Champions crowned in the GSSSA!
After dropping the first set, the D.W. Davis Pitbulls junior boys rallied to win their second consecutive volleyball title in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA).
The Pitbulls swept the C.H. Reeves Raptors winning the second game, in the best-of-three series, 24-26, 26-24 and 15-9. Also closing out their championship series was the C.R. Walker Knights senior girls. The 25-8 and 25-18 victory served as the third consecutive title for the squad. The Pitbulls, according to Head Coach Hector Rolle have 10 junior titles, and are looking toward next year for another one.
Rolle said: “We came out very flat-footed in this game. We didn’t play as aggressive as I would have liked them to play in the first set. That forced me to make two substitutions, but that didn’t work in that set. We were focused in the second set and had more aggression. That was a close set but we played better. We cut down on the errors and capitalized on their mistakes. I wasn’t nervous at all, just wanted them to play like how I know they could.”
Both the Raptors and Pitbulls were inconsistent from the service line in the first set. However, the Pitbulls made a change in their line-up, and served up five consecutive aces to take the early set lead.
Serving big in their match was the Knights. In that first set the Knights jumped out to an 8-1 lead and never looked back. The Rattlers were able to score two straight points but the Knights broke service and took control of the set after that.
“I feel great about the win, the girls worked as a team. The captains led as I expected them to,” said Knights’ Head Coach Floyd Armbrister.
“I love the chemistry that the team had. We had a practice recently and I saw the hunger from there. I would like to thank all of the persons who came to support us, especially Mrs. Meronard, the teachers, the parents, the principal and the school board. We would like to congratulate C.I. Gibson for showing sportsmanship.”
Wednesday’s victory was the 17th win on the season for the Knights, who also won the pennant this year.
The Rattlers senior boys also closed out their series. They defeated the Knights, 25-27, 25-16 and 15-8, to take that championship series in a two-game sweep. The Rattlers also won the pennant. The next sport on the GSSSA’s calendar is basketball.