TCC boys win 2010 NSSSA volleyball champs
The Toledo Community College boys won their 4th back to back to back National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) volleyball championship in the tournament hosted by Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico at Andres Campos Civic Center in Corozal Town over the weekend.
The tournament opened Friday evening with Game 1, as the Southern Division champions, the TCC boys qualified easily to the finals with a 3-set win against the Western Division champions, the Belmopan Comprehensive School boys. Rudy Arzu and Darius Avila led the attacks, hammering kills at the net on balls set by Tarrel Flores and Evir Aranda while John Godoy and
Raluni Bernardez received and kept the ball in play as they won the first set 25-11.
Belmopan’s Marlon Salazar, Akeem Watters and Khalil Bennett scored some hits and blocked the TCC boys’ spike attacks while Eldon and Kevin Brown and Christopher Enriquez received and kept the ball in play, but TCC’s captain Denver Lino and John Lucas helped the TCC boys overcome to win the 2nd and 3rd sets: 25-16 and 25-15.
In Game 2 Friday night, the Northern Division champs, the San Pedro High School boys advanced to the finals by dominating the Central Division champs, the Wesley College boys, in three sets. Irvin Chacon and Enrique Marin led the attacks, on balls set by Julio Chacon and Yani Garcia while Bryan and Nano Marin received and kept the ball in play. Jermaine Madrill and Brandon Lopez led the Wesley boys’ attacks, spiking on balls set by Calbert Jeffries and Jared Tillett, but libero Flavio Montejo rotated into the game to defend when San Pedro lost the serve and the island boys won the 1st set: 26-24. The Wesley boys rallied for a comeback but the San Pedro boys went on to take the next two sets 25-22 and 25-16.
In Game 3, the consolation game for 3rd place on Saturday morning, the Belmopan Comprehensive boys won over the Wesley College boys in a contest that went to 5 sets. The Wesley boys won the first set: 27-25, but the Compre boys came back with spike attacks from Marlon Salazar, Akeem Watters and Khalil Bennett, while Felix Requena kept the ball in play, sometimes tricking the ball over the net to win the 2nd set: 25-21. The Wesley boys were undaunted and won the 3rd set: 26-24, but the Compre boys were not about to let them have it all their own way as libero Cardinal Garnett, Christopher Enriquez and Arren Roches helped the Belmopan hitters win the fourth set 25-16. Salazar’s and Watters’ spikes and blocks denied the Wesley boys as the Compre boys won the 5th set: 15-9.
In Game 4, the championship finals, the TCC boys had an equally hard battle for the title, as the San Pedro boys were not about to make it easy. MVP Denver Lino, Trevor Muschamp and Darius Avila led the TCC offensive with spikes on plays set by Tarrel Flores and Evir Aranda and John Lucas served up some aces to win the 1st set 25-13.
San Pedro’s Charles Richards, Kevlin Roddeon and Irvin Chacon spiked through the TCC defense on plays set by Guillermo Rivero and Ramses Ramirez while libero Flavio Montejo and Enrique Marin kept the ball alive to win the 2nd set 27-25.
TCC’s Yserri Palacio and John Godoy helped their squad win the next 2 sets: 25-22 and 25-17 to clinch the championship. The champs, 2nd and 3rd place winners received trophies and individual medals at the closing ceremonies; and TCC’s captain Denver Lino won the Most Valuable Player award. As national champions, the TCC boys will represent Belize for a 4th time at the 16th CODICADER Central American Students’ Games to be held in San Salvador, El Salvador in September 2011.http://www.belizetimes.bz/2010/11/12/tcc-boys-win-2010-nsssa-volleyball-champs/