After coming up short against top-ranked Vacos in the upper bracket semifinals Dig This, Beaches battled back through the lower bracket elimination rounds last Friday as the NMI Volleyball Association's Sunset Co-ed Beach Volleyball Tournament is set to conclude at 5:30pm today on the sand courts of Fiesta Resort & Spa.
The game is set to tip off at 5:30pm; Vacos, which is comprised of J.R. Gechig, Wilton Laniyo, Chenny Lizama, John Nekeifes, and Mili Saiki, holds a twice-to-beat advantage for advancing through double-elimination bracket play undefeated.
Dig This, Beaches defeated eventual third place finisher Managaha in two sets, 21-19, and, 21-9, to advance to today's finale.
Dig This, Beaches is made up of Bruce Berline, Hannah Compos, and Clay McCullough-Stearns with Tyce and Angie Mister
Managaha advanced past Man'Amko back on Feb. 1 in two sets, 15-7, and, 15-13, to clinch its lower bracket semis berth.
In addition, Managaha Boyz ended up winning the scheduled fourth place consolation match over Something Fishy via forfeit last weekend.
Coming into last Friday's pairings, Something Fishy defeated host team Fiesta back on Feb. 1 ultimately via forfeit after taking the opening set, 15-6; unfortunately, one of the opposing team's members had to return to work.
Meanwhile, Managaha Boyz advanced to the consolation round by ousting Harapwang Face in two sets, 15-7, and, 15-10.
In related news, the visiting professional beach volleyball players, who will be appearing in the Marianas Cup Pro-Am Tournament in Guam are expected to be in attendance for today's championship.
Modest cash prizes, in-kind gifts, and bragging rights go to the overall winners.
Game point for the finals is set at 21 with a cap of 25 with game point for the tiebreaker set designated as a race to 15.
Fiesta Resport & Spa, Brabu, KZMI 103.9 FM, and Gold's Gym also sponsor the event. The proceeds benefit NMIVA's youth volleyball development programs and international travel.
Visit www.nmivolleyball.org for more information.