Transfers transform Yokota into a volleyball power

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Photo by James Kimber/Stars and Stripes New Yokota Panthers senior outside hitter Irene Diaz pounds a spike past the defense of Coko Magby of Robert D. Edgren. Diaz, a transfer from Albuquerque, N.M., has averaged 8.7 kills per match for the Panthers, who've gotten off to an 8-1 start.  James Kimber/Stars and Stripes
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Photo by James Kimber/Stars and Stripes New Yokota Panthers senior outside hitter Irene Diaz pounds a spike past the defense of Coko Magby of Robert D. Edgren. Diaz, a transfer from Albuquerque, N.M., has averaged 8.7 kills per match for the Panthers, who've gotten off to an 8-1 start. James Kimber/Stars and Stripes

Transfers transform Yokota into a volleyball power

by: James Kimber | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 07, 2016

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – It can be something of a nightmare for any coach: bidding farewell to multiple senior leaders and promising underclass stars, and not knowing who might be back on the court the next season.

Dennis McKibben, entering his second season as Yokota volleyball coach, faced just that situation.

Four-year starting middle blocker Caitlyn Rowan and defensive anchor Sarah Cronin graduated and freshman outside hitter Kaliah Henderson left to Florida.

“Total vacuum. You never know who’s going to fill that,” said McKibben, who coached Yokota last season to a .500 regular-season finish. The Panthers did not place in the Far East Division II Tournament. “You hope one of your existing players will step up, or hope and dream that somebody will arrive at school with skill and positive attitude.”

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