20+++ tops grass v-ball tourney


Alfredo Guevarra of 20+++ tries to keep the ball in play during their title game against Just Do It in the 2019 Kickoff Reverse Co-Ed Grass Volleyball Tournament held last Saturday at the Navy Hill Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Husband and wife Jacoby and Cathy Winkfield, Alfredo Guevarra, and Bryan Chlarson of 20+++ ruled the 2019 Kickoff Reverse Co-Ed Grass Volleyball Tournament held last Saturday at the Navy Hill Field.

20+++ was undefeated in the playoffs, capping its perfect run in the double elimination contest with a 21-9 victory over Just Do It in Game 1 of the finals. Just Do It, which had Laurie Peterka, T.J. Eina, Keystone Norech, and Denise as players, and 20+++ made it to the winner’s bracket semifinals with the latter prevailing, 21-18, to march into the title match first.

Earlier, the quartet of Jacoby, Cathy, Guevarra, and Chlarson also beat Kokonutz, Sexy Setters, and Squirrels to march into the semis of the winner’s bracket. Just Do It, on the other hand, edged Team Agape, The Better Ream, and We Showed Up to move a win away from earning a finals seat.

We Showed Up and Tragic, after falling to the loser’s bracket, faced off with the latter remaining in contention after a 21-16 victory. Gillian Villagomez, Eun Syu Hahn, Jericho Castro, and Logan Mister suited up for Tragic and the win over We Showed Up allowed Logan to meet the other members of his family—the Squirrel’s Tyce, Blake, Angie, and Dylan—in another make-or-break game.

The Squirrels kept their finals hopes alive after surviving Seiko in the loser’s bracket and stayed in the finals race following a 21-the19 triumph over Logan and his teammates with Tragic. However, the Squirrels were frustrated by Just Do It in the battle for the last finals berth and the Peterke-led squad earned a second crack at 20+++.

The Just Do It-20+++ Part 2 had the same results, as fatigue took its toll on the former, allowing the eventual champions to cruise to victory early and not lose its twice-to-beat advantage.

Meanwhile, last Saturday’s first competition under the sanction of Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association and organized by the Mt. Carmel School Alumni was a fundraiser with proceeds going to MCS, which sustained massive damage from Super Typhoon Yutu.

The tournament drew 15 teams, including Kingkos, KKSP, Wakanda, Dr. Pepper, and New Year.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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