Connect with us

GSPN

DOLPHINS SINK ROYALS IN TWO

[sixcol_five_last]

By Kolby Chang

Dolphins Tianna Sakaba blocks Royals Destiny Castro spike for the final point of the game. (photo by Jose Perez)

Dolphins Tianna Sakaba blocks Royals Destiny Castro’s spike for the final point of the game. (photo by Jose Perez)

The defending champion Southern Dolphins are making waves in the Independent IIAAG girls’ Volleyball League after taking care of business against the Notre Dame Royals  at the newly renovated Southern High gym. The Dolphins dispatched the Royals 25-18, 25-18 and improved their record to 3-0, while dropping the Royals to 0-3.

In spite of their quick start, Dolphins’ coach Jaret Sanchez knows repeating as champs is a tall order so he is keeping the team focused on the task at hand. ‘We teach the girls to be humble and we teach them to work hard,’ Sanchez said.

In addition to their unblemished record, the Dolphins finally have a gym to call their own so defending their home court is something senior Tianna Sakaba and her teammates do with a sense of pride. ‘It encourages us a lot instead of going to community gyms,’ Sakaba said.

McDonald's player of the game Dolphins' Tianna Sakaba.

McDonald’s Player of the Game Dolphins’ Tianna Sakaba

The Dolphins were tested by a feisty Royals team that wouldn’t go away quietly. After being up by as much as six points in the first set, the Royals carved the lead to four following a tip from Britney Blau to make the score 20-16. Just when it seemed the momentum was about to shift over to the visitors, a string of errors put the match at set point and Sakaba closed it out for the home team when she tipped the ball past the defense.

Brittany Quinata gave the Dolphins a nice 2-0 lead after some fancy serving, but the Royals fought back and tied the game at 3 apiece after Destiny Castro crushed down a kill. Castro followed that up with a big block to give the Royals their first lead of the night.

The teams went back and forth until Quinata’s lightning quick ace tied the set at 9. A few plays later Sakaba continued to put her stamp on the game by hammering down another kill to make the score 11-10. The Royals tried to get back into the game but a series of miscues enabled the Dolphins to go up 16-12.

Later in the set Zoe Surber fired off an ace and the Dolphins were up 19-13 and had the Royals on the ropes as miscommunication continued to plague the visitors. Castro tried to breathe life into her team with a kill late in the set to make the score 23-17 but it proved to be too little, too late. Sakaba then displayed some of her defense prowess and had two consecutive blocks to send the Royals home.

Sakaba was proud of her team’s win last night but deflected credit for a strong individual performance.

“Without my team, I’m nothing. Without each other, we’re nothing. It’s not just a one man show and I’m so proud we’ve made it this far,” Sakaba said.

[sixcol_five_last]

 

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

http://www.akguam.com/ou/tamuning-scion/

Girls Vball Standings

Dolphins Tianna Sakaba get her spike through two Royal defenders. (photo by Jose Perez)

Dolphins Tianna Sakaba gets her spike through two Royal defenders. (photo by Jose Perez)

Royals Muneka Taisapic gets ready to spike a free ball. (photo by Jose Perez)

Royals Muneka Taisapic gets ready to spike a set outside. (photo by Jose Perez)

Sheri Stanley of the Royals spikes a ball over April Talledo of the Dolphins. (photo by Jose Perez)

Sheri Stanley of the Royals spikes a ball over April Talledo of the Dolphins. (photo by Jose Perez)

Royals Destiny Castro getting high for the spike. (photo by Jose Perez)

Royals Destiny Castro gets high for the spike. (photo by Jose Perez)

April Talledo of the Dolphins gets some air for a mid court spike. (photo by Jose Perez)

April Talledo of the Dolphins gets some air for a mid court spike. (photo by Jose Perez)

[fbshare url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/volleyball/dolphins-sink-royals-in-two/” type=”button”] [fblike url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/volleyball/dolphins-sink-royals-in-two/” style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

[/sixcol_five_last][useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=53, 38 interval=8 width=120 height=600 orderby=rand]

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

December

January 2021

February
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
Events for January

1st

No Events
Events for January

2nd

No Events
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Events for January

3rd

No Events
Events for January

4th

No Events
Events for January

5th

No Events
Events for January

6th

No Events
Events for January

7th

No Events
Events for January

8th

No Events
Events for January

9th

No Events
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Events for January

10th

No Events
Events for January

11th

No Events
Events for January

12th

No Events
Events for January

13th

No Events
Events for January

14th

No Events
Events for January

15th

No Events
Events for January

16th

No Events
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Events for January

17th

No Events
Events for January

18th

No Events
Events for January

19th

No Events
Events for January

20th

No Events
Events for January

21st

No Events
Events for January

22nd

No Events
Events for January

23rd

No Events
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Events for January

24th

No Events
Events for January

25th

No Events
Events for January

26th

No Events
Events for January

27th

No Events
Events for January

28th

No Events
Events for January

29th

No Events
Events for January

30th

No Events
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for January

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

NFL Fan Edition: Sherwin Paet

Polls

Who had the most impressive first win in the UFC?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Frank ‘The Crank’ Camacho was a competitive youth golfer in Saipan with dreams of making it to the PGA.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gains another CHamoru black belt.
Johnny-James Lujan earned the honor in Colorado from Professor Tom Lynn, who is also a former US Olympian in taekwondo.
Lujan is the son of Johnny Lujan formerly of Mongmong and Janille Jamero Lujan formerly of Sinajana.

More in GSPN