The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes only needed three sets to defeat Bahamian junior national team members in New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) action on Monday night at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
The Mingoes won the match, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-11, taking down the junior national team members in straight sets. The Mingoes now sit in the fifth spot in the NPVA standings with a 4-10 win-loss record, and the junior national team members are right behind them in sixth at 2-11.
In the first set, the two teams battled fiercely with the Mingoes surging ahead late and holding on for the first-set win. The Mingoes led by six points at 13-7 but the junior national team members were able to claw their way back in the set. The Mingoes held on for the 26-24 first-set win.
The second set was another back and forth battle between the two teams, but the Mingoes persevered and were able to hold on for a 25-22 second-set win.
In the third set, the Mingoes took control early and pulled away from the junior national team members. It took them just 17 minutes to win the third set, 25-11, securing the straight sets win.
Team Captain Alivia Culmer said it was a good feeling to pick up a win.
“We all wished that we could’ve ended the game a bit quicker than we did, but due to us playing the night before the ladies were a bit tired. We still ended up fighting through,” she said. “We had a few downfalls in our service but other than that the defense was good from the ladies. Overall, it was a successful match and I look forward to many more wins in the games ahead of us.”
As the season progresses, the Mingoes are looking to sharpen their skills in preparation for more intense competition.
According to Athletics Director Kimberley Rolle, the process to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) membership in the United States is a tedious one, but one that they hope is fulfilled in short order.