Girls Volleyball: Kubasaki rallies past Seisen to reclaim throne

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Kubasaki players celebrate their Far East Division I girls volleyball championship and their fourth in five seasons.  KRYSTAL DUENAS/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
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Kubasaki players celebrate their Far East Division I girls volleyball championship and their fourth in five seasons. KRYSTAL DUENAS/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Girls Volleyball: Kubasaki rallies past Seisen to reclaim throne

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published: November 13, 2018

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – A setting adjustment made the difference for Kubasaki as it rallied from two sets down Saturday to capture its fourth Far East Division I Girls Volleyball Tournament title in five years.

Senior setter Mimi Larry, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, had 43 assists and the Dragons came back from a two-set hole to dethrone defending champion Seisen in five sets for the crown. Kubasaki won 23-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-10.

It might not have been possible, coach Mike Hogen said, had not Larry made changes to her sets; she had been called for 10 carrying violations in the first set, which threw the Dragons off their game.

“I didn’t think it was possible” for the Dragons to rally, Hogen said. “But Mimi somehow changed her setting technique. It took about 1½ sets and then we just rolled.”

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