This is it.
After being pushed back several times, the title game between Grace Christian Academy 1 and Agape Christian School 1 in the middle school division of the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools Association Volleyball League will be finally played, as the opposing squads collide in the 4:30pm match today at the Saipan International School court in As Lito.
The defending champions Eagles will be seeking a three-peat versus Agape. GCA 1 also aims to keep its perfect record in the middle school division, as the school’s top team was undefeated in the past two years and was also unscathed in the elimination round of the current season. The Eagles went on to stretch their winning streak and advanced to the finals after beating Mt. Carmel School 1 in the semis.
The Cesar Libut-coached GCA 1 held a training session yesterday, leaving no stone unturned as far as its preparation for the one-game finals is concerned. Libut had to miss the Eagles high school games yesterday (incidentally against Agape) to give last-minute instructions to his middle school crew.
As for Agape 1, it will play in its first finals game today and the Torchbearers are looking to further cement their legacy in the league by triumphing in the winner-take-all match and pulling off an upset over the highly favored GCA 1. Agape 1 marched into the finals after eliminating GCA 2.
The stage for the Agape 1-GCA 1 title showdown was earlier set in October last year, but was suspended twice. The finale was first pushed back after Super Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan late October. The championship game was reset for December, but was rescheduled anew, as a neutral venue was unavailable.
Meanwhile, before the finals match, Mt. Carmel and GCA 2 will be vying for third place honors at 3:30pm.