The American School in Japan hosted its Second Annual YUJO Tournament on October 13-15, 2016. The YUJO Tournament is designed to develop volleyball friendships in Asia and this year’s participants included Christian Academy in Japan (Tokyo), Canadian International School (Hong Kong), Kadena High School (Okinawa), Kubasaki High School (Okinawa), Seisen International School (Tokyo), Seoul American High School (South Korea), Stamford American International School (Singapore), United World College, Dover (Singapore) and Yokota Volleyball Club (Tokyo). Kristi Hoskins (ASIJ Varsity Volleyball Coach) recounts highlights of the tournament.
The ASIJ Varsity Volleyball team captured the YUJO Championship with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Kubasaki High School. After dropping the first two sets, 20-25 and 23-25, the persistent and resilient Mustangs rallied to win three straight sets with scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 15-13. Elyse Davidson (Grade 12) was named “Player of the Tournament” and made the All-Star Team along with Savannah Napierski (Grade 12) and Allie Rogers (Grade 12).
The rivalry between ASIJ and Kubasaki has been intense the last few years; Kubasaki won the YUJO Tournament last year by defeating ASIJ in the championship and is the two-time defending champion of the Far East Tournament, both times with victories in the finals over ASIJ.
The Mustangs travel to Seoul, South Korea in early November for this year’s Far East Tournament and are working hard to ensure that they peak at this tournament. With continued emphasis on playing hard each point, focusing on what they can control and believing in their team, no doubt the 2016 Mustangs Varsity Volleyball team’s season will be a success!