Vailima live to fight another day


VAILIMA play their third straight sudden-death match on Saturday against Ela Motors in the women’s premier division of the NCD Volleyball Association preliminary finals at Taurama Aquatic Centre.
Vailima survived a jolt from Jamas in the first elimination before sending home Edatec Scorpions in a tie-breaker last Saturday.
If they can topple Ela Motors this week, they will make it to the grand final from fifth place — an achievement for the Vincent Hicks (Samoan) sponsored side.
They are expected to maintain the same lineup of hitters Mary Lohia and Patricia Gibson, middle blockers, sisters Lois and Annrika Garena, Linder Simoi and setter Bala Babaga. Garena (Lois) is expected to offload some pressure off hitter/passers Gibson and Lohia outside, and is expected to get a good number of sets in their transition phase.
Their opponents, Ela Motors, will be relying on in-form passer/hitter, Emily Bae, whose current killing success rate is high.
Taking off some load will be middle blocker Hitolo Raka, who will feature with her solid float service and her height and reach in the center court.
Good ball control in defence and offence will determine the outcome and the winner will face PTPSL Telikom in the big one next weekend.
Ela Motors will feature again in the men’s A grade preliminary final against MJ Electrical U-Mi Yet. Minor premiers Ela Motors broke down and lost to Jamas last weekend and have to regroup to meet U-MI yet, who will be in high spirits after their well-oiled performance against Telikom last Saturday.
It will be height and power against speed when MJ Electrical U-Mi Yet face Vailima in the women’s A grade preliminary final.
U-Mi yet has the height in Sopolemalema Alsop, Christine Maino, Viola Unatah, Valerie ii-Meve, Lorain Allen and Samuella Terence.
Their opponents (Vailima) Naomi Hiovake, Catherina Bobola, Angela Ire, Elizabeth Kase and Josephine Aitsi are shorter but mobile and should pose a challenge.

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