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Feger posted on Feb 07, 2007 at 09:17AM
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Dublon Chiefs outwit Black Magic in rocball

By Roselyn B. Monroyo
Variety News Staff

THE Dublon Chiefs entered the win column in the second round of the World Organized Rocball Community League yesterday at the Marianas High School Gym. The Dublon Chiefs swept all four sets of their match against Black Magic for a 64-31 juiced-out victory.

With the win, the Dublon Chiefs improved to a 1-1 record. They lost their debut match against Watch & Learn last week. Black Magic won its first game against Kich Fairo, 61-43, before bowing to the Dublon Chiefs.

The Dublon Chiefs were off to a rousing start winning the first set by 14, 16-2.Black Magic gave the Dublon Chiefs a good fight in the second set, but the latter stood its ground and hung on to a 15-13 triumph.

The Dublon Chiefs made it three in a row with a 16-6 victory in the third set. With the Dublon Chiefs sweeping the first three sets of the game, Black Magic had to win the fourth set to extend the match in overtime.But that scenario failed to materialize, as the Dublon Chiefs ended the game with a 16-10 win in the fouth set.

JR Rudolph topscored for the Dublon Chiefs with seven points on two xunxs and a goal.

Four goals were scored in the game with the Dublon Chiefs’ Ichnis Kapwich and Orig Toan and Black Magic’s Elly Apilis drilling one apiece.

With Black Magic’s loss, only the Mwaliyas and Watch & Learn are undefeated in the second round with 2-0 records. Da Lani Kynez has a 1-1 record, while Kich Fairo holds a 0-2 slate.

All six teams will play five games each in the second round with the top four squads advancing to the semifinals, which will have a best-of-three games format.

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over a year ago Feger said…
Rocball regular season kicks off

The islands' indigenous sport of Rocball returned last Saturday with the first eight regular season games booked for 2007 at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

In the first game, Team By Luck defeated the Chukese Warriors by juicing out in four sets, 68-34. Melvin Yamat of By Luck was the game's heavy hitter with four aces, two kees, and a xunk for 14 points.

No-Use then dropped the DOTA All-Stars in four sets, 65-12, in the second game. However, Mark Reyes of the DOTA All-Stars was the game's heavy hitter with five aces, two kees, and a goal for 17 points.

In the day's third game, Team Malat was able to lay back and cruise into the winners' bracket as the Sonics failed to show up for their match and lost by forfeit.

The fourth game then saw Team Seven and the Jammers pound out a hard four sets of play where neither team was able to juice out and forced an o-kon showdown.

At the end of the regular four sets of play, the Jammers had the points, 46-43, but they lost the closing set, 18-15. Rocball rules state that in order for a team to juice out, it must have scored more game points than its opponents and win the fourth set.

According to Rocball creator James Feger, a team cannot win a game in a losing set and a team cannot win a game with less game points than its opponents' if it wins the fourth set. In o-kon/overtime the team with the most game points needs to win one set and the team with the less game points needs to win two o-kon. O-kon is won by 10 points, service team closure, or a goal; whichever comes first.

The Jammers won the game in first o-kon by a close 10-9 score. Ben Lisua of Team Seven was the game's heavy hitter with four aces, a xunk, and a goal for 13 points.

The NG Force also forced the game into overtime in the fifth game of the day by winning the fourth set from the Naturals, 16-8. What made it special was it was the only set of the regular game that they won.

At the end of the quarter/set system of play, the Naturals swamped the NG Force 63-36, but failed to close out the game in a winning set. Not to be denied the victory, the Naturals overcame their weak ending of the fourth set of regular play by winning the game in first o-kon, 10-4.

Evenflow and team Try-Out battled back and forth winning two sets each in the sixth game of the Rocball marathon. In the first set, it was Evenflow 17-10. In the second set, it was Try-Out 16-13, In the third set, it was Try-Out again 15-14, but in the final set of regular play, Evenflow powered their way to a 15-5 fourth-set victory that gave them the game with a juice out win 59-46.

The heavy hitter for this game was John Nekaifes of Evenflow with two aces and four kees for 12 points.

In the day's seventh match between Monota and Team 691, the competition didn't end until the second o-kon off a goal from Ray Amandos of Monota.

