Mingoes start slow, finish strong against junior national team

The University of The Bahamas Mingoes should have had an easy night against the junior national team Wednesday night in New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) action at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. Maybe the Mingoes took it too easy against the Juniors.

The Mingoes had to fight through deuce and then hold off deuce en route to winning in three sets against the junior national team: 26-24, 25-23, 25-19.

Team captain Alivia Culmer lead the Mingoes with 15 points – 13 from kills. Audea Simpson contributed eight points (six kills and two blocks) for the Mingoes in the win. Elese Curling had five aces in the win.

The Mingoes struggled in the first two sets, allowing the juniors to force deuce in the first set and get close in the second set.

“In the first two sets we did have our continuous serve that we usually have, so we were at about 65 percent instead of the 95 percent that we know we can be at,” Culmer said. “That was our biggest issue in those first two sets.”

The team was able to focus in the third set, but still allowed the juniors to give them a scare.

“Our service was much better in the third set,” she added. “I think everyone was just ready to go and so everyone stopped playing around and making mistakes and finished the match off.”

Ty’Anna Gordon was the top scorer for the junior national team, with seven points including four kills.

The Mingoes aren’t scheduled to play again until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6 against the Truckers at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

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