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YiPiTe BATTLES UOG FOR GHRA TITLE

It took six sets, including an ‘if’ game, but Team YiPiTe managed to beat UOG to capture their third straight title in a thrilling series of sets during the GHRA volleyball finals Wednesday night at the UOG Field House.

By Robert Balajadia

YiPiTe Wins Third GHRA Competitive Title

Team YiPiTe were in the drivers seat heading into the GHRA volleyball finals against UOG needing to win just one game after finishing the season undefeated. What they got though were six gut wrenching sets being forced into the “if” game winning by the thinnest of margins in, including an action filled 3rd set 25-17, 17-25, 29-27 at the UOG Field House Wednesday night.

Make no mistake, the 3rd set was supposed end at 15 points, but the will to win had both teams trading points as YiPiTe and UOG ran up the score.

UOG’s Devin Maluwelmeng smashed home a kill to go up 13-12 as UOG was preparing to upset the two-time defending champions in the “if” game. YiPiTe managed to score a kill but Maluwelmeng answered to get within 14-13, needing just a single point to complete the title takeover.

BJ Balajadia prevented the game from slipping away as UOG would battle until 21 all where YiPiTe took their first lead in the set 22-21.

After an exciting exchange, YiPiTe was the last team standing winning their 3rd GHRA title. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

After an exciting exchange, YiPiTe was the last team standing winning their 3rd GHRA title. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

UOG got lifts from Maluwelmeng and Jarren VIllagomez to go back up 23-22, but Balajadia and the group kept the pressure on the front line eventually turning over a serve that never made it’s way back to give YiPiTe their third straight GHRA title.

“Oh man, we had to use every ounce of whatever we had in our tank. It just shows how committed  everyone on our team is. We were so tired, we just needed to do whatever it took to win,” said Balajadia.

The “if” game came along after UOG dominated a third set in the first game after two big blocks up the middle from Villagomez to go up 12-8. The team rallied behind Maluwelmeng to finish off the set to set up the winner takes all final game.

UOG played out all their opportunity though the it took a valiant effort to set get within a point away from winning it all.

The 2nd place team UOG Tritons.

The 2nd place team UOG Tritons.

Sky Dive Guam Battles Wins Out In “if” Game

The recreational division took a slightly different turn after Sky Dive Guam finally handed the unbeaten GPA squad their first loss to force the “if” game, where they managed to end it 25-21, 28-26.

Chris Shepherd and Goro Borja came up big in both games thought their talents made all the difference in the final set despite giving up a big lead.

GPA battled back while down 22-17 to tie the game at 22. Sky Dive made adjustments in the front line and brought back Shepherd from off the bench to get the game winning shot, going up 28-26.

The Recreational Team Champions Sky Dive Guam

The Recreational Team Champions Sky Dive Guam

PHOTO GALLERY:

GPA wins the second place team after a tough finals loss. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

GPA wins the 2nd place team after a tough finals loss. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Up 24-23, the UOG team falls after an errant serve ties the game once again. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Up 24-23, the UOG team falls after an errant serve ties the game once again. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Devin Maluwelmeng soars in for a kill for UOG. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Devin Maluwelmeng soars in for a kill for UOG. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Derrick Wahl is met by two UOG defenders at the frontline. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Derrick Wahl is met by two UOG defenders at the frontline. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

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