In this game, Team 691 won the first and second sets, 16-10 and 15-8. In the third and fourth sets, Monota won 16-9 and 16-13. Monota didn't score enough game points to juice out in the fourth set and the game went in to overtime.

According to Feger, Team 691 had the advantage because they only needed to win one o-kon to win the game. But Monota skunked Team 691 in first o-Kon, 11-0. Team 691 bounced back in the second and last overtime set and was leading 6-5 when Ray slammed in a goal that ending the game and sealed Monota in the winners' bracket for next Saturday.

In the last game of the day, teams made up of veteran and new Rocball players lead by Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy and Val Taisacan of the Islanders played a hard-hitting, four-set game.

No Mercy won the first set, 21-18, but the Islanders bounced back and won the second set, 18-14. In the third set, No-Mercy had the momentum and pounded the Islanders, 15-7. In the fourth and final set of regular play, the Islanders knocked out an 18-12 win.

At the end of regular play, it was No-Mercy, 73, and Islanders, 61. But it was the Islander's fourth set win that prevented No-Mercy from juicing-out.

In the first set o-kon there was no mercy in No-Mercy as they skunked the Islanders 11-0 for the last win of the night.

Laniyo finished as the game's heavy hitter with two aces, five kees, and a goal for 17 points. But all teams should beware of the hard-hitting goal scoring method of Jerry Saures of the Islanders. Saures' power coming off the backcourt is something other players will have to try and contain, noted Feger. (Rocball)

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over a year ago Feger said…
Locals Boys scalp Chuukese Warriors, 10-7


By Mark Rabago
Assistant Editor
Local Boys outlasted the Chuukese Warriors, 10-7, in the first overtime of last Saturday's resumption of the World Organized Rocball Community League at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

The game was one of eight matches that featured 16 of the league's teams that were played over the weekend.

Locals Boys cruised to 16-1 and 15-8 victories in the first two sets before the Warriors bounced right back with victories in the third and fourth sets, 17-9 and 15-14.

The final score was 54-41 in favor of the Local Boys, but because the Warriors won the fourth set and stopped the Local Boys from juicing out, both teams were forced into overtime, which Local Boys eventually took advantage of.

Chuukese Warriors' Jeremy Rabay was the game's heavy hitter with five aces and one kee for 12 points.

No-Use beats Ng Force (OT)

No-Use leaned on a Sivas Awes goal in first overtime to beat No-Use in the second game of Saturday's Rocball marathon.

No-Use won the first three sets, 15-9, 16-12, and 17-8. But No-Use wasn't able to juice out, losing in the fourth set to Ng Force. Awes finished as the game's heavy hitter with a xunk, two kees, and a goal for a total of nine points.

Evenflow beats Monota

Evenflow avoided an overtime game in Saturday's third match by knocking out Monota in all four sets, 16-5, 15-9, 17-14, and played its strongest in the fourth set by crushing Monota 15-2 to juice out for the win.

The heavy hitter for the game was John Nekaifes of Evenflow with four aces and two kees for 12 points.

Naturals beat Malat (2OT)

Naturals and Malat had to bang out two overtime sets before the former won the game. Malat won the first two sets, 17-11 and 17-7. But Naturals came back in the third and fourth sets, returning the favor, 15-13 and 17-8

Even though Naturals won the fourth set, they came up short on game points. At the end of four sets of play, Malat had 55 points as against Naturals' 50 points.

With momentum on their side, Naturals beat down on Malat in first overtime, 10-3, and repeated their performance in the second OT, 10-3, to come away with the victory.

The game's heavy hitter was Jordon Marciano of Malat with five aces for 10 points.

DOTA All-Stars beat Sonics (OT)

A couple of teams made up of basketball players looking for a different kind of net sport saw action in the fifth game with DOTA All-Stars defeating the Sonics in overtime.

The DOTA All-Stars outscored the Sonics in the first two sets, 18-14 and 17-6. In the third set, DOTA All-Stars skunked the Sonics, 17-0. However, in the fourth set the Sonics pulled together and stopped DOTA All-Stars, 16-14, and prevented their tormentors from juicing out.

In the first overtime set, DOTA All-Stars seemed to regain their balance and dumped the Sonics 11-6 to win the game.

The heavy hitter of the game was Mark Reyes of DOTA All-Stars with four aces, two kees, and a goal for 15 points.

