Guam- It’s was upset city at the Father Duenas Phoenix Center in last night’s high school girl’s volleyball semifinals.
With nothing to lose the St. John’s Knights delivered their best performance at the perfect time. It was against the undefeated, 4-time defending George Washington Geckos and the win advances the Knights to the main stage and stops the Geckos from accomplishing five in a row.
The Knights came out of the gates running and the Geckos looking surprisingly lost at the start of the match. The Knights took advantage of the situation and clearly gained control of the set, eventually winning the crucial set and putting the match in their favor.
In dire straits, the Geckos played like the defending champs they are and showed the Knights why they’re there and showed a different team than the one in the first set. But the third set was just great volleyball on St. John’s part thanks to kills from Meagan Crisostomo and Kristinn Sapp that got past the mighty Kara Guerrero. The Knights dropped the Geckos to the third place match 25-22, 16-25, 25-18.
The Knights will face the Academy Cougars who also delivered an upset. The Cougars defeated the number 2 seeded Simon Sanchez Sharks in straight sets 25-22, 25-19.
The Cougars were more motivated than the Sharks in the match. The made key kills when they counted. Both the first and the second set almost played out the same with Sanchez coming closed to controlling the sets but Academy just put the ball down when it mattered.
“It was a great game for both teams… the girl’s were reminded many times of where they used to be as far as being in a championship game and I think that’s what motivated them to play well,” said Academy coach Ray Mantanona who will now face his friend and coach of the Knights, Chris Shepherd. “Shep and I are really good friends and we have similar coaching styles. So it will be an interesting match and one worth watching,” Mantanona said, and we couldn’t agree more.
The high school gorl’s volleyball final match is this Friday at 7pm at the FD Pheonix Center.