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For Guam volleyballers, it's gold or bust

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 12:58 PM Updated:

Guam's men's national volleyball team has been Micro Games gold medalist for the last 4 games. Team Guam heads to Yap with a bulls eye on their backs and the team the rest of Micronesia is looking to beat. In 2014 Guam defeated host country Yap in the 3 sets for the gold medal.

Tapia with Team Guam said, "We're not going to settle for anything less. Our path to get gold of course is not easy, workouts, diets and sacrifices with our daily lives. We just have to be hungry."

Tristan Tapia and Derrick Wahl lead this year's team filled with new faces to the games. Coach Mike Rabago says players like Luis Mesngon and Devin Maluwelmeng will be big factors at the outside hitter position. Guam will have to adjust to their normal style of play on island to the competition in Yap.

Tapia added, "You always have to be on your toes and be alert because they like to tip. We are used to fast hitters and high hitters and big blocks and they are smart against that and they tip a lot and so we just have to counter that."

There are currently 4 men on the roster who play at the collegiate level. 6 players return from the 2015 Pacific Games roster where Guam finished 6th, 3 from the last Micro Games. With the veteran leadership keeping the first timers focused on the task at hand Team Guam looks promising at defending their gold medal.

Gary Aromin with Team Guam said, "With half of the traveling team being coming from different schools and different places coming together it really helped us to connect quickly and communicate with each other and just do what we have to do to make sure we are all on the same page and playing to the best of our abilities."

Yap and Palau are the 2 teams Guam will be keeping a close eye on. Word on the street is Palau has been traveling and getting in court time against top competition. Yap has hired a professional coach to help their men's team hold it down on their home turf.

Eric Ada added, "It's an honor to be playing with Guam's flag on my chest and Guam's name on my chest and I think the same can be said with everybody here. We are all homegrown and we want to play to the best of our abilities and represent our island well."

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