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GW WINS ANOTHER 5-SET THRILLER

Geckos come through again in long battle with Bulldogs

By Paradis Jolie Fejerang

The GW Geckos are getting used to the five-set marathons in the ISA Boys Volleyball League.

Friday night’s showdown with the Okkodo Bulldogs was no different as the Geckos staved off the hungry Bulldogs in a wild 25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 20-25, 17-15 win.

It is the second crazy 5-setter for GW in a week.

With the season still being fairly early in, both teams used the opening set as a warm-up before getting their communication and game faces on. The Geckos looked to sweep the match after a close second set 25-23 win.

Senior captain of the Geckos, Kaden Apiag, had a lot to comment on regarding the state of his team and personal feelings throughout the game. “I was a little sluggish and slow but I got back into my flow with volleyball,” Apiag starts with a personal touch after coming off from a successful, but rough, basketball season. “The first two sets, our energy was high – it was good – but I think we got too comfortable in the third and fourth and we just made too many mistakes.”

Player of the Game Kaden Apiag

Noting the vigor he and his teammates had once they stepped out on the court, it was clear GW was confident to start. Regardless, any bystander to the game would have been able to tell that the Bulldogs were entering the third set of the night determined to keep their competitors from a 3-set win.

Sets three and four was no doubt in the Bulldog’s control as key player Sam Carino found his groove while keeping his calm on the court as his kills began to stack up. Still, in a game filled with impressive spikes, Apiag had a few more in him to outdo the Bulldogs and lead his team into taking the final set of the night.

After an exciting night, Apiag knows where he wants his team to go and what they need to work on in the upcoming weeks based off of this most recent performance. “We just need to work harder, focus more in practice and have our energy up throughout the whole game instead of just the first couple sets.” What Apiag is looking forward to at the end of the season? Another ISA championship.

UP NEXT

The next day for ISA’s HS volleyball matches will be April 15 (Monday), where GW will take on Guam Adventist Academy at the Tiyan High gymnasium; the JV game will begin at 5:30 pm, Varsity will follow. The Okkodo Bulldogs will be back at their home court where the Sanchez Sharks will meet them for their match-up; the JV game will begin at 5 pm, Varsity will follow. 

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COMING SOON …

4th Quarter Post Season

Boys Volleyball Champion v Champion on May 19

QUICK HITS

The St. Paul Warriors are the 2024 IIAAG Boys Middle School Basketball League Champions! The Warriors defeated the 2nd seed Andersen Dragons 60-47 to cap off their undefeated season.
Mario Bork led the Warriors with 20 points in the championship game.
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Sad News: Guam’s basketball community received word that long-time coach Gerrard ‘Gerry’ Barnes succumbed to cancer and passed away on May 7. 
Coach Barnes led the heralded Andersen Bombers from the 1980’s until recent years.
He also coached the Guam national team and at Simon Sanchez.
Coach Barnes was 73.

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