Scorpions sting strong Vailima

The National,Tuesday June 28th, 2016

THE Scorpions sent warning signals to other teams when they stung Vailima 3-1 in their National Capital District Volleyball Association men’s premier division clash at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre on Saturday.
It was the eighth game (second last) of round one with one game remaining to complete round one.
The 3-1 score line had the Scorpions winning the first dropping the second and going on to take the last two sets for a well-deserved win (25-20, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-22).
They also had the height advantage at the net in Ula Gima, Moha Mea, Onne Koi and Toua while  stand in setter, Alpha Pala grabbed the opportunity to display his setting skills and was outstanding with his defensive covers.
Scorpions took the first set through solid blocks and power-play using their height outside 25-20.
Vailima replied with solid spikes from Graham Oeka, David John, Paul Solomon Tua and Vali Kali with spot on setting from Peter John to tie the scores.
The Scorpions stepped up their aggressive service in the third set, and led 16-11 with Gima racking up 5 service aces in a row and went on to win 25.
They maintained the intensity on service in the fourth set, and as a result Vailima’s reception collapsed giving too many free balls that allowed Scorpions to counter attack in transition play to seal the fourth set 25-22 and the match 3 sets to one.
The victory put Scorpions clear on second place behind Vanama.
Results: Men – Vanama 3 One Six Pawa 0, U-Mi Yet 3 gave Strive Stars 0, Telikom 3 Jamas 2, Laudanu 3 Ela Motors 2; Women – Vanama 3 One Six Pawa 0, U-Mi Yet 3 Strive Stars 0, Scorpions 3 Vailima 2, Ela Motors 3 Laudanu 0, Telikom 3 Jams 1.