Rain, strong winds play havoc on outdoor event; Va’a delivers two silver medals
Va’a delivers two silver medals
Guam’s va’a teams’ weathered rough conditions as wind gusts and rain were the order of the day that postponed other outdoor sport events including Tennis, Fast Pitch Softball and Baseball. A torrential downpour along with high winds greeted the paddlers during the first day of competition that created havoc on the Lidakihka Causeway.
In the 1500m race, our ladies initial turn on the 500m tangled up on the flag. This slowed their time as they had to make a second attempt to clear it then ended up on the wrong finishing lane that all but ended their chances for a medal. The men also had problems clearing the second turn that cost them valuable time sending them to the repecharge where they were unable to make the medal round.
Both teams were able to regroup and charge into the medal round in the 500m straight course winning silver in both men and women’s division which increased.
Guam Men’s Volleyball battled it out in an exciting three set match against Chuuck. In the first set, Guam didn’t allow Chuuk to score more than one point per possession as they raced to a 15-7 lead which prompted a time out by the opponent. An ace by Quintanilla along with a kill by Balajadia increased the lead to 19-10. However with several service errors Chuuk climbed back to within six points at 18-24. However a spike by Crisostomo ended the game 25-19.
Chuuck opened the second set with two unanswered points but Guam came storming back behind Mailloux’s service to tie the game at five. A couple of spikes that went out of bounds along with questionable decisions by the referees put Chuuck back on top 8-6 before a Quintanilla kill. After several exchanges, the game was knotted at 22. A Wahl kill and a block by Mailloux brought Guam to set point where Wahl’s slam ended the game at 25-23.
The third set was another heart stopper as Chuck lead 10-9 with good hustle plays and several service errors by Guam. With the score at 14 all, Guam went to work. Service aces by Perez and Ebeo along with kills by Quintanilla and Wahl and a block by Perez coupled with a line violation by Chuuck increased the lead to 22-17. Quintanilla’s ace prompted Chuuck to call time out with the score at 23-17. Chuuck managed two points on spikes that sailed out of bounds to come within four points at 23-19, but a Perez spike took Guam to match point. A Tapia service sailed out of bounds but the ensuing point was a kill by Perez that ended the night’s match 25-20.
With the win, Guam remains undefeated winning all it’s set. Their final group play will be at 8:00 p.m. against Kosrae.
Guam Ladies battled Marshall Islands in four sets as they continued their winning ways heading into the final group play against Pohnpei at 8:00 am.
In the COM-FSM National Campus Main Gymnasium Paliker, Guam Women rained on Nauru 100-41as they continue to run through their opponents.
The men reached the final four dribbling past Chuuck 83-51. Joe Blas led the team with 24 points.