Timberwolves, Stingrays one game closer to lifting title

Decisive game two set for today

  • Simba French
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A Timberwolves player sets the ball during their GSSSA junior boys volleyball championship match against the Golden Eagles yesterday.

The Anatol Rodgers Senior High School Timberwolves boys and the C.V. Bethel Senior High School Stingrays girls moved one step closer to lifting their respective titles in the Government Secondary School Sports Association (GSSSA), after winning game one of their best-of-three volleyball championships yesterday at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.

The Timberwolves won over the C.I. Gibson Rattlers to go up 1-0. The Stingrays got the best of Government High Magic to take a 1-0 lead in that series.

None of the four games needed a third set.

Senior boys

Timberwolves 2, Rattlers 0

It was a dominant first set for the Timberwolves, who came out of the gate with a dominant 11-1 lead to put their stamp on the game. That scoreline moved up to 14-5, as the Rattlers had no answer to the Timberwolves’ serves. The set ended 25-12 in favor of the Timberwolves.

The second set saw the Rattlers slither their way to an 8-3 lead. However, head coach of the Timberwolves, Theodore Hanna spoke about his team’s resilience in that set.

“We are in the finals and as a team we have to know that the next team is coming to fight. They can play because they got to the final. We must build ourselves up to a level where no matter how much push they put in we put in more,” Hanna said.

His team pushed back and tied the game at 14 points each. They took the lead on the next play before jumping out to a 20-16 lead. At the end of the final whistle, the Timberwolves won 25-21 in that set.

“I’m happy for the win and I think that it gives them the boost that they need to just continue and become the champions,” Hanna said.

Hanna is looking to finish out the series today in two sets.

Senior girls

Stingrays 2, Magic 0

The Stingrays were a tough team to take down and the showed why by making quick work of the Magic in two straight sets.

The first set saw them jumping out to a 13-2 lead before pushing it to 20-5. The first set ended with the Stingrays winning 25-9.

Head coach for the Stingrays, Shantel Rolle said that her team serves came through for them last night.

The Magic looked more focused in the second set after getting punched in the mouth in the first set. They kept close in this set as the Stingrays led 11-10. That was the point when Rolle’s team woke up and took a 19-13 lead. At the end of the set, the Stingrays won 25-16 and were one game away from winning the championship.https://98ee83d98d91c351bf74d2a45d5d2f6d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html

“We are looking to stay focused and don’t get too complacent,” Rolle said. “Even though we are one game away, volleyball can go either way. We must bring the same intensity from tonight (last night) and see if we can become the champions.”

Rolle expects the Magic to come ready for them today.

Junior boys

Timberwolves 2, Golden Eagles 0

The Timberwolves played with a chip on their shoulder in the first set and easily disposed of the Gold Eagles 25-15. The second set was no different as the Timberwolves put on a show for their supporters with a 25-16 victory.

Junior girls

Lions 2, Lady Eagles 0

The Lions showed that they were head and shoulders above the Lady Golden Eagles by holding them to under 15 points in both sets. The first set saw the Lions winning 25-14 while they won the second set 25-12.

Game two for all divisions is set to start today at 4 p.m. at the same location with the junior girls playing first.

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