Mt. Carmel School 1 swept its assignments last week to remain undefeated in the middle school division of the 2017-2018 Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools Association Volleyball League.
MCS 1 first prevailed against Saipan International School last Tuesday at the SIS’ turf in As Lito and then downed Grace Christian Academy 1 at the Knights’ court in Chalan Kanoa to earn a 4-0 record in the competition that started last Jan. 16.
The Knights 1 beat the Geckos in all three sets of their first meeting this season. MCS 1 secured the early win after taking the first two sets, 25-21, 25-23, and then completed the sweep with a 15-9 triumph in the third set. Though the game was already decided after MCS 1 won the first two sets, the third set was still played as per league rules to give students more time to play and develop their skills.
After getting the win at the SIS court, the Knights returned to their home court and met a tougher opponent in the Eagles 1.
Mt. Carmel clinched a 25-16 victory in the first set, but could not take the victory outright in the second when GCA bounced back for a 25-16 triumph. The second set was a nip-and-tuck game in the earlier part and was last tied at 14-all before the Eagles scored four straight points to gain distance. GCA kept the upper hand from thereon and took the win after Christopher Pangelinan made three consecutive aces to send the match to third set.
In the decider, the Knights capitalized on the Eagles’ errors for a 9-3 advantage. Mt. Carmel also won the next exchange and moved a point away from getting the win, 14-7, when the ball dropped in front of Prase Woo off a Hye Jin Elliot’s bump. The Knights went on to notch its fourth straight victory, as Kaia Travilla served and two GCA players moved in closer to the ball, but neither attempted to return it.
With the loss, GCA 2 fell to a 2-2 record.
Meanwhile, action in the volleyball league will resume tomorrow with four matches spread out at the various school courts. Over at SIS, the Geckos will take on Seventh Day Adventists, while Saipan Community School will host MCS 1. Agape Christian School will also play host to GCA 1, while GCA 2 will head to Mt. Carmel to duel MCS 2.