Mysterymen Make a Close Comeback
Flyin' Hawaiians vs. Mysterymen in the final championship match for the Not-so Volleyball Trailblazer Classic Title
It was one of the most exciting, well-played tournament matches in the ten-year history of not-so volleyball. In the final championship bracket, the veteran Mysterymen, who have competed in every tournament since 2013, emerged victorious with a score of 20-18. They were challenged by The Return of the Flyin' Hawaiians, who made their first tournament appearance in 2018. The young Hawaiians had evidently been practicing their setting and digging strategies with spectacular results. Each volley was returned with purpose and precision, making the Mysterymen work for their title.
Mysterymen team captain Marcus Ervin's mean serves met their match with the Hawaiians' secret weapon, Kerstin Davenport, who delivered as good as she got throughout the match, costing the men of mystery many lost points.
No one hustled like the Hawaiians' Abigail Cristobal Salgado, who ended up eating sand more than once while saving a volley. Along with the Hawaiians' Eddie Marquez, Kendall Davenport, and Alex Hernandez-Martinez, the team worked like a well-oiled machine using a very effective 4-2 offense for most of the game.
In the end, it wasn't enough to win the championship, but everyone is counting on the Hawaiians to make a comeback in 2020. In the meantime, they did take the Best Team Theme trophy back to the Montgomery County Early College office to replace last year's Most Team Spirit trophy.
The Most Team Spirit trophy was awarded to the newcomers, the Net Results, who appeared to have emptied out the NC Works Career Center to help cheer them on.
While the first-year Spike Tysons may not have placed in the tournament, they fought the good fight facing the Mysterymen in the opening game. Forestry is the team to watch next year as they will have another year together to work on strategy.
The Crayola Squad made their first appearance in the tournament this year and had lots of fun figuring out what was going on on the other side of that black plastic! Here's another team to look for in the lineup in the 11th Annual Montgomery Community . . . Spring . . . yada, yada, Tournament!
Here's a link to pictures on MCC's Facebook page.