Scorpions & Rebels win thru BVA menís volleyball finals

[Linked Image] The defending champions Scorpions and the upstart Rebels won thought to the championship finals when the Belize Volleyball Association held playoffs for the menís 1st division of Belize City volleyball competition at Belize City Center on Tuesday night.

The formula was simple: Win or go home. The defending champions Scorpions were in full force and playoff form, firing on all cylinders. The defending sub-champions, Mirab gave it their all with Eros Dawson, Gillian Smith Ernest Broaster, and Albert Humes smashing home kills on balls set by Kevin and Francis Thompson. But the Scorpionsí Oscar and Raul Arnold and David Vasquez were playing incredible defense, scooping up saves while Germaine Audinett, Shane Armstrong, Jamal Galvez and Nolan Michael blocked and spiked at the net to win in 3 consecutive sets: 25-23, 25-21, 25-21.

In the second semi-final, Rebels the upset over the No.2 seeded BNE Jaguars in a thrilling 5 set match that features see-saw sets with no team being able to establish large leads or momentum. In the end, Rebels proved to be more hungry for the win and won, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-12.

Mirab and BNE Jaguars were relegated to the bleachers to lick their wounds and dream about next year while the Scorpions and Rebels moved on. The male division 1 finals will be played at 8 pm Saturday at the Belize City Center.

Last Saturday night was the final regular season night of the BVA Open 2010 with playoff spots and positions to be determined.

In the female Division 1, Summit Dolphins played well in the first set against Moen Stars but ended up losing in 3 consecutive sets, 25-17, 25-4, 25-13. These same two teams will meet in the semifinal on Thursday night. The winner takes on Lady Jaguars for the championships on Saturday night.

In the Mixed Division, the Police played hard and tough almost knocking First Caribbean out of first place and earning the 4th place in the playoffs. First Caribbean pulled it out in the deciding set: 25-11, 14-25, 15-13.

Every match in the male division had a consequence of rank placement. In the first male match, Mirab & Rebels once again needed 5 sets to determine the winner. In the end, Rebels pulled it out, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 24-26, 15-10. The Rebels ended the regular season as the No. 3 ranked seed and Mirab was the No. 4 ranked team going into playoffs.

In the nightcap, the Scorpions took on the young BNE Jaguars to try and hold on the 1st place. Scorpions won the match 3 sets to 1, 24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 to finish the regular season in first place. BNE Jaguars were ranked 2nd.

On Thursday, in the Mixed division semifinals, the First Caribbean Diamonds take on Team SSC, while Team 313 will challenge Kauss. The winners of the semifinals play in the finals on Saturday.

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