The National, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
VAILIMA pulled off a satisfactory 3-1 win (25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21) over Scorpions in the NCD volleyball men’s premier competition at the Taurama Leisure Centre on Saturday.
However, they earned it with some resilience after trailing a set down. And it was Vailima setter Vela Ralewa who proved lethal with some superb display of set plays that proved destructive for their opponents, Scorpions.
Scorpions’ lanky captain Ula Gima seemed to dominate at the net with solid blocks and aggressive spikes of Kila Solo’s sets.
The trio of Baker Raqua, Rendale and Noah Nambate came to Gima’s aid and continued to torment their opponents to win the first set (27-25).
But the Scorpions could not live up to their deadly venom that saw Vailima clawing their way back after finding the remedies to resist their opponents’ ammunition.
This time, Ralewa did not disappoint linking up well with his hitters Moses Airie, Miria Geita and Michael Sogo to find gaps to punish Scorpions who could not withstand the pressure and Vailima won the second set (26-24) 1-1.
There was more intensity in the third set but Ralewa continued to mesmerise with his sets from different angles, resulting in Airie, Geita and Sogo rising to the net for the spikes to register points.
In the other games, Kawaso defeated U-Mi Yet 3-1, Ela Motors beat Gulf East Timbers 3-1 and Snipers edged After Dark 3-2.
In the women’s premier division, Gulf East Timbers defeated Scorpions, 3-1, U-Mi Yet belted Pom Tech 3-0, After Dark defeated Vailima 3-1 and Snipers beat Ela Motors 3-1.