Connect with us

GSPN

FRIARS START SEASON STRONG

[sixcol_five_last]

By Niko Bulaon

Friars' Sean Bumagat makes a pass to his teammate to start things off in the first set. (GSPN photo)

Friars’ Sean Bumagat makes a pass to his teammate to start things off in the first set. (GSPN photo)

The IIAAG High School Boys’ Volleyball season is finally here as each school planned to grab their first win Saturday night. The Father Duenas Friars topped the young Simon Sanchez Sharks 25-8, 25-15, starting their season with high hopes.

In the first set, the Friars startled the Sharks, beating them in offense and defense, causing the Sharks to commit unforced errors. Friars’ middle blockers Michael Sakazaki and Jeremiah Taitano brought their fans to their feet every rally with a huge kill or a big block to keep the shorter Sharks stumbling to play the ball. Using their height advantage, the Friars kept the Sharks at only eight by the end of the first set.

“It starts with the first pass and the set,” said Sakazaki on his performance. “It was more of a team effort.”

McDonald's player of the game: Friars' Michael Sakazaki

McDonald’s player of the game: Friars’ Michael Sakazaki

The frustrated Sharks looked to turn the game around at the start of the second, fighting for every ball and creating a short lead. But it wasn’t long for the Friars to find their rhythm again to bring the favor on their side.

As the Friars started to commit careless errors, the Sharks stayed at their heels, giving the Friars not much room to breathe. Sharks Kassidy Abisia brought his team closer with a score of 15-13 after a block and a satisfying kill against the Friars.

Sharks' Cameron Lunod spikes the ball from the back court. (GSPN photo)

Sharks’ Cameron Lunod spikes the ball from the back court. (GSPN photo)

But the Sharks found no advantage against their taller opponents as Sakazaki and Taitano could not be challenged at the net, giving the Friars the win after a hard fought set.

“Coming from basketball, we’re just treating each game like its our last,” Sakazaki commented when asked where he saw his team going after their season opening win. “We’re just taking each game at a time.”

Sakazaki led the Friars with five kills and two blocks. Taitano aided with three kills and two blocks of his own.

In other games:
The defending champion GW Geckos easily handled the Guam High Panthers 25-14, 25-18.

The JFK Islanders got past the tough Guam Adventist Academy Angels 25-11, 26-24

The Okkodo Bulldogs take care of the Harvest Eagles 25-21, 25-19

The St. Paul Warriors picked up a forfeit win over the Southern Dolphins

 

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

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

Friars' Tristin Debold prepares to set the ball for his teammate. (GSPN photo)

Friars’ Tristin Debold prepares to set the ball for his teammate. (GSPN photo)

Sharks' Facundo Santamina gets his spike sent back by the double block of Friars' Michael Sakazaki and Shaine Munoz. (GSPN photo)

Sharks’ Facundo Santamina gets his spike sent back by the double block of Friars’ Michael Sakazaki and Shaine Munoz. (GSPN photo)

[fblike url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/?p=25618″ style=”button_count” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

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

[fbshare url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/?p=25618″]

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

May

June 2021

July
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
Events for June

1st

Events for June

2nd

No Events
Events for June

3rd

Events for June

4th

Events for June

5th

6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Events for June

6th

Events for June

7th

No Events
Events for June

8th

Events for June

9th

No Events
Events for June

10th

Events for June

11th

Events for June

12th

13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Events for June

13th

Events for June

14th

No Events
Events for June

15th

Events for June

16th

No Events
Events for June

17th

Events for June

18th

Events for June

19th

20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Events for June

20th

Events for June

21st

No Events
Events for June

22nd

Events for June

23rd

No Events
Events for June

24th

Events for June

25th

Events for June

26th

27
28
29
30
1
2
3
Events for June

27th

Events for June

28th

No Events
Events for June

29th

Events for June

30th

No Events

Foody’s Fun Facts

Favorites From Year 2

Polls

Which omitted high school sport did you miss the most?

View Results

Tokyo Olympics Countdown


2021 Tokyo Olympics

COMING SOON …

SATURDAY

Boys Volleyball: Champion vs. Champion

Saturday 6 pm: FD vs. Tiyan

 

UFC Fight

July 25: Trevin Jones vs. Tony Kelley

QUICK HITS

Nadine Del Carmen graduated from Santa Clara University on June 11. She was named captain of the Santa Clara women’s tennis team in her senior year and she will be attending Georgetown University in the fall to pursue her masters and will be playing for the Hoyas women’s tennis team.

 

——————————————————–

After a star-studded collegiate career at UCLA, Bubba Nickles turns her focus on the Tokyo Olympics with Team USA after the Bruins were eliminated in the College World Series. Nickles endured a broken arm on April 7 and worked her way back into the Bruins lineup for the WCWS. She will go down as one of UCLA’s best softball players in its storied history.

More in GSPN