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FAR EAST TOURNAMENT DAY 2

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By Robert Balajadia

Cougars Jasie Villanueva gets her shot blocked by Christian Academy's Grace Newsome. (GSPN photo)

Cougars Jasie Villanueva gets her shot blocked by Christian Academy’s Grace Newsome. (GSPN photo)

Every seven years the Far East Tournament works its way to Guam, and this is Guam’s year.

Day 2 of coverage began the single-elimination round of play as teams from Guam dominated the morning with big wins.

The Academy Cougars, behind dangerous middle blocker Erin Wong and powerful outside hitter Ladera “Hit Girl” Lin, took down Christian Academy Japan 25-13, 25-15 to advance to a rematch of the high school championship game against the Southern Dolphins.

The Dolphins survived a scare from the Okkodo Bulldogs going three sets after dropping the first one 21-25, 25-19, 15-9.

The Guam High Panthers shocked the tournament by a taking out the hard hitting ND Royals in two sets 25-23, 25-21.

The JFK Islanders remain in play by defeating the GW Geckos after in a thrilling 16-14 third set victory. The Geckos won the first set 25-19 but JFK answered back with the 25-23 second set win.

Kubasaki continued their streak by taking out the Sanchez Sharks in two sets.

Here are the current scores:

ASJ def. Yokota 25-9, 25-11
Guam High def. ND 25-23, 25-21
Academy def. CAJ 25-13, 25-15
Southern def. Okkodo 21-25, 25-19, 15-9
JFK def. GW 19-25, 25-23, 16-14
Seisen International def. Seoul American 25-19, 25-18
Kubasaki def. Sanchez 25-20, 25-17
Nile C. Kinnick def. Kadena 22-25, 25-12, 15-4
Academy  def. Southern 25-13, 25-21
ASIJ def. Guam High 25-13, 25-10
Seisen International def. JFK 25-15, 25-20
Kinnick def. Kubasaki 24-26, 25-22, 15-11

Losers Bracket:
ND def. Yokota 25-17, 25-22
Okkodo def. CAJ 26-24, 14-25, 15-12
GW def. Seoul American 25-14, 25-20
Simon Sanchez def. Kadena 25-22, 25-19

Day 1 Scores: Pool Play

ASIJ def. GW 25-13, 25-10
Kinnick vs. Southern, 25-23 (S), 25-21 (K) – SPLIT
Kubasaki vs. Academy 25-20 (K), 25-10 (A) – SPLIT
Seisen International def. Sanchez 25-22, 25-16
Okkodo def. Kadena 25-13, 25-22,
JFK def. Yokota 25-14, 25-11
ND def. Seoul American 25-18, 25-21
Guam High def. CAJ 25-18, 25-20
ASIJ def. Kadena 25-16, 25-11
Kinnick def. Yokota 25-15, 25-6
Kubasaki def. Seoul American 25-20, 25-22
Seisan def. CAJ 25-22, 25-15
GW vs. Okkodo 25-20 (GW), 25-20 (O) – SPLIT
JFK def. Southern 25-22, 25-21
Academy vs. ND 25-19 (OL), 25-23 (ND) – SPLIT
Sanchez vs. Guam High 25-19 (S), 25-22 (G) – SPLIT
GW vs. Kadena 26-24 (GW), 26-24 (KA) – SPLIT
Southern vs. Yokota 25-18(S) , 26-24 – SPLIT
Sanchez def. CAJ 25-18, 25-18
Academy of Our Lady def. Seoul American 25-12, 25-14
ASIJ def. Okkodo 25-18, 25-13
Kinnick def. John F. Kennedy 25-12, 25-12
Kubasaki vs. ND 25-20 (KU), 25-12 (ND) – SPLIT
Seisen def. Guam High 25-16, 25-12

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CAJ Knights do a pre-game celebration in the huddle. (GSPN photo)

CAJ Knights do a pre-game celebration in the huddle. (GSPN photo)

ND Royals Destiny Castro brought her hard hitting, but the Panthers survived both sets. (GSPN photo)

ND Royals Destiny Castro brought her hard hitting, but the Panthers survived both sets. (GSPN photo)

Panthers celebrate after sinking the ND Royals. (GSPN photo)

Panthers celebrate after sinking the ND Royals. (GSPN photo)

Academy Cougars Erin Wong sets the tone early with big block. (GSPN photo)

Academy Cougars Erin Wong sets the tone early with big block. (GSPN photo)

Cougars Ladera "Hit Girl" Lin smashes the first set kill. (GSPN photo)

Cougars Ladera “Hit Girl” Lin smashes the first set kill. (GSPN photo)

Panthers Luna McGuire gives her team the lead in the second set. (GSPN photo)

Panthers Luna McGuire gives her team the lead in the second set. (GSPN photo)

Panthers Cathrine Fuller sends a kill past the Royals middle blocker. (GSPN photo)

Panthers Cathrine Fuller sends a kill past the Royals middle blocker. (GSPN photo)

Bulldogs Lori Okada tries to rally her team in the third set but the Dolphins got a big lift from blocker Tianna Sakaba. (GSPN photo)

Bulldogs Lori Okada tries to rally her team in the third set but the Dolphins got a big lift from blocker Tianna Sakaba. (GSPN photo)

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