Connect with us

GSPN

MANHOBEN GAINS EXPERIENCE

Nine girls between the ages of 12-15 left Guam and travelled to Manila, Philippines last Friday to partake in the 2015 Far East Asian Tournament. The team made up of players from different parts of the island went through two days of non-stop and intense action at the De LaSalle Zobel Sports Complex.

By Michael J.A. Nauta Jr.

Nine girls between the ages of 12-15 left Guam and travelled to Manila, Philippines last Friday to partake in the 2015 Far East Asian Tournament.  The team made up of players from different parts of the island went through two days of non-stop and intense action at the De LaSalle Zobel Sports Complex.  Despite a rough start on opening day, Manhoben settled as tournament play continued throughout the weekend and while not being able to win any sets, the group of girls will head back with tons of experience.

“It’s my first time travelling for a volleyball competition and being able to play against strong teams has taught me a lot,” said Manhoben captain Caitlynn Taitano.  “We didn’t win any games, but we sure learned so much.”

After arriving and settling into their hotel at about 2AM,  Manhoben would be tested early as they started play in the second match of the tournament.  Going up against the host team De LaSalle, the Guam girls got things going with the hitting and serving of Brianne Leon Guerrero and Kiyoko Afaisen respectively.   Things looked great at the start with Guam taking an early lead.  However, the rally would be cut short as LaSalle put on a display of strong serving and precision hitting that eventually resulted in a 25-10 first set loss.  Second set action was much like the first and Manhoben surrendered the game with the scoreboard reflecting a 25-9 score.

Manhoben volleyball players take a photo with tournament officials during a break between matches.

Manhoben volleyball players take a photo with tournament officials during a break between matches.

Later in the day, Guam would play two more games.  Good showing by our island girls eventually kept the team fighting.  However, it was only a matter of time before Guam would fall to 0-3 after losing back-to-back games.

Needing to win their only game in the second day to make the playoffs, Guam game everyone a whole different look as they took on DLSZ-A.  With the help of Taitano, Leon Guerrero, and Afaisen, Manhoben opened the match with an 8-1 lead.  Not willing to look back, the team kept their motivation going as Haley Banez, Ariana Orallo, and Ricki Mya Balajadia contributed their fair share of offensive points as Guam closed the set with a 25-15 win.

“Winning that set just proved to ourselves that we can play,” said Taitano.  “If we played the same on day one things would’ve looked better for the team.”

Giving everyone a chance to get their feet wet in international competition,  Guam decided to empty the bench and play everyone else on the team.  The decision making by coaches seemed to hurt the team as Guam lost the final two sets to get eliminated.

“We travelled nearly two thousand miles to get into this tournament, so winning would’ve been nice but making sure everyone gained experience is better,” said Manhoben Assistant Coach John Afaisen. “In the end our girls represented the island well and they didn’t need a trophy to prove that.”

Team Guam sends a special thanks to their family and friends who have helped make their trip possible.  Members of the team also acknowledges Kaizen Events, Mr. Ron Ravela, Mr. Ace Gactuan, and Mr. Vince Acol for all their assistance.

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

0001-57800448

Team Guam does a school visit and sit-in with De LaSalle Zobel students on a day after competition. Pictured L to R:  Haley Banez, Kiyoko Afaisen, Ricki Mya Balajadia, Eryn Palconit, Caitlynn Taitano, Stella Petilos,Keishalin Mendiola, Ariana Orallo, Isarene Quintanilla, and Brianne Leon Guerrero.

Team Guam does a school visit and sit-in with De LaSalle Zobel students on a day after competition. Pictured L to R: Haley Banez, Kiyoko Afaisen, Ricki Mya Balajadia, Eryn Palconit, Caitlynn Taitano, Stella Petilos,Keishalin Mendiola, Ariana Orallo, Isarene Quintanilla, and Brianne Leon Guerrero.

Team Manhoben volleyball players gather with De LaSalle Zobel athletes for a post game photo.

Team Manhoben volleyball players gather with De LaSalle Zobel athletes for a post game photo.

Another day of competition. Team Guam headed on the bus.

Another day of competition. Team Guam headed on the bus.

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

August

September 2021

October
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Events for September

1st

No Events
Events for September

2nd

Events for September

3rd

Events for September

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for September

5th

Events for September

6th

No Events
Events for September

7th

No Events
Events for September

8th

No Events
Events for September

9th

No Events
Events for September

10th

No Events
Events for September

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for September

12th

No Events
Events for September

13th

No Events
Events for September

14th

No Events
Events for September

15th

No Events
Events for September

16th

No Events
Events for September

17th

No Events
Events for September

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for September

19th

No Events
Events for September

20th

No Events
Events for September

21st

No Events
Events for September

22nd

No Events
Events for September

23rd

No Events
Events for September

24th

No Events
Events for September

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
Events for September

26th

No Events
Events for September

27th

No Events
Events for September

28th

No Events
Events for September

29th

No Events
Events for September

30th

No Events

National Guard Athletes

Rose Munoz

An educator, triathlete, mother and Guardsman all in one! The ever active Rose Munoz almost never stops moving, but she’s found a way to balance her busy life while serving from home!

 

Polls

Do you agree with the Executive Order which has halted sporting practices as well as forced postponement of IIAAG and ISA Leagues?

View Results

COMING SOON …

IIAAG & ISA Leagues Postponed (schedules on events calendar)

Guam’s Strongest Man & Woman Competition

QUICK HITS

Captain Morgan: In his fifth pro season in the Japan Professional Basketball League, Morgan Aiken has been named the captain of the Yamaguchi Patriots.
“I’m blessed to officially be voted & named team captain for this season, year 5. Been such a long road, but trust me when I tell you hard work pays off.”
—————————————-
Josh Calvo captures black belt middleweight gold in The Revolution Tournament in Washington. It’s the biggest jiu-jitsu tournament in the Pacific Northwest region.

 

 

 

More in GSPN