Wasting little time, the National Fence Intruders and the Lady Defenders secured the final spots in the New Providence Volleyball Association’s (NPVA) men and women’s championships. The Intruders took care of the Technicians in straight sets to sweep that best-of-three series two games to none and the Lady Defenders did the same to the Twin Brothers Lady Warhawks. Both games were played at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Both championship series will be a rematch of the finals from a year ago. The three-time defending champions in the men’s division, the Intruders, will face the pennant-winning Defenders in a best-of-five championship series. Game one of that series is set for Wednesday at 9 p.m. In the women’s division, the pennant-winning Lady Defenders will face the 15-time defending champions, the Scottsdale Vixens, in a best-of-five championship series. The first game of that series is also set for next Wednesday. That game will get underway at 7.30 p.m. The championship games will be played at D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
Intruders over the Technicians
Led by Prince Wilson and Dellan Brown, the National Fence Intruders kept the Technicians under 20 points in three straight sets to come away with the win. They won easily, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-19.
Wilson scored 14 points and Brown had 13. Tyrone Sands Sr. helped out with six points and Ruel Williams had five points. Donavan Wilmott and Gaege Smith rounded out the scoring for the Intruders.
Muller Petit was the high-point man for the Technicians with nine points. Renrick Lord and Ashton Ferguson each had five points. Doug Rolle and Randerville Johnson had four and two points respectively.
Wilson and Brown had seven spikes each. Brown also had three points from blocks and serves. Smith chipped in to score two points on blocks. Sands, like Brown, scored three points on serves.
The Intruders’ Alexo Saunders had four successful digs. Smith led both teams with 27 successful sets.
All of Petit’s and Lord’s points came from spikes. Rolle scored four points on blocks.
The Intruders outscored the Technicians 75-54 in the match.
The Intruders led by as many as seven points in the first set before settling for the 25-19 win.
They received little resistance in the final two sets to record the straight sets victory and march into the championship series where they will go after a fourth straight league title.
Lady Defenders over the Lady Warhawks
The Lady Defenders’ Latavia Braynen was the only player in double figures in points scored as she secured 19 points in three sets to lead her team to victory and into the finals. They blasted the Twin Brothers Lady Warhawks, 25-8, 25-17 and 25-23.
Braynen had help from Je’Nae Saunders and Terae Sweeting with eight points apiece.
Sydline Justilien had nine points for the Lady Warhawks. Rontree Rolle and Franchesca McBride scored six and five points respectively.
Braynen had 11 of her game-high points on spikes. Saunders scored six points on spikes, and Sweeting and Sari Albury had one point each off blocks.
Braynen scored seven points off serves. Chipping in with two points on service was Saunders.
Leandrea Armbrister had 28 successful sets for the Lady Defenders.
Justilien scored eight points off spikes. McBride had five points off spikes.
Ksenia Kondratyuk had 12 successful sets for the Lady Warhawks.
The Lady Defenders ran away with the first set, taking down the Lady Warhawks 25-8. The Lady Warhawks played much better in the second set, but still came out on the losing end.
Needing to save their season, the Lady Warhawks put up a strong fight in the third set, but they still didn’t have enough to overcome the Lady Defenders.
The Lady Defenders went on a 5-0 scoring run to take a 20-19 in that third set, and the set went back and forth from that point, until the Lady Defenders closed it out at 24-23. They won the final two points of the set to record the victory and head into the women’s championship series.
Jump Line – Championship series get underway next Wednesday at D.W. Davis.