Dragons hungry to return to D-I throne

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Senior Mimi Larry and junior Abigail Robinson are two returners for a Kubasaki team bringing back almost its entire lineup from last year. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Senior Mimi Larry and junior Abigail Robinson are two returners for a Kubasaki team bringing back almost its entire lineup from last year. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Dragons hungry to return to D-I throne

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 07, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The 2017 volleyball season could be summed up in two words for the Kubasaki Dragons: Injuries and disappointments. At least until the third-place match of last October’s Far East Division I Tournament.

Two of Kubasaki’s stars didn’t suit up at all last season, while others made their way to the sideline thanks to assorted dings and bruises. It was a team without a single senior in the lineup and missed a chance to make it four straight D-I titles.

But that third-place match, in which Kubasaki downed American School In Japan in straight sets, 26-24, 25-13, 25-20, had the Dragons on pins and needles counting the days until the first practice in August, senior Donatella Barone said.

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