Islanders beat Seven

The Islanders juiced out Seven in four sets, 63-50, in Saturday's sixth game. The Islanders lost the first set, 16-14, but came back in the last three sets, 16-10, 16-11, and 17-13 to take the win.

At the completion of the regular four sets of play, the Islanders scored 63 points and won the fourth set to juice out.

The heavy hitter of the game was Jerry Saures of the Islanders with six aces and a kee for 14 points.

Try-Outs beat Team 691

Try-Outs juiced out to beat Team 691 in four sets, 63-21. Try-Outs won all sets, 15-2, 16-7, 16-0, and 16-12.

Try-Outs played a five-man team until their female player Mika Okuba entered the game late in the fourth set.

This was Okuba's first game and she started out at left of the goalie, played the goalie, and successfully blocked a ball from scoring. On the first serve of her first Rocball game, she scored an ace and closed out the game with a score for Try-Outs.

The heavy hitter of the game was Jazz Roskow of Try-Outs with two aces and five kees for 14 points.

No Mercy beats by Luck (OT)

No-Mercy defeated BY Luck in the first overtime to win the final game of the night.

No-Mercy was true to its name in the first three sets, annihilating By Luck, 16-10, 17-11, and 17-5.

Then the bottom inexplicably dropped out from under No-Mercy as By Luck skunked them in the fourth set, 16-0.

By winning the fourth set, By Luck forced the game into overtime. But the advantage was with No-Mercy as they only needed to win one OT set because they had the most points after four sets of play, 49-42.

By Luck needed to prevail in two OTs to win the game. No-Mercy regrouped and won the game in the first OT, 10-2, to finally wrap up the win. The heavy hitter of this game was Shane Yamada of No-Mercy with four aces, two kees, and a goal for 15 points.

Saturday's 6pm game between the Jammers and WCW has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:30pm at the MHS Gym.

The WCW and Jammers will be the last two teams to compete and complete Round 2 of this year's Rocball season
over a year ago Feger said…
4 teams say sayonara

By Mark Rabago
Assistant Editor / Saipan Tribune

Four teams were eliminated as the 2007 World Organized Rocball Community League ended its third round last Saturday at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

Chuukese Warriors, NG Force, Team 691, and last year's defending champions Watch & Learn all didn't make the first cut of the season.

The first 10 teams to lose three games or default in competition by not showing up for their scheduled matches twice will be eliminated from this year's run for the title of Rocball's world champions, according to the sport's creator James Feger.

Team Seven beats Malat (2OT)

Team Seven defeated Malat in the second set overtime to win the first game of last Saturday's Rocball marathon at the MHS Gym.

Ryan Lisua of Malat was the game's heavy hitter with five aces, two xunks, two kees, and a goal for 21 points.

The game was forced into two overtime sets when Team Seven stopped Malat from juicing out in the fourth set. Team Seven lost the first three sets, won the fourth set, but were trailing in game points, 40-56, and needed to win both overtime sets to come from behind and upset Malat.

No-Use beats Naturals

No-Use had no need for any overtime sets in their juice-out victory over the Naturals in the second game.

No-Use came out strong in the first set, 16-4, but struggled in the second set to edge out a 19-18 win. In the third set, No-Use spiked their way to an easy 16-4 romp, but had trouble putting the game away in the fourth set.

The Naturals fought hard to force the game into overtime, but came short and lost to a juice-out fourth set, 15-18.

Sonics beat Chukese Warriors

Coming off a basketball game an hour before their Rocball match, Sonics juiced out in four sets against the Chuukese Warriors, 67-39.

The game was a difference between teamwork and individual effort. The game's heavy hitter was Jeremy Rabay of the Chuukese Warriors with five aces and four kees for 18 points.

Try-Out beats Monota

In the game between Try-Outs and Monota, the former chose not to give the latter any breaks and proceeded to double up their opponents in a juice-out 69-31 victory. There was a tie for the game's heavy hitter as Try-Outs' Larry Sharry scored three aces, a kee, and a goal for 11 points to mirror teammate Tito Wilfred's effort of four aces and one a goal, also good for 11 points.

Islanders beat NG Force (OT)

The Islanders and NG Force bombed and banged their way through four sets, 17-5, 16-15, 15-12, and 16-14 for a game score of 58-52. But NG Force won the fourth set 16-14 to stop the Islanders from juicing-out and sought to defeat their opponents in overtime.

