The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes women’s volleyball team came close a couple times this season but just could not pick up a win in the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA). Needing five sets, they got the job done on Wednesday night. The Mingoes defeated the Lady Technicians in five sets at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium to get their first win of the season.
They came from two sets down to win 14-25, 24-26, 25-21, 28-18 and 15-8.
The night didn’t start too good for the Mingoes as they lost the first set quickly off of errors and then bounced back in the second set but still lost a close set to put them down 0-2 in the match.
In the third set, Miracle Stubbs served up seven straight points to put the Mingoes up 17-9. The Lady Technicians responded and tied the set at 19-19. The Mingoes, behind the hitting of captain Shanyhah Bowe and some brilliant dinks from setter Micah Pratt, went on to win the set.
The fourth set belonged to the Mingoes as the team was able to force several errors from the Lady Technicians. They went on to win that set to even the match at two sets apiece.
The Mingoes got to eight points first in the decisive fifth set and continued pushing after the changeover to take that set and the match.
“We knew we were down and we started out a bit dry but our main concern was to play hard,” captain Shanyhah Bowe said. “We just kept fighting. We knew if we stopped fighting we were going to lose in three sets, but we just kept fighting and gave it our all.”
Bowe said this might have been their first win but it is not going to be their last. “I am expecting more. I want us to make playoffs and make the championship,” she said.
The Mingoes play the Panthers next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium.