Senior middle blocker Jessica Atkinson is one of a few key returners for Zama's volleyball team. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Senior middle blocker Jessica Atkinson is one of a few key returners for Zama's volleyball team. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Volleyball: Players have big shoes to fill for defending champs

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – It’s not easy to follow a legend. But that’s what Alyssa Alvarado will do this season.

The sophomore is being tasked to fill the shoes of Kubasaki’s setter of the last two seasons, Mimi Larry, the 2018 Far East Division I Tournament Most Valuable Player for a program that’s won four of the last five D-I titles.

“I’m excited, but a little bit nervous; Mimi left behind history here in the Pacific,” said Alvarado, who set for three years at the middle-school level in El Paso, Texas, before moving to Okinawa two years ago and played outside hitter last season.

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