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Eagles versus Torchbearers in CCOPSA finals

THE Grace Christian Academy Eagles 1 and Agape Christian School Torchbearers will meet in the finals of the Coalition of Private School Sports Association Volleyball League after they eliminated their respective foes last Thursday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.

The GCA Eagles who continued to shine in the regular season, their skills unmatched, took the Mount Carmel School Knights down, distance 25-13, 25-18.

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Grace Christian Academy 1’s Hye Jin Elliot extends for a bump return during a previous playoff game of the 2018-2019 CCOPSA Volleyball League held at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.
Agape Christian School’s Shenjie Yan reaches out to save the ball during a previous playoff game of the 2018-2019 CCOPSA Volleyball League held at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.  Photos by James F. Sablan Jr.

The Eagles found their rhythm at the start of the whistle and they went aggressive right away.

Their overhead attacks were the most effective strategy as Katriel Saures and Soleil Lamar delivered with ease bagging five straight spikes each to leave the Knights in the dust. Earle San Nicolas and Leland Deleon Guerrero stepped up keeping the team alive with a few answers of their own but eventually lost the first set to GCA 25-13.

The MCS Knights started to pick up the pace to stay in the game.

Brandie Matsumoto joined in the fray staying within a close reach throughout the second set.

However, the Eagles kept their cool and kept the communication clear as they worked together to snatch the second and final win needed to secure a seat in the finals 25-18.

The ACS Torchbearers had a tougher battle but took all the hits needed to triumph over GCA Eagles 2, 25-21, 12-25, 15-9.

They had their hardest battle yet as GCA 2 were just as hungry for a shot at the title.

It took everything ACS had to steal the first set as they pulled a major comeback.

The Eagles seemed to have the win in the palm of their hands as they held a 20-18 lead. It was their mixed plays led by Bobby Bao that caught GCA off guard as they finished off snatching the lead 20-22 and scored the last needed points to gain the advantage 25-21.

The second set was much different however as GCA 2 fired up. After the break GCA worked with much better care and attacked Ryan Deproza worked the floor while Alayna Howard and the rest of the team supported with overhead attacks to gain the comfortable distance 16-9.

ACS continued to struggle as they only collected three more points before taking the loss 12-25 forced to play the third and final set.

Luckily for ACS, their persistency was their biggest asset.

Bao played smart going for the unpredicted spike returns while David Zheng and supported from the serving line with a few more overhead attacks. GCA played catch up and came close to regaining the lead but ACS stood tall and finished off the last few possessions to take the win 15-9 and the final set for the championship title.

GCA 1 and ACS will be facing off tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.