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Geckos 1, Knights bag debut wins

THE Saipan International School Lady Geckos 1 and the Mount Carmel School Lady Knights are off to a great start as they bagged the opening wins of the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association High School Volleyball League which kicked off yesterday at their respective home courts.

The SIS Geckos 1 had a mirror match, the SIS Geckos 2 whom they defeated in both sets 25-22, 25-15.

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Saipan International School 1’s Eunbi Choi stretches for a bump return during last Tuesday’s opener of the 2018-2019 CCOPSA High School Volleyball League held at the SIS court.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

The SIS Geckos 1 had a run for their money as their sisters gave a good fight during the first set.

SIS 1’s communication was their biggest fault as they failed to call out their shots handing SIS 2 a few points to stay within reach. Luckily for SIS 1, Maury Zon Tybaco’s ability to use the overhead serve was too much to keep them ahead.

The SIS Geckos 2 relied on their opponent’s errors but could not capitalize during crunch time falling short to the SIS Geckos 1 25-22.

SIS 2’s hunger for redemption was seen at the second set as they started off strong grasping the lead 6-3.

However as soon as SIS 1 found their rhythm they could not be stopped.

They tied the game 6-6 while Maury Zon Tybaco found her sweet spot once again from the serving line connecting four consecutive aces to push the gap 15-8.

SIS 2 tried to stay alive but could not live off SIS 1’s mistakes for long as they were handed their second defeat 25-15 securing the win.

Mount Carmel School Lady Knights 1 had a tougher challenge as they had to play all three sets against their sister team MCS 2 25-19, 21-25, 16-14.

It was a hard fought opening set as both teams exchanged several leads.

Luckily for MCS 1, they were able to catch a break when Eun Seo Choi caught on fire scoring consecutive points to slip past their sisters to take the first set.

The MCS Lady Knights 2 made sure they were not going down so easily as they countered at the second set with the work of duo Kaia Travilla and Gail Vidal scoring back to back shots to stun MCS 1 snatching the second set 25-21 to force the third and final set.

Both teams gave it their all but Choi’s consistency kept MCS 1 in control while Teeon Camacho joined the assault keeping MCS 2 off their back to secure the two-point victory 16-14.