Heart, not height, will have to do it for most teams

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Sophomore Faith Stehle is being tried as a setter for Seoul American. Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes
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Sophomore Faith Stehle is being tried as a setter for Seoul American. Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes

Heart, not height, will have to do it for most teams

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 12, 2016

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Even with two Far East Division I Tournament titles in her team’s hip pockets, Maiya Larry says she refuses to feel too comfortable about Kubasaki’s chances of achieving a third straight.

“I still feel like we’re doing the hunting,” rather than being the hunted, said Larry, the Dragons’ diminutive junior outside hitter, as Kubasaki prepared for the upcoming girls volleyball season.

It’s a team both the similar to and different than ones that won the last two D-I Tournament titles, each against American School In Japan. Different because the current edition lacks the height it possessed in 2014 and 2015; the same because the work ethic remains, coach Mike Hogen said.

“They assume that they will be in it if they work hard,” said Hogen, in his eighth season of coaching Kubasaki. “All the girls in our program just believe in the process. They’re a very passionate group. They love the game and that is so much fun to be around.”

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