Faces change, but dominant teams remain

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Senior Matilde Piras of Seisen, last season's Kanto Plain champion and Far East singles runner-up. Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes
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Senior Matilde Piras of Seisen, last season's Kanto Plain champion and Far East singles runner-up. Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes

Faces change, but dominant teams remain

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 12, 2016

TOKYO – The players who’ve spent the last couple of years having gold medals placed around their necks may be gone. But that doesn’t mean the cupboard is bare for the teams that have dominated the Kanto Plain and Far East tennis tournaments scene the past few years.

Marius Ruh and Juan Borga graduated from St. Mary’s. That’s OK, for senior Raymond Maejima slides into the role of top seed for the Titans, who’ve won the league and Far East boys team titles the last two years, with Ruh winning back-to-back singles golds.

And American School In Japan has bid farewell to two-time Far East singles and doubles champion Lili Kobayashi? No problem. Her doubles partner, senior Nana Yoshimura, moves up to take her spot, and there’s plenty left on the shelves behind her, ready for their turn.

Just how can the teams that have worked and lurked in their shadows for so many years find a way to take them down?

“That’s the million-dollar question that I wish I had the answer for,” said Nico Hindie, longtime Nile C. Kinnick coach.

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