Saipan International School flirted with its first loss of the season before outlasting Marianas Baptist Academy in the 2013-2014 MISO Boys Volleyball League last week at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.
The Geckos were stunned in the opening set, 20-25, of their game against the Stormz last Wednesday in the second game on the north court before pulling off hard earned wins in the last two sets, 25-22, 15-8, to extend their winning run to seven.
MBA played two matches last week, notching an earlier victory over Kagman High School. The Stormz booked the outright win after sweeping the Ayuyus in the first two sets, 25-20, 25-19. Though MBA had the win in the bag, it still slugged it out with Kagman in the third set with the Ayuyus posting a nail-biting victory, 15-14.
With a split in last week’s games, MBA gained a 2-5 record for sixth place in the team standings, while victory remained elusive for Kagman, which fell to a 0-5 record.
In other results, Grace Christian Academy kept the No. 2 spot in the seven-team field after defeating Saipan Southern High School in the first game on the south court. The Eagles booked the automatic win against the Manta Rays after notching 25-17, 25-15 victories in the first two. GCA went on to complete the sweep and improved to a 6-1 record with a 15-8 triumph in the third set.
Southern dropped to a 3-4 card for a three-way tie for third to fifth place with the MHS Dolphins and Mt. Carmel School. The Dolphins and Knights squared off in the second game on the south court with the latter shutting out the former. Mt. Carmel eked out a 25-23 victory in the first set and got the early win after prevailing anew in the second set, 25-20. The Knights went on blank the Dolphins after a 15-10 win in the third set.
Meanwhile, the second and final round of the MISO volleyball league continues today with MBA taking on Mt Carmel in the first game on the north court at 4:30pm and MHS meeting Southern on the south end. In the second game on the north court, SIS puts its clean slate at stake against the Knights, while GCA collides against Kagman on the south side.