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ASHSAA Boys Volleyball Update: Stallions give THS a surprising run for the win

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The Tafuna Warriors Boys Varsity Volleyball team remain undefeated and on top in this year’s ASHSAA Boys Volleyball League standings, with the playoffs just around the corner set for October 3. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The Tafuna Warriors Boys Varsity Volleyball Team was able to hold off the Kanana Fou Stallions in three hard fought sets this past Wednesday at the Tafuna High School Gymnasium, making one think, ‘where have these Stallions been all season’?

Despite the Stallions record of being at the bottom of the pack in the Varsity Division, they were able to take the undefeated Warriors to the limit, not only in the Varsity match up but in the Junior Varsity game as well.

In the Junior Varsity game, the Stallions came out strong in the first set surprising the home crowd, but just fell short in defeat as the Warriors took the first set, 22-25. Going into the second set, the Stallions knew they could keep up with the home team and actually had the momentum going into next set.

The Stallions were able to take set number two, 25-21. The last set the Warriors shook off the defeat with their home crowd at their backs cheering for them going into the last. Apparently it worked, as the Warriors walked away with the last set 8-15 to take the match.

In the Varsity match up, it was pretty much the same as it was in Junior Varsity game. The Stallions came pumped up and ready to play and that is exactly what they did. Despite the Stallions loosing the first set 22-25, they knew they could keep up and possibly down the 'seemingly unbeatable' Warriors and that is what they did, even though it was only in the second  set 25-23, tying up the match going into the final set. The Stallions were able to once again take the Warriors to the limit, despite falling short — leaving the Warriors the victors in the match with the final score being 22-25.

In the other game on Wednesday, the East Side team in Red, the Faga'itua Vikings made a long trip to the West Side to take on the Nu'uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats.

In Junior Varsity game, the winless Wildcats was able to pull out their first victory of the year as they downed the Vikings in three sets, 26-24, 13-25 and 15-12. In the Varsity match up, these two teams have battled it out all season for the second best record in the Varsity Division. In the end, the Wildcats came out ahead in three sets, 22-25, 28-26 and 25-16 and are now tied with the Vikings in the overall standings.

With the season getting close to the playoffs, teams are stepping up in their play keeping the league leader Warriors on their toes in the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions.

With the playoffs (October 3) just around the corner, the Varsity Division will be choosing the top four teams. Even though the Samoana Sharks and Stallions have one win apiece at this time they still have a chance to make the top four, but for that to happen, the Vikings, Wildcats and Lions have to have a 'total breakdown' in their play in the rest of the regular season, which most likely will not happen.

In the Junior Varsity Division, it is a battle between the top three teams, Warriors, Sharks and Lions to see who will walk away with this year’s championship title. The JV Champion depends on who has the best record at the end of the regular season which will be October 1.

 Games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with scheduled starting time of 4:30 p.m.

In today's match games, the Samoana Sharks will be traveling to Leone High School to take on the Lions, while the Stallions will be defending their home court against the Wildcats.

Here is the latest standings:

Varsity

TEAM            W            L

Tafuna Warriors            7            0

Faga'itua Vikings            4            3

Nu'uuli Wildcats            4            3

Leone Lions            3            3

Samoana Sharks            1            5

Kanana Fou Stallions            1            6

Junior Varsity

TEAM            W            L

Tafuna Warriors            6            1

Samoana Sharks            5            1

Leone Lions            4            2

Faga'itua Vikings            2            5

Kanana Fou Stallions            2            5

Nu'uuli Wildcats            1            6



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