GCA reigns supreme anew in high school v-ball


Grace Christian Academy’s girls high school volleyball team picked up where it left off after topping the 2017-2018 All Island Championship last Monday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Just a few days after beating Saipan International School in the finals of the 2017-2018 Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools Association Volleyball League, GCA produced the same results in their title showdown versus Saipan Southern High School. The Lady Eagles, who outlasted the Lady Geckos in the private school finals last Friday, 25-18, 16-25, 15-7, this time took the short route to the Promised Land after defeating the Lady Rays in just two sets, 25-19, 25-16.

“The back-to-back championships were blessing to us—a product of the hard work of the players and the untiring support of the school, its management and staff, and the players’ parents,” said coach Cesar Libut, who had a very fruitful debut season with GCA’s girls high school team after they topped two competitions.

“It was my first time to handle the girls team and at it was a challenge for me and the players because in the first few games we struggled. However, through hard work and their dedication to practice, we are able to work well together, have chemistry, and improve our game,” Libut added.

The Lady Eagles practiced six times a week this season with easy session lasting for two and a half hours.

“I would like to thank the entire GCA community and the students’ parents for their support during practices and the actual games. Winning this season would not be possible without their help,” the GCA coach added.

With the Lady Eagles getting two titles this season, Libut knows they will be the target of the other teams in next school year’s competition. However, he is confident they can keep up with their opponents next season, as GCA’s roster will be intact when they return to action. The Lady Eagles will still have the core of the champion squad, as only one player on the team will graduate later this month.

“We also have some players moving up after playing in our champion middle school team, so we will definitely have a strong squad next season,” Libut added.

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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