19 Dec 2016
- By James Sablan - email@example.com - Variety Junior Reporter
THE Mount Carmel School Lady Knights won the final third set against Saipan International School to bring home the girls high school championship title of the 2016 Coalition of Private School Sports Association Volleyball League last Thursday held at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym.
It was a tough battle.
The Saipan International School Lady Geckos who never gave up the fight forced a third set.
Still, they failed to stop the Lady Knights.
MCS seemed to be headed to the right path early on, as they entered the championship round with not a single loss and taking the first set 25-16.
The squad was led by Karleen Reyes, Jan Travilla who delivered the powerhouse spikes while Louisa Han and Karen Sato secured the grounds keeping the ball up.
During the second set the Lady Geckos managed to stay close by 15-20. But it was their persistency and will to fight that stunned the Lady Knights as they narrowed the gap 20-22.
On the other hand, it was MCS’ inaccuracy that costed them the second set. Reyes and Travilla’s spikes either came short or over handing the SIS Lady Geckos the victory extending a third set 25-23.
SIS were hoping to pull a miracle as they came into the third set equally matched keeping a close one point deficit.
But after a few back and forth action, they failed to keep a hold of their momentum as they could not keep the ball alive committing several mistakes.
The Lady Knights took advantage of the situation and tightened grip of the control thanks to Han’s consistency gaining several aces on the serve to push a near eight point lead.
SIS tried to put up a fight but managed to gain only two points before losing rhythm and handing the Knights control once again.
MCS’ Travilla and Reyes continued to fire at will earning point after point and quickly built a strong gap leading straight to victory and the championship title, 15-6.