The undefeated girls of St Catherine’s Academy repeated as Belize City High School Volleyball Champions, dominating the hitherto undefeated girls of Wesley College in the finals of the competition organized by the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium on Friday, November 2.
Sherika Burton, gold medalist hitter at the CODICADER games in Guatemala in September, led the SCA offensive with the help of Leandra Betson, Gianna Brown and Karina Bernard scoring hits at the net on balls set by Xiomara Quan and Krystal Bevans. Nayala Tun and Hanna Diskin took the court to relieve Betson and Brown as they won the first set 25-9.
Wesley’s Shanice Humes, Moesha Shaw, Jenna Peck and Leyla Hernandez tried to mount a counterattack and indeed scored some points on balls set by Brenda Brown and Kristy Terry. Kerri Zuniga, Kendice Jefferies. Chloe Cruz entered the ball game for Shaw, Peck and Brown in the second set, but Zakiyah Young and Hanna Diskin reinforced the SCA offensive relieving Xiomara and Betson asnd they dominated the second set 25-5.
S.C.A.’s Alexandra Smith, Karen Quan and Nandi Woods replaced Young, Tun and Diskin in the third set, while Wesley’s coach sought a winning combination with Chloe Cruz and Shana Baptist relieving Brenda Brown and Jefferies, but the S.C.A. girls overwhelmed the Wesley girls 25-5 in the third set.
The S.C.A. girls had advanced to the finals by eliminating the second ranked team from the other group, the girls of Pallotti High School in the playoffs on Tuesday evening. The SCA starting six of Burton, Betson, Tun, Xiomara, Bevans, and Kayla Burrowes won the first set easily enough 25-8.
Gloria Serano led the Pallotti counterattack with the help of Rochelle Shaw, Ellen Glenn and G. Ann Humes as a fresh six SCA girls entered the game for the second set.
Gianna Brown, Alexandra Smith and Hanna Diskin led the offensive supported by Zakiyah Brown, Karina Bernard and Karen Quan receiving and setting the ball. Megan Longsworth, Vivian Noralez and Rebecca Shaw helped the Pallotti girls win more points in this set, but the S.C.A. girls still won 25-16, and they simply overwhelmed the Pallotti girls in the third set 25-3.
The S.C.A. girls had entered the playoffs as top-ranked in their group by a 25-10, 25-13 win over the girls of Ladyville Technical High School, dominating girls of Nazarene High School 25-3, 25-12 and overwhelming the girls of Sadie Vernon Technical High School: 25-4, 25-4.
The Wesley College girls had advanced to the finals by a four-set win over the Ladyville Technical girls in the other playoff last Wednesday. The Wesley quartet, Humes, Shaw, Hernandez and Peck, had to go to extra points to win the first set 26-24 over the Ladyville girls, and with Brown and Terry’s help they also took the second set 25-23. Shemeika Franklin led the Ladyville girls’ counterattack supported by the Nicholson sisters, Rebecca and Mardy, Jolecia Jones, Denika Noralez and Iandra Young to win the third set 25-19, but the Wesley girls took the fourth set 25-19.
The Wesley girls had advanced to the playoffs as the top-ranked seed from their group, by a 25-0, 23-25, 15-13 win over the Pallotti girls, a 25-9, 25-21 win against the Maud Williams High School girls and a 25-16, 25-15 win over the girls of Anglican Cathedral College.
The S.C.A. girls will defend their title as national champions against the southern regional champions, the girls of Stann Creek Ecumenical College, the Western regional champions – the girls of Belmopan Comprehensive School, and the northern regional champions – the girls of Muffles College in the national championships organized by the National Secondary Schools Sports Association at the University of Belize auditorium in Belmopan on Friday and Saturday, November 9-10.