Titans defend the title, cement spot in Guam’s volleyball archives

Members of the Tiyan Titans’ boys volleyball team celebrate with fellow students and other supporters after winning the the 2022 ISA Boys Volleyball championship in straight sets played against the George Washington Geckos, at the Tiyan High School gym in Barrigada on May 26, 2022. Rick Cruz/PDN

The Titans won in straight collections, just as they had in the playoffs, as well as equally as they had in each video game of a double-round-robin routine period, suggesting they never ever went down a set this season. That’s 42 straight sets covering 12 games in the regular season, one semifinal and one national championship.

Going down a set along the way would have verified just how difficult it was to maintain and also most importantly, maintain his mentoring approach: Emphasis on principles and play the game in the moment, as ideal you can. Losing focus suggests losing points, as well as losing enough points ultimately sets you back a set or a suit, or also a period.

In a video game of fortunate bounces as well as touches, adrenaline swings and momentum changes, immediate charges for unforced errors and absolutely nothing ensured, the Titans instead stood their ground. The Okkodo High School Bulldogs provided a run but dropped short, and the Geckos did the very same in the normal period.

Pama might securely talk about the streak without jinxing it, complying with the Titans’ professional dismantling of the powerful Gecko offense. He claimed he when coached an intermediate school team that additionally really did not drop a set, however, for an affordable high school period, he went to a loss for words on what the team has actually done.

” It’s an accomplishment, without a doubt,” he claimed. “It is impressive what they accomplished.”

Tiyan Titans’ Gerald Malana (25) goes up for the killshot to end the set that clinched the team’s victory in winning the 2022 ISA Boys Volleyball title during the championship game against the George Washington Geckos at the Barrigada campus on May 26, 2022. Rick Cruz/PDN

Making history

To do what the Titans have done is an accomplishment so rare, so hard, that no one in Guam’s current volley ball neighborhood of players, coaches as well as authorities can keep in mind a senior high school team ever before winning every embed in a season.

There have been several unbeaten groups throughout the years, but nobody appears to keep in mind a perfect period. You ‘d have to rewind back to 1985 to get close. That year, the GW Geckos, led by senior citizens Ronald Jackson, John Lizama, Ray Manibusan and also Jesse Bamba, had an almost-perfect period.

Both Bamba and Jackson plainly remember opening up the Interscholastic Beach ball League dipping into residence against the Inarajan Eagles, a game day before the pupil body. Bamba stated they fidgeted playing before classmates. Jackson claimed that they went down the first collection.

“But we did come back and eliminate them in collections 2 and also 3,” stated Jackson.

Dropping an established along the method would have validated how tough it was to keep as well as most significantly, sustain his training approach: Emphasis on principles as well as play the video game in the moment, as best you can. Losing emphasis suggests losing factors, and losing sufficient factors at some point costs a collection or a match, or even a season.

The Okkodo High Institution Bulldogs offered a run but dropped short, and also the Geckos did the very same in the normal season. There have been numerous undefeated groups over the years, however no one appears to bear in mind a best season.

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