Ending the fourth set with 52 points, the NG Force needed to win two overtime sets to win the game. The Islanders lost the fourth set but outscored their opponents with 58 points, and only needed to win one overtime set.

Val Taisacan finished the game with a goal in first overtime to hand the victory to the Islanders. He also was the game's heavy hitter with three aces, five kees, and the game-winning goal for 19 points.

Evenflow beats Team

In the final game of the evening, Evenflow and Team 691 battled it out through four sets of competition in a juice-out game.

Evenflow won the first set 15-10 and Team 691 won the second set 16-11. After two sets of play, Team 691 had caught up and tied the game 26-26.

In the third set, Evenflow took the lead and barely contained Team 691 before ending the set, 16-13.

In the final set of play, Evenflow avoided the risk of going into overtime by getting the lead and holding Team 691 to a 16-6 win and juiced-out a hard-fought win.

The heavy hitters of the game were the team captains. John Nekaifes of Evenflow scored three aces and two kees for 10 points and Dean Mathew scored two aces and two goals for 10 points.
over a year ago Feger said…
Three more teams Knocked-Out

By Mark Rabago
Assistant Editor / Saipan Tribune

Sonics, Monota, and Team Seven were eliminated as the 2007 World Organized Rocball Community League ended its fourth round last Saturday at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

According to Rocball creator James Feger, this year's community Rocball season is now down to 11 teams out of the original 18.

He added that last week's game between By-Luck and the Jammers had been rescheduled to a weeknight. If By Luck loses to the Jammers, one more team will be eliminated. If the Jammers lose, both teams will head into this coming weekend's games with two losses each.

Naturals beat Seven

In the opening game, Naturals juiced-out in four sets to beat Team Seven, 55-50. Team Seven actually started off strong by taking the first and second sets, 16-9 and 15-14.

But Naturals caught fire in the preceding sets, thumping Team Seven 17-10 in the third and 15-9 in the fourth.

The Naturals scored enough points to overcome Team Seven's two-set lead plus the needed points to juice-out.

The heavy hitters of the game were Typhoon Saito and Yumi Sharry of Naturals and Ben Lisua and Richard Igisomar of Team Seven who had eight points each. Between these four players, there were four aces and 12 backcourt kees for 32 game points.

Malat beats Monota

Malat learned from last week's mistakes wherein they scored the most points but eventually lost to Team Seven in double overtime when they juiced-out Monota, 65-38, in four sets.

Malat won all four sets of regular play in their game against the Monota, 16-12, 16-10, 17-9, and 16-7 for the juice-out victory.

The heavy hitter of the game was Ryan Lisua of Malat with three aces and two kees for 10 points.

Local Boys beat Sonics

Local Boys didn't take any chances and juiced-out for a 56-42 victory over the Sonics.

The Local Boys jumped to an early lead against the Sonics by easily winning the first two sets.

The team, however, was a bit overconfident in the third and suffered a 15-7 reversal. In the fourth and final set, Local Boys had a hard time scoring off their serve as the Sonics put up a good fight before losing, 17-13.

The heavy hitters of the game were the captains for each team-Kevin Yamada of the Local Boys and Jon Lim of the Sonics-who scored two aces and two kees, good for 10 game points apiece.

No-Use beats Try-Outs

In the match between veteran Rocball players and good volleyball players, No-Use took full advantage of their experience to beat a still-adjusting Try-Outs team in a juice-out 62-36 win.

Feger said No-Use is made up of players who have been playing Rocball for years, while the players of Try-Outs are volleyball players just recently making the switch.

Try-Outs players are still adapting to penalty serves, two point aces, two-point backcourt scoring, and being conscious of the vertical court areas (goals), which extend the playing court to include three-point scores.

No-Use scored six aces, eight kees, and three goals against Try-Outs. Try-Outs scored three aces, three kees, and made three service errors. Team No-Use played smart as they knew fully well they were up against a team of good players still adapting to the nuances between Rocball and rally point scoring, said Feger

The heavy hitter of the game was Ichnis Kapwich of No Use with an ace, two kees, and one of the three goals No-Use scored against the Try-Outs for nine points.

Evenflow beats Islanders (2OT)

The match between Evenflow and Islanders was the hardest and closest game of the day. The Islanders scorched Evenflow in the first set, 17-3. Although down but not discouraged, Evenflow evened the set count with a 16-4 dumping of the Islanders in the second.

