During the weekend of November 16-19, the Lady Eagles of Agape Christian School defeated all their opponents in the Volleyball National Championships held in Freeport at the St Georges Gymnasium. They beat CV Bethel two games to one in the championship finals.
Seven schools played against each other in round robin elimination. Games were best-of-three.
In the preliminary round the Eagles played St Georges Jaguars, one of the best team in Grand Bahama, and won two games to one. They then tied one to one with CV Bethel from Nassau.
The next opponent was the Lucaya International Buccaneers, also a Grand Bahama team that the Eagles beat two to nil in the play-off .
But they nearly lost the victory in the semi-final to CI Gibson, in a game which according to Coach Stephan Johnson was the best of the tournament. After a tie in the first two games, they went from losing 10-3 in the third game to come back with a win of 15 to 12, ultimately beating CI Gibson two games to one, which left the Eagles to face CV Bethel in the championship finals.
They won the first game 28-26; lost the second one 23 to 25 and won the last game 15-10.
The Eagles’ performance was achieved thanks to the defense of Deanna McDonald, voted the MVP of the tournament, and to the success at the net of setter Raquel Albury.
Celebration after the victory was sweet as the whole team jumped of joy, cartwheeled and hugged.
As Coach Johnson recalled the work of his Eagles, Stephan Johnson said that the Eagles won twenty six games in the last three years, a feat that gave them national recognition.
“They made history,” he proudly added, “as the first small private school’s team of this caliber from a Family Island.”
The winners did not receive their medals immediately as they might be handed out by Governor General Lady Pindling in a subsequent ceremony.
The Patrick J Bethel Marlins placed fourth in the National Championship.
Not resting on their laurels, the Eagles started the basketball season on November 21 with games on Monday, Tuesday and Friday to carry-on for a week before the Christmas Holidays.
The Timothy Bullard’s Basketball Tournament will be held at Grace Gymnasium on December 13-14 and 15. Coach Johnson will travel with his senior boys to Nassau on December 27 to play in the New Providence Basketball Christmas Classic.