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Eagles end drought in CCOPSSA boys’ volleyball

THE Grace Christian Academy Eagles ended their five-year drought in the Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association Boys Volleyball League by defeating the Saipan International School Geckoss 25-20, 25-23 to win the championship title.

The Eagles came prepared as they fired at the Geckos for an early lead. Their positions were the key to control that game with Song and Balakrishna setting smart plays that left the Geckos no time to react.

The Geckos kept fighting back and slowly tried to close the gap.

Towering Hudkins kept the Eagles from sending easy spike finishes with his defenses, while Lee, Cho and Kim added the extra firepower putting them within a three-point distance.

The Grace Christian Academy Eagles pose with the championship title of the 2018-2019 CCOPSA Volleyball League boys division held at the GIlbert C. Ada Gym last Thursday.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. The Grace Christian Academy Eagles pose with the championship title of the 2018-2019 CCOPSA Volleyball League boys division held at the GIlbert C. Ada Gym last Thursday. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

But the Eagles stayed aggressive and used every free ball to their advantage landing the big hits when needed securing the first set 25-20.

They kept the momentum to the second set as they quickly took an 8-2 before the Geckos could stop their run.

This time around SIS played much safer and aimed to set up for strong spike finishes ending with Hudkins and Lee sending the ball over holding a deadlock of 9-9. But as soon as they lost rhythm the Eagles regained the distance.

Wang, Baek and Pajarillaga stepped up late in the game clipping crucial highlights from the serving line to the front of the net but so did the Geckos keeping everyone on their toes to hold the game 22-22.

Despite their efforts, the Geckos could not hold their ground as the Eagles kept the high tempo grabbing the final two points needed to secure the second set 25-23 and claiming the championship title for the first time in five years.