After two sets of play, the game score was Islanders leading Evenflow, 21-19. The Islanders regrouped in the third set and outlasted a nervous Evenflow team, 17-11.

In the third set both teams ran into a series of bad serves that cost them set points. The Islanders lost points at service twice but were able to pull out of the slump. Evenflow wasn't as lucky. They fell into a service slump and weren't able to pull out of it in enough time to stop the Islanders from winning the third set.

In the fourth set, Evenflow showed its resilience.

Evenflow was trailing the Islanders by eight points after the third, but almost won enough points in the fourth set to overcome their deficit and juiced-out. Evenflow won the fourth set, 16-9, and came up two points short of juicing-out, 46-47.

Evenflow won the fourth set with the least amount of game points and the Islander lost the fourth set with the most amount of game points. In order for a Rocball game to be won in the four sets, a team must win the fourth set with more game points than its opponent. Neither the Islanders nor Evenflow was able to end the game in four sets.

In overtime, o-kon in Rocball jargon, the team with the most game points scored after four sets but didn't juice out needs to win one o-kon set to win the game. The team that won the fourth set but scored the least amount of game points, needs to win two o-kons. O-kons or a goal, whichever is scored first, ends the set.

Last week, the Islanders were in a similar situation and team captain Val Taisacan came up with the big play in the first set and scored a goal in the early part of that game's first o-kon. But this week, Evenflow put up a good defense at the goal and took command of the game by winning both o-kons, 12-4 and 11-4, to improve its record to 4-0.

No-Mercy beats Jammers

In the last game on Saturday night, No-Mercy took control early in the game and used heavy hits to improve to 4-0.

No-Mercy racked up 13 aces, 11 kees, and a goal against a struggling Jammers team that seemed a little out of practice after coming off two earlier easy wins. Jammers, made up of a combination of solid veteran and newcomers to Rocball, never seemed to get their balance. No-Mercy held the Jammers to six heavy hits off of three aces and three kees.

Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy was the game's heavy hitter with three aces and five kees for 16 points
over a year ago Feger said…
Rocball takes two-week break

After five weekends of heavy competition, the original 18-team Rocball league is now down to eight teams. The last three teams to make the final cut were the Islanders, Try-Out, and Malat.

The three join early entrants Evenflow, Local Boys, Naturals, No-Mercy, and No-Use to next phase of competition.

The final eight teams will begin their quest for Rocball's world title of Saipan's own Sport on Nov. 24.

The eight teams that made the final cut will play a round-robin system of elimination to determine the four semi finalist.

Rocball creator James Feger said the two-week break will allow each team opportunity to self evaluate. During the two-week rest period, teams may reorganize and recruit players to complete an eight-person roster, drop old players, and recruit new players, or trade players.

When the round-robin system begins, the quarter/set play will increase to 18 points. Rocball games will continue to be held in the Marianas High School gym on Saturdays between 3pm and 8pm. Any team that forfeits one game will be knocked out of the league. A team must field four players for a game within 15 minutes of their scheduled Rocball game, and if a team plays co-ed, they are allowed six players on court.

In January, the Top 4 teams will play a best two out of three semifinal series of 21-point quarter/sets. The two top teams will play the best three out of five of 25-point quarter/sets.

And for those who are wondering what Rocball is, it is a game derivative of volleyball with its roots of play founded in an Aztec warrior' s game. It is the first team net sport of its kind to develop and implement a scoring system where either team can score points off the serve or during volley.

It is the sport that scared the Federation International de Volleyball out of the side-out system of play to their anemic rally-point system, said Feger. (Rocball)
over a year ago Feger said…
WHAT THE SPORT NEEDS IS WHAT "TIGER WOODS" DID FOR GOLF. AND, IF THE RALLYPOINT SCORING SCYSTEM CAN'T PROVIDE A PLAYER WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THIS KIND OF SPORT UP FRONT, THEN IT'S TIME TO MAKE SOME MORE CHANGES.

Four added to the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Players list

DENVER (May 27, 2005) – For the first time in three years, the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Players list added new members as legends Bob Ctvrtlik, Lori Endicott, Caren Kemner and Pat Powers were announced as the 2005 recipients of the award Thursday night.

