The Scottsdale Vixens are off to a strong start in their bid to win a 15th consecutive New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) league championship. They took down the Johnson’s Lady Truckers in three straight sets on Wednesday night, winning game one of that best-of-three semifinal series, 25-16, 25-23 and 26-24, at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. In the men’s division, the Defenders took care of business, taking down the Twin Brothers Warhawks in three sets to take game one of their semifinal series. They won, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21.
Vixens over the Truckers
The second-seeded Vixens needed only three sets to put away the third-seeded Lady Truckers in game one of their playoff series, and now find themselves just one game away from getting back to the women’s championship in the NPVA. They won, 25-16, 25-23 and 26-24.
In the first set, the Vixens took control early and went on to record an easy win. A stunned Lady Truckers team tried to bounce back in the second set.
It was a fiercely contested second set as the Lady Truckers refused to give up, despite going down 14-7. They managed to pull within a single point late in the set but the Vixens managed to hold on. They prevailed 25-23.
In the third set, the Vixens looked to put the game away and to end the night early. They went up 5-2 early in the set. The Lady Truckers kept it close and then came back to tie the set at 11. They then went ahead 16-12.
The Lady Truckers held a 23-20 lead over the Vixens, needing just two points to win the set and get back into the match.
However, the resilient Vixens stormed back to tie the set at 24. The Vixens won the next two points to win the set 26-24, winning the match three sets to none.
Game two, a must-win for the Lady Truckers, will be held on Monday, starting at 7.30 p.m.
Defenders over the Warhawks
The top-seeded Defenders got 18 points from Jamal Ferguson and 16 points from Kyle Wilson to take down the Warhawks in three sets in the first game of their best-of-three semifinal series. They won, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21, and now find themselves one game away from heading to the NPVA men’s finals.
The fourth-seeded Warhawks got 12 points from Renaldo Knowles and 10 points from Eric Johnson in the loss.
The game was tied up at five early in the first set as the Warhawks kept it close with the Defenders. At one point the Defenders went up 16-12 and looked like they were about to run away with the set.
However, the Warhawks came back, getting to within one point, 21-20. The Defenders then won four of the next six points to go up 1-0 in the match.
In the second set, the Warhawks jumped out to a 12-6 lead, looking to even the match at a set apiece.
The Defenders came all the way back to tie the set at 15-15, and then took their first lead at 16-15, looking to pick up some momentum.
The Warhawks tied up the set at 18, but the Defenders won six of the next eight points to reach set point with the Warhawks on 20.
The Warhawks won the next two points before the Defenders put the second set away, 25-22.
With a two-sets-to-none lead, the Warhawks had an uphill battle to climb, but they weren’t prepared to give up.
The third set went back and forth between the two teams. The game was tied up at 10 and again at 13. Coming out of a timeout, the Warhawks won a point to take a 14-13 lead, but the Defenders kept battling and went ahead 18-16.
The Defenders won four of the next six points to take a 22-18 lead. Despite coming to within two points at 23-21, the Warhawks could not get the equalizer or regain the lead.
The Defenders won two straight points to end the set in their favor, 25-21, and win the match three sets to none.
Ferguson led his team with 15 spikes while Knowles had 11 for the Warhawks.
The Warhawks will have a chance to respond on Monday when game two is played. That game is scheduled for a 9 p.m. start.
In the women’s division tonight, the top-seeded Lady Defenders will battle the fourth-seeded Lady Warhawks in the opening game of their series. That game is set to start at 7.30 p.m.
In the men’s division, the defending champions National Fence Intruders will begin their title defense against the third-seeded Technicians, starting at 9 p.m.