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    Technical correction for those who care: being a headcount sport does *NOT* require that the school only provide full scholarships. Rather, it means anyone who receives any amount of a scholarship (partial or full) counts as a full headcount. In other words, only 12 on the roster are allowed to receive some amount of a scholarship. Now, it may be the case that Minnesota only provides full scholarship to the 12 ... but they’re not required to do that because of volleyball being a headcount sport.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    Looking at her picture, I am assuming she's the daughter of an American soldier, much like one of my favorite tennis players, Naomi Osaka.

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    Odd assumption with her last name. So I googled it before making vaguely racist comments.

    Airi Miyabe is a star volleyball player in Japan who was a key player during Kinkanrai High School's victory at the national high school tournament. Because of this showcase of talent, she has been recruited to Japan's national volleyball team and will participate in upcoming international competitions. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Japanese, and she proudly stands alongside several other biracial athletes in Japan, most of whom are males.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Odd assumption with her last name. So I googled it before making vaguely racist comments.

    Airi Miyabe is a star volleyball player in Japan who was a key player during Kinkanrai High School's victory at the national high school tournament. Because of this showcase of talent, she has been recruited to Japan's national volleyball team and will participate in upcoming international competitions. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Japanese, and she proudly stands alongside several other biracial athletes in Japan, most of whom are males.
    I screwed up on the nationality, but not the race of the father. Because of the height and the darker complexion, I figured she was biracial.

    Hopefully she will join Osaka to help lead the way for female biracial athletes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    A 6’ Japanese woman is a rarity. Supposed to be a great player with serious hops. Hopefully she has a killer serve. We need someone to put stress on the opponents serve receive.
    I agree. I believe MN lost set 2 to Oregon because at every set point MN had they failed to get in a forcing serve that put Oregon on the defensive. Oregon actually used MN's serve as a weapon against MN. I find that lackluster serving as puzzling as MN's obvious drop in performance after mid-season. Disappointing.

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    Well if we had a block against the slide, or if we had defense that was playing like they had been playing during the regular season, it would not have mattered that our serves were easy to pass.

    But I'm not disagreeing with you all. Getting the other team out of system is part of how you play successful vball, and a hard serve can definitely help get you there.

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