Intruders survive; Vixens one win from title number 15
The three-time defending champions in the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA), the National Fence Intruders, had their backs up against the wall after dropping the first two matches of their best-of-five championship series against the Defenders, but they responded on Sunday afternoon at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. They won in five sets, 25-9, 25-16, 19-25, 22-25 and 15-8, and now trail in the series two games to one. In the women’s division, after dropping the second match on Friday, the 14-time defending champions Scottsdale Vixens won in four sets on Sunday, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15 and 26-24, and now lead their series two games to one. The fourth games in the two series are set for Wednesday.
Intruders over the Defenders
The National Fence Intruders came into the game with one goal – not to go home with a loss. They succeeded as they came out aggressively and won in five sets, 25-9, 25-16, 19-25, 22-25 and 15-8. They now trail in the series two games to one.
For the Intruders, Donavon Wilmott finished with a game-high 23 points in the win. Prince Wilson added 16.
The Defenders got 14 from Kyle Wilson and nine from Jamaal Ferguson in the loss.
The Intruders dominated the first set, winning 25-9. They continued their impressive play, winning the second set 25-16.
The Defenders stayed alive, winning the third set, 25-19, to climb back into the match. They won the fourth set as well, 25-22, to set up a fifth and decisive set.
Both teams were aggressive as the Intruders tried to stay alive and the Defenders went after the sweep.
The three-time defending champions prevailed, winning the fifth set 15-8 to stay alive in the series.
Wilmott had 17 points from spikes and Dellan Brown scored 11 from spikes.
Scoring 13 points from spikes for the Defenders was Kyle Wilson.
Gaege Smith had 49 successful sets for the Intruders and Je’Vaughn Saunders had 42 successful sets for the Defenders.
Game four is on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Vixens over the Lady Defenders
Malinda Bastian led the way for the Scottsdale Vixens, scoring 24 points. Krystel Brown added 13, as they glided past the pennant-winning Lady Defenders in four sets, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15 and 26-24. They now lead the best-of-five championship series two games to one.
After the Vixens won the first 25-21, the Lady Defenders bounced back to win the second set 25-23.
It was a tough third set for the Lady Defenders as they were held to just 15 points. The Vixens won that set 25-15, and went up two sets to one in the match.
The fourth set was the most competitive one. The set was tied at 24-24, but the Vixens showed the heart of a champion as they won the final two points of the set to close out the match in four sets.
Leading the way for the Lady Defenders was Noarie Proverbs with 10 points. Je’Nae Saunders added nine.
Bastian scored 15 points on spikes and Brown had nine of her points on spikes.
Saunders scored all nine of her points on spikes for the Lady Defenders. Proverbs finished with eight of her 10 points on spikes.
As a team, the Lady Defenders scored five points on serves. Proverbs had two and Sari Albury had one.
For the Vixens, Bastian had seven points from serves and Jackie Conyers had five.
Bastian had two points off blocks and Brown had one block.
The Lady Defenders’ Latavia Braynen finished with a game-high three blocks. Albury added two points for the Lady Defenders.
Shevaughn Woodside led the Vixens with 41 successful sets and Leandrea Armbrister finished with 38 for the Lady Defenders.
Game four is on Wednesday, starting at 7.30 p.m.