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FD’S SLOW START NOT A PROBLEM OVER KNIGHTS

Friars win in four sets

The FD Friars shook off a slow start to take out the St. John’s Knights 20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 Tuesday night in the IIAAG Boys Volleyball League in Upper Tumon.

The Friars struggled out of the gate and the Knights took full advantage as seniors Cameron Kelley and Lucas Lee were able to have their way.

“We couldn’t stop them,” FD coach Steve Pangelinan said about the St. John’s pair in the first set.

Things started to get going for the Friars in the 2nd set and beyond as their blocking and offense came alive.

“Lately, we get behind in the first set and we have a real hard time catching up,” coach Pangelinan said. “We end up playing a little bit cleaner and get flowing, then the boys start to have fun.”

Once the Friars rhythm got going, there was nothing St. John’s could do as the three-time defending champions cruise through the next three sets.

“Our passing was getting more consistent and we were able to set Joe (Mafnas) and Noah (Cruz). Once they get going, it opens up for the rest of them,” Pangelinan added.

David Del Carmen and Gabriel Sarmiento also stepped up big for FD on the night.

In the JV game, the Friars beat the Knights in three sets.

Meanwhile, the Harvest Eagles swept the Notre Dame Royals in straight sets to remain the top ranked team in the league at 8-1.

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