Volleyball: Okinawa friendship fest going strong almost a decade after inception

Kadena's Alianis Ayala battles a Futenma player at the net for the ball. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Kadena's Alianis Ayala battles a Futenma player at the net for the ball. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Volleyball: Okinawa friendship fest going strong almost a decade after inception

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

It was the toughest competition they’d faced all season, players from Kubasaki and Kadena’s girls volleyball teams said.

In fact, the Panthers and Dragons won just one of the eight matches they played over the two-day Okinawa-American district volleyball festival Saturday and Sunday.

But Kubasaki’s Abby Robinson was anything but down after the tough weekend. “Time to go dance,” she told her teammates, who as one ran to the front of the dais as the post-tournament ceremony began – and began doing a line dance to “Cupid Shuffle,” urging their Japanese opponents to come join them.

And join them, they did, several players from each of the eight Japanese teams attending the second day of the festival, much to the delight and laughter of the teammates who did not join in.

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