Two in a row for MCS; GCA, SIS 1 win


Mt. Carmel School’s varsity team’s Louisa Han unloads an overhand serve during their season-debut game in the CCOPSA high school volleyball league against MCS junior varsity last week at the MCS court. (Roby N. Pamintuan)


Mt. Carmel School made it back-to-back, while Grace Christian Academy and Saipan International School 1 notched victories over their respective opponents in the girls division of the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association High School Volleyball League last Thursday,

Though their game kicked off late and MCS varsity team had a shorthanded roster, the Lady Knights still managed to beat Agape Christian School, 0-25, 25-21, 15-12. Agape took the lopsided win in the opening set, as it was awarded the victory via forfeiture after MCS failed to have six players available at the start of the match. After the Lady Knights’ sixth player arrived, the opposing teams mutually agreed to start keeping score in the second set.

After the Lady Knights faced a setback in the opening set, they persevered and prevailed in the final two for the squad’s 2-0 record.

Despite losing their season-debut game, ACS head coach Ana Arellano gleaned valuable insight from observing how her squad played. Moving forward, Arellano said she will be working more on helping her team improve their serving, receiving, and focus in the game.

“We need to work on being consistent with serving and receiving. Also, they need to focus and always keep their eye on the ball as it comes across the net,” Arellano said.

In other results last Thursday, the Lady Eagles made their season debut and squashed SIS 2 in two sets, 25-5, 25-6. SIS 2 absorbed its second loss in as many games.

For the third high school girls game, SIS 1 got the upper hand on MCS’ junior varsity team, as it prevailed in three sets, 25-16, 10-24, 15-9. The Lady Geckos 1 now boasts a perfect record of 2-0, while MC JV fell to a 0-2 mark.

Meanwhile, matches in the girls division will resume today with GCA hosting MCS JV at 3:30pm and ACS facing SIS 2 at the Torchbearers’ court in Middle Road also at 3:30pm. Over at the Mt. Carmel grass court in Chalan Kanoa, MCS will welcome SIS 1 at 4:30pm. Before the girls game, MCS boys team will be going toe-to-toe with SIS at 3:30pm.

Roby N. Pamintuan

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