In the lone game in the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) on Wednesday night, the Technicians took down the three-time defending champions National Fence Intruders, three sets to one, in a men’s affair at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. The Technicians won, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-20.
Leading the way for the Technicians were Renrick Lord and Petit Muller with 16 points apiece. For the Intruders, Dellan Brown led them in scoring with 13 points.
The Intruders came out the gate ready to play, but the Technicians came back and stayed within striking distance throughout the first set.
The Intruders took the lead for good in the first set at 9-6 after scoring three points in a row.
The Technicians kept it close in the first set, getting to within one point at 20-19, but the Intruders ended the set with five points in a row.
The second set was close as well as the lead changed hands a number of times. With the score tied at 15 all, the Technicians scored three in a row to take an 18-15 lead.
The Intruders came back to within a single point, 19-18, but the Technicians then scored three straight to go ahead 22-18. This forced the Intruders to call a timeout.
When play resumed, the Technicians advanced to set point, leaving the Intruders at 18. The Intruders scored one more point before the Technicians won the set and tied the match at one set apiece.
The third set was the most exciting as both teams were fighting to get a 2-1 lead in the match.
Jumping out to a quick 6-1 lead were the Technicians. The Intruders tried to come back but the Technicians went up 10-4 before the Intruders called a timeout. Like the second set, the timeout did not work. This time, the Technicians scored five unanswered points to go up 15-4 to grasp control of the set.
The score reached 17-5. The Intruders buckled down and score five unanswered points to come to within seven, 17-10. The Technicians called a timeout, but when play resumed, the Intruders continued to battle back.
With the score at 22-19 in favor of the Technicians, they called another timeout. Out of the timeout, the Intruders scored two quick points to get to within one, 22-21.
The momentum had switched, but the Technicians got it back. They scored two straight points to get to set point, 24-21. It was too much for the Intruders as the Technicians held on to win the set 25-23. They now held a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, the Intruders had to keep playing from behind as the Technicians surged ahead early. Every time the Intruders made a push to take the lead, the Technicians would respond. They got to within one point at 16-15. However, the Technician pulled away, taking a 23-19 lead. They went on to win two of the final three points in the set to win the match three sets to one.
Muller had 14 spikes on the night for the Technicians. Lord had two blocks and eight points off of serves. Randerville Johnson, of the Technicians, had 26 successful sets.
For the Intruders, Brown had seven spikes. Ruel Williams led the Intruders with five points off of serves and Gaege Smith had 31 successful sets.
Action resumes on Sunday with the Intruders facing the Defenders at 3:30 p.m. at D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
The league will take a break after that game for the Christmas holidays and will resume on Friday, January 4.