Kadena happy to see someone else on other side of net

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Maddie Tsirlis and Kadena's tennis team heads to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni for weekend matches against E.J. King and host Matthew C. Perry.  DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
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Maddie Tsirlis and Kadena's tennis team heads to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni for weekend matches against E.J. King and host Matthew C. Perry. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Kadena happy to see someone else on other side of net

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 21, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Faced every year with a whole regular season of playing against just Okinawa rival Kubasaki, Kadena’s tennis team decided to take matters into its own hands this weekend – and travel to face two teams that this season face a similar situation.

The Panthers fly Friday to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni for a three-way doubles and singles tournament with host Matthew C. Perry and visiting E.J. King. With rain in Friday’s forecast, both the doubles and singles are scheduled for Saturday, host coach Mark Lange said.

The Samurai and Cobras are no strangers to each other – they’re slated to face each other all eight regular-season weekends, including the DODEA-Japan tournament Oct. 18-20 and Far East Nov. 7-10 on Okinawa. Lange and Kadena coach Aaron Fisk each said they were only too glad to see somebody different.

“We’re excited to play somebody new,” Lange said of the only time the Samurai will see a team from Division I during the regular season; Perry and King are both Division II schools. “It will be a good challenge for us.”

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