Lady Red Devils defeat CAJ in five sets

Story by Greg Mitchell, FLEACT, Yokosuka, Public Affairs

Nile C. Kinnick girls volleyball improved their record to 3-0 in interleague play September 16, defeating Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ) in a come from behind victory on the courts of CAJ in Tokyo.

The Lady Red Devils overcame a 20-25 and 12-25 two-set deficit against the CAJ Knights winning the final three of five sets 28-26, 25-16, and 15-11.

Audri Salter led the Lady Red Devils with 19 spike kills, and Aya Stewart and Rhyssa Hizon contributed with five service aces apiece. On defense, Alyssa Leal and Stewart had five defensive digs and Charla Johnson had 46 set assists.

“This was a very good match for our girls,” said varsity coach Anthony San Nicolas. “CAJ played really well. They were able to throw us off with great serve placement.”

San Nicolas said that Red Devil reserve players Stewart and Leal were a key factor in the volleyball teams’ ability to survive their rough start, while complimenting Salters’ performance.

“We just had to ‘gut it out’ in a tough environment,” San Nicolas said. “I am really proud of the girls’ efforts this time around. These types of games really help build character and cohesiveness between team members.”

Nile C. Kinnick returns to Red Devil gym on Homecoming weekend for a two-day matchup against the Robert E. Edgren Eagles, Sept. 26-27.



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