The announcement was made at the organization’s 60th Annual Dorothy C. Boyce Annual Awards and Recognitions Banquet, presented by Molten and co-sponsored by Mizuno at the Adams Mark Hotel.

The All-Time Great Volleyball Player recognition awards are named after two Hall of Fame inductees. The women’s award is named in honor of the late Flo Hyman, the star player on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that did not compete due to the boycott and the silver-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. The men’s award is named in honor of the late Tom Haine, a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team and captain of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team.

Ctvrtlik, the only one of the four honorees able to attend the banquet, is a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist. Heralded by many as one of the best serve-receivers to have played the sport of volleyball, Ctvrtlik competed in numerous international competitions for the United States, including the 1988 Olympic Games where the U.S. won the gold medal; the 1992 Olympic Games where the U.S. brought home the bronze medal; and the 1996 Olympic Games when he captained Team USA. Named “Outstanding Defensive Player” at the 1986 World Championships and “Outstanding Passer” at the 1988 Olympic Games, Ctvrtlik was captain of the USA volleyball team from 1994-to-1996 and was named USA Volleyball’s “Player of the Year” in 1994. In 1995 the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) elected him “Best Player in the World” and he was the only American selected to FIVB’s “1995 Men’s World Centennial Gala All-Star Team.” Ctvrtlik was a collegiate "Player of the Year" and national champion at Pepperdine University in 1985.

Endicott began a stellar eight-year National Team career in 1989 after a record-setting career at the University of Nebraska, and it wasn’t long before she began to make a name for herself on the international level. Endicott, a two-time Olympian, was named the “Best Setter” at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona after she guided the Americans to a bronze medal. In 1990 she rebounded from hand surgery the year before, guided Team USA to the bronze medal at the 1990 World Championships in China and was honored with tournament's Fair Play Award. She was also recognized as the “Best Setter” at the 1992 FIVB Super Four, the 1993 World Championship Qualification Tournament in Ankara, Turkey, the 1991 NORCECA Zone Championship, the 1990 World Challenge Cup in Spain and the FIVB Super Four tournament in Japan.

Kemner is a three-time Olympian and a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist. She joined the National Team in 1985 after two short but successful years as a player at the University of Arizona and made an immediate impact on the program. Kemner was a six-time recipient of United States Olympic Committee Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year Award (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1992) and a five-time winner of the USA Team Most Valuable Player award. She was selected to the All-Spectacular Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona after leading the Americans to the bronze medal with a team-high 127 kills and seven aces. Kemner was tabbed as the 1991 FIVB Most Valuable Player and as the Most Outstanding Player at the 1991 World Cup. She was nominated for the 1990 and 1991 Sullivan Award, presented annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the country.

The 6-foot-5 Powers is regarded as one of the greatest players in international volleyball history in both the indoor game and the beach game. He was a member of the USA Men’s National Team for nine years (1978-86), starting at opposite hitter on a squad that won America’s first-ever volleyball “Triple Crown”: the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 World Championships. He also spent 15 years (1982-96) playing on the Association of Volleyball Professionals beach tour, winning 13 tourneys and more than $500,000 to rank in the career top 30 in both categories. Powers was voted the AVP’s “Best Blocker” and “Best Spiker” in 1988 and ranked third on the money list in 1992. He won the 1988 World Beach Championships, making him one of just three players to win an indoor and outdoor world championship. Powers was a two-time national champion and All-American at USC.
over a year ago Feger said…
Rocball tops Basketball: Before the three pointer in basketball, Rocball put 3 pointers in team net sports.

The first of the four parts of the Rocball season is completed. There were 37 games played by 18 teams in the elimination quarter of the season to determine the 8 teams scheduled for a round robin set of games. Of the 37 games of play, 10 teams were eliminated, there were 356 aces scored, 67 xunks, 4 jams, 289 kees, and 63 goals scored in addition to court point scoring.

Of each heavy hitter category, the individual leaders were Typhoon Saito of the naturals scored 11 aces, Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy scored 5 xunks, Eugene Solomon of Evenflow, Cosmos Cosmos of the Jammers, Mariano Lisua of Malat, and Tedson Louis of the NG Force scored 1 jam each, Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy scored 15 aces, and Jeremy Rabay of the Chuukese Warriors and Jerry Saures of the Islanders each scored 3 goals.

