By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Unstoppables needed a three set 25-27, 25-11 and 15-8 victory over Lethal Arabians on Sunday night, in the conclusion of the HLSCC Stingrays Spring Volleyball Tournament, when they grabbed the title in the Jeffrey Caines Arena on Virgin Gorda.
Unstoppables swept Lethal Arabians, 25-1 and 25, 22 in their first matchup, after Elite Arabians opened the tournament with a 25-18, 25-16win over Ballers.Elite Arabians turned away the HLSCC Stingrays, 25-13 and 25-20 in the first game.
Lethal Arabians then needed three sets to overcome stubborn Ballers, 25-18, 18-25 and 15-11, before taking down HLSCC Stingrays, 25-20 and 25-16. Elite Arabians could not stop Unstoppables and fell, 25-10 and 25-19, while Unstoppables stopped the Stingrays, 25-16 and 25-7, then beat them again, 25-9 and 25-14.
Meanwhile, Lethal Arabians won the Arabians battle, taking down Elite Arabians, 13-25, 25-20 and 15-11. HLSCC Stingrays ended the tournament with a thrilling 23-25, 25-14 and 16-14 win over Ballers.
I thought we had an excellent tournament over Virgin Gorda. We were well received. The community enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed them,” HLSCC Student Life Director Debbie Hodge said. “The students had an awesome experience. The students had fun, played our best, gave it our all and are now really looking forward to spending time on Virgin Gorda with more activities in the near future.”
Hodge said she has seen improvement in the Stingrays between the Tortola and Virgin Gorda tournaments. She noted that they were ‘all over the place’ on Tortola, no one called for the ball, everyone was hitting anytime, anywhere and just trying to ensure they got the ball over the net.
“On Virgin Gorda I think they were a bit more settled, everyone felt comfortable, the crowd interaction was meaningful for them that they settled down a bit and the Virgin Gorda teams also offered assistance,” she noted. “They called for the ball, moved more aggressively, you couldn’t miss the difference between Virgin Gorda vs Tortola.”
Middle blocker Kristin Abraham said they improved in communicating—even though there’s a way to go—skills have improved, they’re less timid in trying to approach the ball and they’re being more aggressive.
In their first victory that went to three sets she said that she couldn’t believe it. Her throat was sore and she felt jubilant. “I was happy to share this moment with my team as well as the cheerleaders and our coaches,” she said. “That was a beautiful experience and I hope we have many more in the future.”
Like Abraham, fellow middle blocker Anna Gordon noted the team’s improvement and described the victory as ‘awesome just seeing everyone happy.’ “We all worked very hard securing that win,” she noted. “It was amazing.”
Setter Trevancia “Lil Bit” Lettsome, said the victory created ‘extreme excitement’ for everybody. “We were all over the place, we were up on each other, it was just crazy,” she noted.
Team Captain Jayden Nelson said he was happy for the team’s victory. “We helped each other with the plays and we were there for each other,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot—like having confidence in ourselves—while some of us were nervous, we pushed harder and never gave up.”