Trident women fall to Breakthrough in volleyball playoffs
The Trident Women’s Volleyball League battled Monday night for spots in the championship game. Breakthrough took three of four sets against the University of Guam Tridents club team (25-18, 18-25, 26-24, 25-8) securing their spot in the championship game but bringing the Tridents’ season to an end.
Guam Pro secured the other spot, beating out Guam Community College in three straight sets (25-22, 25-13, 25-13).
The Tridents started the set strong, keeping pace on the scoreboard with notable blocks and kills by Laressa Halladay. But Breakthrough began pulling away halfway through the set to eventually get 25 points to the Tridents’ 18.
The score flipflopped in the second set. The Tridents started strong with two straight aces by Halladay and ended strong with another four aces with Paige Persha for a score of 25-18 in the Tridents’ favor.
Good back-and-forth action in the third set kept the score tight. The Tridents took the lead at 11-10, continuing the momentum with three straight aces by Laura Layan to take their lead to 17-14. But team Breakthrough stayed true to its name, finding weak spots on the Tridents’ court and eventually getting two points ahead to win 26-24.
Breakthrough came out hungry for the win in the fourth set with four unanswered points from the Tridents setting the score at 6-2. Missed returns on the Tridents’ side allowed a steady climb on the scoreboard for Breakthrough, which closed the set 25-8.
The championship game between Guam Pro and Breakthrough takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Calvo Field House. Admission is free.