Championships set in GSSSA

Championships set in GSSSA volleyball

  • Simba French
  • Nov 8, 2023
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A C.V. Bethel High School Stingrays player gets ready to set the ball in their in the Government Secondary School Sports Association (GSSSA) sudden death senior girls volleyball playoff match against the Anatol Rodgers High School Timberwolves yesterday. The Stingrays advanced to the championship. Torrell Glinton

The eight volleyball teams that will be vying for the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (GSSSA) four division titles are set, after the sudden death playoffs at the Anatol Rodgers High School Gymnasium and the D.W. Davis Junior High School Gymnasium. The championships are set for today at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium (KGLI) at 4 p.m.

The senior boys matchup will see the pennant winning Anatol Rodgers High School Timberwolves take on the C.I Gibson Rattlers. The senior girls division championship game will feature the pennant winning C.V. Bethel Senior High School Stingrays against the second seed Government High School Magic.

Timberwolves 2, Stingrays 0

The Timberwolves got a little push back from the Stingrays, but they remained locked in to win the game in two straight sets. The first set had the Stingrays looking for the upset, as they were able to tie the game at 16 points each. The pennant winners decided to buckle up and went up 23-18. The Stingrays cut into the game to make it 24-22, but the Timberwolves finished it off on the next play for the 25-22 victory.

With their backs against the wall, the Stingrays fought their way to extend that series when they tied the game at 17 points each. However, the Timberwolves knew what was at stake and jumped to a 24-20 lead, before ending the set at 25-21 to punch their ticket to the championship.

Rattlers 2, C.R. Walker Knights 0

From the time the first whistle blew, it was easy to see who the winner of this match was going to be, as the Rattlers came prepared to play and came with more energy and focus, while the Knights played timid. The first set saw the Rattlers go up 21-13 before finishing off the Knights 25-16.

The second set was identical to the first set, as the Rattlers dominated from the first point to the final point. They went up 19-12 at one point and went for the kill to finish off the Knights 25-16 again.

Senior Girls

Stingrays 2, Timberwolves 0

The pennant winners knew they were in Timberwolves country as the Timberwolves were not not backing down in the first set. The score was close, as the two went neck-and-neck as the game was tied at 19-19. The Stingrays then went up 22-20 before getting the best of the Timberwolves 25-22.

The second set began with a close game, with the Stingrays leading 10-8. After leading 12-10, at this point the game changed as the Stingrays showed why they are the pennant winners. The game quickly turned to 18-11 in their favor, and then they finished the set off at 25-13.

Magic 2, Knights 1

This was the most competitive match in the senior division. The Magic ran away with the first set in a 25-13 dominance, to look like the match was going to be a cake walk.

The second set saw the Knights taking control early on with an 8-5 lead. The Magic responded and took an 11-10 lead. The Knights reclaimed the lead to go up 20-19. Five unanswered points by the Knights gave them the momentum and the set to win 25-19.

The third and decisive set saw both teams fighting for a spot in the championship today. The game saw the score deuced up at 14 points. It was tied again at 15 points before the Magic won the next two points to win the set 17-15, to punch the final ticket to the senior girls championship game.

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