Nov 09, 2014 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
The respective male and female finals of the Third annual Guyana Volleyball
Federation/GUYOIL/Tradewind Tankers International Invitational Volleyball Festival will be contested today at the National Gymnasium following an intense second day yesterday.
Using the FIVB points system which rewards a team with three points for a 3-1 sets win as opposed to two points for a 3-2 win with the loser receiving one point, this year’s competition have seen some thrilling battles to date.
Set to meet in the female final today are the defending champions Yelyco of Suriname and French Guiana, both defeating the Guyana Defence Force. The GDF is a much improved team for last year but they still have some way to go to catch up and overtake their rivals.
Yesterday, the GDF girls took the first set against French Guyana 25-23 but lost their way thereafter as they gave up the next three, 15-25, 12-25, 17-25 succumbing to the pressure of the French.
On Friday night, the Guyanese females also lost to Yelyco in straight sets, 22-25, 20-25, 15-25, the scores speaking for itself in terms of the improvement of the GDF side.
In men’s play, Achievers got their campaign off to a good start despite being stretched to five sets by the French in the opening game on Friday night. The final game on Friday night saw Port Mourant Training Centre going down in straight sets to Yelyco 21-25, 17-25, 17-25.
Achievers seems set to face Yelyco in the men’s final following yesterday’s play. The French who had lost to Achievers also lost to Yelyco in straight sets 19-25, 23-25, 22-25. Achievers won the battle of the local sides, trouncing Port Mourant Training Centre three sets to one.
Achievers prevailed 25-17, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23. Up to press time last evening, Yelyco and French Guiana females were facing off, a dress rehearsal for today’s final. Action will get underway at 11:00hrs today with the female final.
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