Lady Eagles glide past Torchbearers


Grace Christian Academy’s Jasmine Phan serves to Agape Christian School during the girls high school division game in the CCOPSA league last Monday at the Agape court in Middle Road. (Roby N. Pamintuan)

Grace Christian Academy dismantled Agape Christian School in two sets, as games in the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools Association Volleyball League resumed last Monday after a month-long holiday break.

The Lady Eagles outclassed Agape, showing consistency in both sets for the 25-11, 25-10 victory at the latter’s home turf in Middle Road. GCA’s Anna Nunez sealed the deal in both sets after calmly delivering the winning serves. Despite leading the Lady Eagles’ win, Nunez insisted that her teammates played just as much of a crucial role as she did in the triumph.

“It was a really good feeling to be able to finish the two sets, but all of the team members worked so hard for us to be able to win,” Nunez said. “Our teamwork was the key.”

In the opening set, Karina Dilse fired away from the server’s spot at will for GCA, as she was able to complete 10 consecutive serves against the Lady Torchbearer defense. Jasmine Phan and Clerisse Dacumos also contributed to the Lady Eagles’ cause as they served up a variety of spikes and tips which left their opponents scrambling on defense. Both Phan and Dacumos were reinserted into GCA’s lineup after they missed the team’s last game in 2018.

“Clerisse and Jasmine are both very talented players, so having them back on the court is very helpful,” Nunez said. “When they returned, it’s like two family members came back.”

During the second and final set, Sunny Woo and Nunez strung together five consecutive serves. With the Lady Eagles getting solid games from several players, they took both sets with relative ease.

Meanwhile, two more matches in the girls division were played last Monday.

At the Saipan International School court in As Lito, SIS 1 needed three sets to dispatch SIS 2, 25-8, 22-25, 15-4. Over at the Mt. Carmel School court in Chalan Kanoa, MCS varsity made light work of the school’s junior varsity squad, 25-13, 25-13.

The boys division matches also resumed last Monday and results will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Thursday edition along with the title match between GCA 1 and Agape 1 in the middle school division. The finale was played yesterday afternoon.

Then for today’s games, SIS 2 will be hosting GCA and SIS 1 will be welcoming MCS JV team. In other matches, Agape girls and boys teams will be playing against MCS girls varsity and boys squads at the latter’s grass court.

Roby N. Pamintuan

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