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GROWTH IN ND ALUMNI COED VOLLEYBALL

The 2nd Annual ND Alumni Coed Volleyball Tournament in honor of Blaine Flores Afaisen made an even bigger splash over the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend than it’s first ever event in 2014. With the rosters opened up to allow more participants, the 2014 defending champion Team ’Mix Plate’ once again reigned supreme.

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By Robert Balajadia

The 2nd Annual ND Alumni Coed Volleyball Tournament in honor of Blaine Flores Afaisen made an even bigger splash over the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend than it’s first ever event in 2014. With the rosters opened up to allow more participants, the 2014 defending champion Team ’Mix Plate’ once again reigned supreme.

Full of veterans who were coached directly under the late Blaine Afaisen, Team Mix Plate first overcame the much younger and pool-play unbeaten stars in Team I Got Your 6 to then grind out a win over the even younger Head Hunters in three sets.

“We just play basic volleyball the way coach Blaine had thought us and I think that has come a long way,” said Bernie Afaisen Santos, sister of the late Blaine Afaisen.

The crafty veterans stuck to their basic principals and nearly swept the Hunters after taking a commanding 25-20 first set lead. The Hunters had a 15-10 lead in the second set before Mix Plate went on a 5-0 run to tie the game only to eventually take their first lead of the set at 23-22.

A serve ace put Mix Plate in match point, but the Hunters refused to go away after two long rallies gave the young guns the 27-25 second set win.

Proving that they had much more in the tank, Mix Plate took control in the final set to take a 20-10 set lead. Errors by the Head Hunters gave Mix Plate the 25-16 win to conclude the weekends event.

“Just being a part of this tournament is enough for me, but to actually win the tournament two years in a row is a home run for me. The tournament can only get better from here. We’re hoping to double the teams participating and also maybe have it twice a year,” added Santos.

Blaine’s All-Stars def. ND Varsity

Sunday belonged to the veterans once again in the All-Star game between Blaine’s best and current members of the ND Varsity Volleyball team.

Blaine’s All-Stars never trailed and never let up winning in two sets 25-18, 25-12.

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Blaine's All-Stars and members from the ND Varsity take time for a photo after their two set match. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

Blaine’s All-Stars and members from the ND Varsity take time for a photo after their two set match. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

(photo by Robert Balajadia)

Holden Barcinas digs deep to defend a Mix Plate serve. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

(photo by Robert Balajadia)

Head Hunter teammates struggle to decide who picks up the ball. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

(photo by Robert Balajadia)

Mix Plate members weren’t afraid to hit from the outside against the younger Head Hunters. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

(photo by Robert Balajadia)

Alan ‘Arm Cannon’ Camacho fires up a shot up the middle of the defense. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

(photo by Robert Balajadia)

Mix Plate attacks up the middle for a lead-changing point. (photo by Robert Balajadia)

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