Scorpions, Telikom frustrate Vailima


THE National Capital District Volleyball Association ended its season with Edatec Scorpions men and PTPSL Telikom women crowned premiers at the Taurama Aquatic Centre on Saturday.
The Scorpions and Telikom frustrated Vailima sides 3-0 in both division finals to cap off the deciders in style.
The new kings and queens of the NCDVA had secured the first berths and were favoured heading into their grand finals.
It was good start for Vailima in their debut, who after several eliminations, made it through but their quest for maiden titles fell short.
Scorpions’ Sam Toa, later named the most valuable player, was on fire, dominating the show with his aerial power hits time and again which kept the opposition blockers wondering what hit them.
Setter Alpha Pala’s skills put his hitters in great position to strike while Onne Koi’s blocking took the steam out of several Vailima rallies.
Pala’s combination with Toa set the tone for the men’s premier final, with both men ably backed up by a crew made up of Ula Gima, Koi and Glaralema Gima, who capitalised on their height advantage in the blocks and pressured opposition hitters at the net.
Vailima setter Peter Jack was recalled by coach Michael Avoa in the second set to get their game in order with hitters Oeka, David John, Gerea Kila and Paul Solomon.
But the Scorpions’ defensive blocks and transitions in offence paid off handsomely to make it 2-0 in sets. Vailima’s fightback took place in the third frame but despite their brave effort the Scorpions lifted another gear to see off the blues.
In the women’s premier final, Telikom with Madia Hairai, Bibiana Paloa, Mera Kila, Oscar Itoro, Franky Daton and Alice Ilau were comfortable with structured play in the opening set to go straight off the target to win.
Valima’s stars Lois Garena and Patricia Gibson and Bala Babaga found the going tough to break with rotations in the front line which let them down with the opposition taking full advantage of it.
Telikom’s Poloa was named the MVP, Hairai best hitter, Garena best blocker, Ilau best passer, Daton best setter and Gibson best server.
In the A grade, Umi-Yet edged Jamas 3-2 in the men’s while in the women’s, Vailima beat Telikom 3-0.

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