of former two-time All-Marine T.D. Flack.