The undefeated boys of St John’s College repeated as Belize City high schools volleyball champions, dominating the boys 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.
St John’s College boys had to go to four sets to beat Anglican Cathedral College boys in the finals. Raymond Gillett, Andrew Vasquez, Perry Diaz and Malique Tillett hammered kills at the net as Zachary Garbutt and Mishek Musa received and set the ball to win the first set 25-16.
Rene Flowers rallied the A.C.C. boys’ counterattack supported by Kyle Elliot, Jose George, Edgar Moore and Marco Soler, even as S.J.C.’s team captain Harold Nava took over from Musa and Raheem Flowers replaced Vasquez, and the A.C.C. boys prevailed 25-23 in the second set.
Richard Khatwani replaced Tillett in the third set and immediately served an ace, and the S.J.C. boys went on to win the third set 25-17. Joshua Fuller and Marco Soler relieved Jose George and Edgar Moore for ACC in the fourth set, and S.J.C. introduced Philip Codd and Musa for Nava and Tillett, while Einer Marin replaced Flowers . SJC went on to dominate the fourth set 25-10
St. John’s College boys advanced to the finals by eliminating fourth ranked seed, the boys of Ladyville Technical High School in the playoffs last Tuesday. Gillett, Diaz and Vasquez hammered kills at the net on plays set by Nava with Garbutt and Flowers receiving
But Ladyville’s Brian Martinez ,Tevin Bernardez, Nathaniel Sedacey and Sarkis Flowers were also attacking at the net and blocking some attacks to win the first set: 25-23.
S.J.C.’s libero Dimitri Fabro rotated into the game whenever SJC lost the serve, and with Codd and Musa’s help they won the second set 25-10. Ladyville’s. Emry Bood and Tyrone Parchue took to the court, but the S.J.C. boys won the third set 25-23, and with Tillett and Khatwani’s help, they dominated the fourth set: 25-10.
The A.C.C. boys advanced to the finals by eliminating the second ranked seed, the boys of Sadie Vernon Technical High School in a hard fought duel that went to five sets in the playoffs last Wednesday.
Dion Roches, Kadeem Olivera and Philip Ciego led the Sadie Vernon offensive supported by Michael Saldano, Deandre Adolphus and George Torres to win the first set 25-23.
The A.C.C. boys counterattacked and took the next two sets 25-12 and 25-23, but the Sadie Vernon boys would not go gently into that dark night and recovered to win the fourth set 26-21, tying the game at two sets each. The ACC boys outlasted them in the fifth set 15-12.
The St. John’s College boys will take on the defending national champions, the boys of Toledo Community College who won the Southern Regionals last week-end overR the Western Regional Champions – the boys of Mopan Technical High School and the Northern Regional Champions – the boys of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico 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.