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Geckos look to win 4th straight title

by Jerome Unpingco

The Notre Dame Royals and the George Washington Geckos took to the court in the 2nd game of the night, one that was both intense and exciting. In the 1st set, the Royals took the early 4pt lead, executing every offensive attack that came their way. The Geckos Desirae Gumataotao, however answered back for her team, as she served 7 straight points, sparking her team back into the set and giving them a 10-6 lead.

The Royals' Mary Gillan and Erica Quichocho both came through with huge kills, as they rallied back after trailing by 6 points, making the tail end of the set intense. With the game tied at 25-25, Gumataotao once again proved vital in the serving position as she led her team along side teammates Veronica Ige and Rosheenanne Rivera to the 27-25 1st set win.

In the 2nd set the Geckos carried on the momentum, steaming to a 5-point lead off several Royal errors and counter attacks. They kept the intensity going as Jyvina Pangelinan and Ige both contributed with big kills, extending their teams lead to 11 points. The Royals tried snapping out of their slump, but found it very difficult to do so, as defensive errors plagued their efforts, giving the Geckos the easy points.

Gillan and Jaime Plagman made great attempts at reviving their team back into the set, but their efforts were short lived, as the Geckos held strong defensively for the 25-18 2nd set win.

The Geckos will now try to complete four straight years of volleyball dominance, when they face the Guam High Panthers in the Championship game slated for this Saturday at the University of Guam field House starting at 7pm.

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