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Defenders, Vixens move on to NPVA finals

Once again the Defenders and the Scottsdale Vixens will be represented in the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) Championships. They both finished off their opponents in two-game sweeps at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium on Monday. The 14-time champions Vixens breezed past the Johnson’s Lady Truckers in straight sets, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15. On the men’s side, the pennant-winning Defenders made quick work of the Twin Brothers Warhawks, winning 25-21, 25-18 and 25-18.

Defenders over the Warhawks

Jamaal Ferguson and Kyle Wilson stepped up and led by example to help the Defenders secure a spot in the NPVA men’s championship series where they will take on either the three-time champions National Fence Intruders or the Technicians. The Intruders lead that series one game to none, and game two is set for tonight.

On Monday, the Twin Brothers Warhawks were no match for the Defenders. The Defenders won easily, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-18, in a match that lasted just an hour and three minutes.

Ferguson was the top scorer for the Defenders with 15 points. He had 11 kills, three service winners and a block. Wilson helped out with nine kills, three aces, two digs and a block. Lahaundro Thompson had five blocks for the Defenders and Garry Greenslade helped out with four digs. Je’Vaughn Saunders had 32 successful sets.

Renaldo Knowles was the top scorer for the Warhawks. He had seven kills and added four digs. Chauncey Cooper contributed six kills. Derek Walking had a block, and

Michael Young had a service winner. Jonathon Pendlebury added three digs.

The Defenders swept the series two games to none and won all six sets in the series by a combined score of 150-122.

The best-of-five championship series get underway next week Wednesday at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

Vixens over the Lady Truckers

The Scottsdale Vixens met a familiar opponent in the NPVA semifinals this year, and they turned in a familiar result, sweeping away the Johnson’s Lady Truckers in two straight games. They won the clincher on Monday, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15.

Like the Defenders’ men, the Vixens were completely dominant in advancing to yet another NPVA championship series in which they will go after a 15th straight title.

Melinda Bastian was the top scorer for the Vixens. She had 13 total points, inclusive of eight kills and three blocks. The Vixens’ power hitter added eight digs. Krystel Brown contributed 10 kills. Q’Jannis Wilson had four service winners and Jackie Conyers contributed three. Cheryse Bain added five digs, and Shevaughn Woodside had 22 successful sets.

For the Lady Truckers, Tenaj Cooper was the top scorer with seven points. She had five kills, a block and an ace. Davia Moss had five kills and eight digs. Genie Adderley contributed three aces and two blocks, and Anastacia Moultrie added an ace. Sasha Symonette had eight digs for the Lady Truckers and Kelsie Johnson had 13 successful sets.

The Vixens won all six sets in the series by a combined score of 151-117. They will go on to play the winner of the other semifinal series between the pennant-winning Lady Defenders and the Twin Brothers Lady Warhawks, in the final. The Lady Defenders lead that series one game to none. Game two is set for tonight.

The best-of-five championship series get underway next week Wednesday at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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