Kubasaki regains volleyball title by stopping Seisen

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Seisen's Lilu Vandercamme tries to hit past Kubasaki's Abby Robinson.  MAYU ONO/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
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Seisen's Lilu Vandercamme tries to hit past Kubasaki's Abby Robinson. MAYU ONO/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Kubasaki regains volleyball title by stopping Seisen

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 15, 2018

TOKYO – Getting vengeance for what happened a year ago played only a part in Kubasaki regaining the title Saturday in the American School In Japan’s YUJO IV volleyball tournament.

Senior spiker Donatella Barone said she and her teammates were more concerned with the team facing them at that moment. Yes, it was the same Seisen team that swept Kubasaki in last year’s final, but the Dragons wanted to just win the match, Barone said.

“It was only about what was on the court,” said Barone, who had 14 kills and five block points to pace the Dragons past the Phoenix 25-14, 25-19, 27-25. “We were focusing on what was happening in that moment.”

What happened in the end was the Dragons capturing the YUJO title for the second time in four finals appearances. They won the title in the first YUJO tournament in 2015, but had lost in the final to host ASIJ in 2016 and Seisen in 2017.

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