MHS survives MCS’ gallant stand

Defending champion Marianas High School rallied in the second set to survive Mt. Carmel School’s gallant effort in yesterday’s final match in the 2014-2015 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Volleyball League at the MHS Gymnasium.

Marianas High School’s Negahr Rastguiy keeps the ball in play, while two of her teammates and Mt. Carmel School’s Janika Taimanao look on during their game in the Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Volleyball League yesterday at the MHS Gymnasium. (Jon Perez)

Marianas High School’s Negahr Rastguiy keeps the ball in play, while two of her teammates and Mt. Carmel School’s Janika Taimanao look on during their game in the Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Volleyball League yesterday at the MHS Gymnasium. (Jon Perez)

The MHS Lady Dolphins came back from a five-point deficit in the second set in completing a 25-13, 25-22 decision over Mt. Carmel to foil the Lady Knights’ bid of pushing the game to a deciding third in an all- varsity match.

The Lady Dolphins had an easy time winning the opening set, but encountered rough waters in the next frame as the Lady Knights seemed poised to extend the match.

Mt. Carmel—led by the combined efforts of Savannah Delos Santos, Karleen Reyes, Janika Taimanao and setter Masami Sato—was in full control of the second set, as it enjoyed a 16-11 lead midway in the set.

But MHS, with Shanna Flores serving, rallied back and went on a 12-2 exchange to move within two points of wrapping up the contest, 23-18, and force MCS to call a timeout.

The Lady Knights, off a timeout, scored four straight points to move within one, 23-22, and this time it was the Lady Dolphins turn to sue for time to talk things over.

When play resumed, MHS moved to match point after Reyes’ spike attempt went wide.

A Shanna Flores kill sealed MHS’ seventh straight win and in the process handed MCS its third loss in seven matches.

Fatigue could be factor in Mt. Carmel’s loss, as it played back-to-back games with the Lady Knights scoring a 25-10, 25-22 triumph against Kagman High School in another all-varsity match early in the day.

In other results, Grace Christian Academy improved its record to 4-3 after a 25-9, 25-9 demolition of Saipan Southern High School, which is still winless in seven games

Saipan International School, in the last all-varsity match, notched its fourth win in six games following a quick 25-12, 25-17 win also against SSHS.

Meanwhile, MHS JV came back from an opening-set loss in beating Kagman JV, 17-25, 25-11, 15-7, to bag its fourth victory in as many games, while MCS JV outsmarted SIS JV, 25-23, 25-18.

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Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez has been covering local and international sports events for more than 15 years. His sports writing career started when he joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, when he was in college.

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