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Warhawks hold onto first place in NPVA action

The Warhawks needed four sets to prevail on Wednesday night, but they pulled it off and improved to a league best 9-1 win-loss record, turning back the Rebels in the New Providence Volleyball (NPVA) Association men’s division at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

Tyrone Sands Jr. led the way for the Warhawks with 14 points. He scored six of those 14 points in the fourth and final set. He got help from Donovan Wilmott who chipped in with 11 points. Renaldo Knowles had 10 points in the victory.

For the Rebels, Zion Beckford led his team with eight points. Valentino Simon and Tarran Knowles had seven points apiece in the loss. The Warhawks won, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-22.

The Rebels came prepared as they upset the top seed 25-23 in the first set to take a 1-0 sets lead in the match and gain control of the game.

That did not sit well with the league leaders as they evened up the match at one with a 25-19 victory in the second set.

With the Rebels knowing that they needed the third set to regain the lead and momentum, they put up a valiant effort. However, the Warhawks held off the Rebels in that set, 25-23. They took a 2-1 sets lead in the match heading into the fourth set.

The Warhawks were looking to finish off the Rebels in the fourth set, but the Rebels were looking to tie things up at two and force a decisive fifth set.

The Rebels came close to winning the fourth set but the Warhawks came out victorious, 25-22, to end the match.

With that loss, the Rebels dropped to a 2-9 win-loss record and sit at the opposite side of the table from the Warhawks.

Sands scored nine of his 14 points on spikes and Wilmott and Knowles each had seven points from spikes.

Beckford had seven of his eight points on spikes.

The defending champions, the Defenders, are in second place in the men’s standings with seven wins and three losses. Behind them is the National Fence Intruders who sport a 4-6 win-loss record on the season.

Next up in the men’s division, will be the Defenders taking on the Warhawks in what should be an exciting game. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

On the women’s side, the defending champions, the Panthers, have yet to lose a game as they have an 11-0 record on the season.

Tied behind them are the Scottsdale Lady Vixens and the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, with identical records of 5-3.

The ladies division will have action tonight with the Vixens taking on the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes, starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday the Lady Technicians will take on the Lady Warhawks at 3.30 p.m.

All games will be played at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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