Connect with us

GSPN

VOLLEYBALL QUARTERFINALS SET FOR FRIDAY

By Robert Balajadia

The 2018 Girls Volleyball Season has dwindled down to the top eight teams, with four games set to begin the playoffs this Friday at 6 pm. The higher seeds will host, and since it’s the playoffs, the format will change to a best-of-five with the 5th set being first to 15.

SCHEDULE

JFK (4th Taga) @ ND (1st Gadao)

Harvest (4th Gadao) @ St. John’s (1st Taga)

Tiyan (3rd Taga) @ Academy (2nd Gadao)

GW (3rd Gadao) vs. St. Paul (2nd Taga)

BREAKDOWN

Royals host Islanders

There hasn’t been a tougher place to pick up a win in 2018 than at the Royal court down in Talafofo. The undefeated Royals are always greeted with a packed house, most especially in the post season. The defending champions were tested just a few times this season and the Islanders are a much tougher team than their record says.

The Royals have the most impactful player in the league in Austia Mendiola, a recovered former MVP in Carlie Quinata and the game changing Bri Leon Guerrero. That line-up alone is trouble for any team in the league.

JFK’s gritty group behind Kiyoni Yamaguchi and Kiana Rivera are sticklers on defense, which will be key for the Islanders in trying to slow down the Royal attack.

Knights take on Eagles

Last years St. John’s Knights were made up, in majority, of a group of underclassmen who got to the finals on sheer talent and they’ve only gotten better in 2018. A few hiccups along the way with losses to the Cougars and Royals didn’t diminish what the Knights were able to accomplish; a top seed finish in the Taga Division.

Knight Haley Wigsten has been a star this season with fellow youngsters in hitter Tylee Shepherd and middle Angeline Del Carmine both proving able to take over games when their numbers are called.

Getting in are the Eagles, who picked up must win games down the stretch to fight their way into the playoffs in a tough Gadao Division. The Eagles are at their best when Gabrielle Paulin is serving, but their defense will be tested with the heavy hitters set to go from St. John’s

Cougars battle Titans

The Academy Cougars can be considered the most dangerous team in the playoffs when they’re firing on all cylinders. They’ve pulled off some great wins over the St. John’s Knights and GW Geckos, but also had some tough losses, including a loss to the same Titans they will face this Friday.

Academy’s senior group leads their line-up, which could play a factor in their “all or nothing” mentality. Middle Laressa Halladay and Theisen Taimanglo are always dangerous with a collective group of hitters who have been given the green light.

The Titans aren’t going to make their run easy with lethal hitters like Y’lisiah-rai Jorda, but playing in front of their home crowd is a big plus for the Cougars.

Warriors welcome Geckos

A coaching change in the middle of the season didn’t slow down the St. Paul Warriors as they’ve now climbed to the 2nd seed of the Taga Division. The Warriors gave the Royals a three-set battle as well as collecting wins over the Cougars and Geckos to prove their play isn’t a fluke. Their length behind Niah Siguenza and Monica Giger is tough to deal with.

The Geckos have the talent to roll with anyone in the league, and of course, the ‘Bobbi Quinata factor’.

Geckos setter Kiyoko Afaisen has developed solid chemistry with her hitters, often turning to Lyric McGill and middle Evita Laguana in the ‘must score’ moments. No matter who is lined up against GW, head coach Bobbi Quinata will have the girls putting out their best efforts.

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2021

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
Events for July

1st

Events for July

2nd

Events for July

3rd

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Events for July

4th

Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

Events for July

9th

Events for July

10th

No Events
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Events for July

11th

Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

Events for July

16th

Events for July

17th

No Events
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Events for July

18th

Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

Events for July

21st

Events for July

22nd

Events for July

23rd

Events for July

24th

25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Events for July

25th

Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

Events for July

30th

Events for July

31st

No Events
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

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 …

2020 Tokyo Olympics

 

UFC Fight

Aug 1: Trevin Jones vs. Tony Kelley

 

 

QUICK HITS

——————————————————–

Guam’s Joey Miranda met up with Chamorrita Softball Star Bubba Nickles and Olympic Teammates Dejah Mulipola and Aubree Munro out in Tokyo as we approach the Olympics!

Photo credit: GNOC

——————————————————–

Former Guam resident Tre Taylor has committed to play cornerback for the Southwestern Junior College Jags.
Turner attended Harvest and FD before transferring to Hawaii where he played for Saint Louis, the 5th ranked team in the nation.

——————————————————–

The big man Zach Banner getting to throw out the first pitch earlier today for the Pittsburgh Pirates!

 

 

More in GSPN