Volleyball: King has a strong weekend across the sports

Kubasaki's Kiara Oshano and Abigail Robinson try to double block Dila Karababa of Shanghai American Puxi in the ASIJ YUJO semifinal match. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Kubasaki's Kiara Oshano and Abigail Robinson try to double block Dila Karababa of Shanghai American Puxi in the ASIJ YUJO semifinal match. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Volleyball: King has a strong weekend across the sports

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO – Though his team fell short in its bid to repeat as champions of the American School In Japan YUJO Volleyball Tournament, Kubasaki did gain some takeaways that coach Michael Hogen said would help them as they try to defend their Far East Division I title.

Surviving a three-set match against Zama, last year’s Far East D-II runner-up, was what Hogen called a “defining moment” for his squad, which has four freshmen and is in building mode this season.

The Dragons got as far as the semifinals, where they fell to eventual tournament champion Shanghai American Puxi of China 25-14, 25-13. Kubasaki then lost to Seisen 20-25, 25-17, 15-13 in the third-place match. Puxi topped host ASIJ 25-10, 25-21 for the title.

“We had some extreme issues with passing and some nerves” in the match with Puxi, Hogen said. “We need to learn from those moments.”

Story from: https://www.stripes.com/1.603758

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