The YUJO Volleyball Tournament

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.
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Varsity Girls’ Volleyball are the undefeated Kanto League and Far East Champions

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This year is the third year in a row for the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team to come home as the Far East Champions, so as the team says “Three-peat!’  

The Mustangs once again faced the Kinnick Red Devils in the finals in Guam, winning solidly in three straight sets. The team was comprised of four returning players: seniors Liz Thornton, Katey Helwick and juniors Mia Weinland, Alex Hernandez and five new underclassmen: Jenna Doyno, Asa Toyoda, Sammie Hoskins, Julia Sasanuma and Elyse Davidson, who combined to form a unified, spirited and talented group of young ladies.

Throughout the season they compiled a record of 21 -0 in matches, winning 58 sets and losing 1.  Liz Thornton was a Far East All Star and Mia Weinland the MVP of the Far East Tournament. The Mustangs were an outstanding group of ladies who entertained the fans with their talented play and positive attitudes both on and off the court. 

Congratulations to the 2013 Mustang Varsity Volleyball team on a terrific season! (Gail Lanier, Volleyball Coach)

Girls’ volleyball wins Far East championship in Guam

fareastvb3The bleachers were packed when our girls’ volleyball team went up against Kinnick in Guam. Coach Gail Lanier was struck in the eye by an errant ball during warm-ups prior to the championship match and had to be hospitalized and the team vowed to win the final for coach. Both teams played great volleyball, forcing each other to earn every point scored and fighting until the end of every set, but when it was all said and done, the Mustangs earned the victory over the Red Devils 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, and with it the Far East championship for the second year in a row. Congratulations to Liz Thornton, who was named MVP for the second year in a row.