But, as of yet, no one player has scored in all five heavy hitting categories and earned the “Master Blaster” title of Rocball. And, statistics are not being kept on team’s point runs, kills, blocks, digs, service receptions, 1 point volleyball type court scores, assists, or hitting percentages that scored points. In order to set up a system to monitor and record all the different skills and possible scenarios that make-up a game, it would take a few more table officials.

To read more about the statistics of volleyball and how a news release should be wriiten, read USA Volleyball, Publication of Volleyball by bill.kaufman@usav.org. Mr. Kaufman is the Manager, Media Relations. When you add the Rocball scoring system on top of the volleyball type of stats to record, there are more aspects of the game to be aware of than there is in basketball

The top five heavy hitting scores by a player for a team are Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy with 39 points, Ryan Lisua of Malat with 37 points, Jerry Saures of the Islanders with 37 points, Manual Ajoste of the Sonics with 37 points, John Nekaifes of Evenflow with 36 points, Typhoon Saito of the Naturals with 35 points, and Ben Lisua of Seven with 33 points.

On November 24th, the final eight teams will start making a run for one of the four spots to the semi- finals. Rocballs games will be played from 5 pm to 9 pm at the MHS Gym as a part of the Drug and Violent Free Safe haven Program at the MHS Gym. And, for the eight team Round Robin competition, teams will be playing an 18 point quarter/set game.

over a year ago Feger said…

GAME OF THE WEEK

In the game of the week, the third undefeated team of this year, Evenflow, was challenged to the limit. The Try-Outs, a skilled team of volleyball players, played hard at the front positions and recorded 10 kills from the right and left net. They successfully blocked 6 shots from Evenflow, made five saves from off court, and 2 digs on court. And, they scored a team total of 10 aces, 9 kees, and 1 goal in heavy hitting.

The Try-Outs won the first two sets 19 to 17 and 19 to 16. But, the Try-Outs shanked the first serves of possession 10 times, and lost 10 points for those bad serves in the first four sets of regular game. They haven’t yet made the transition from rallypoint volleyball to Rocball’s modified side-out system of play. And, the shank serves hurt them the most in the fourth set when they were at game point and almost scored a juice-out win twice.

Team Evenflow, the third team to come out of the elimination round of games undefeated, does not crack under pressure. They won the third set of the game 20 to 19 and held off the Try-Outs in the fourth set to force overtime play. At one time in the fourth set, Evenflow had the Try-Outs down 16 to 7. Evenflow was two points away from juicing out. Evenflow needed a four point margin in the fourth set to make up the games points needed for them to juice-out.

The Try-Outs clawed out of their 4th quarter slump and scored 7 points on a run and put the score at 16 to 14 before they lost the serve. Evenflow scored and put them at game point 17 to 14. The Try-Outs scored off Evenflow and closed in 17 to 15. Evenflow seemed a little stunned and Try-Out scored twice again and tied the score at 17 to 17.

At this point, Try-Out was playing for game point, and Evenflow was playing for set point and a chance to force the game into overtime. And, then Try-Out choked up and shanked their serves from 17 to 16 twice, winning a points to tie the game, put them at game point twice, and losing game point advantage twice.
Evenflow got the serve off Try-Outs after the second shank at 17 to 16, capitalized on the Try-Outs errors, and scored off the serve to win the set and force the game into overtime.

At the end of four sets of play, the Try-Outs had outscored Evenflow 73 to 71 but failed to juice-out. In order to win a game in the quarter/set system, a team must win the fourth set and have more game points scored than their opponents. A team cannot juice out in a losing set with the most game points scored, and a team cannot juice-out by winning the fourth set with a losing score.

In overtime, the Try-Outs had the advantage. Because they had the most game points scored after four sets of play, the Try-Outs only had to win one overtime set of ten points or a goal. Evenflow needed to needed stop the Try-Outs from winning the first overtime set and force the game to a do-or-die situation.

Evenflow was able to just squeeze out a difficult first overtime set win 11 to 10. The game came to the final set for these two teams, and after an hour and ten minutes from their first competitive serve, Evenflow started out in the final set in a blaze of serves with three consecutive 2 points aces. But, the game came to a sudden halt, when Eugene Solomon of Evenflow, exploded off of a backcourt spike to win the game with a goal.

The Evenflow players scored 9 aces, 2 xunks, 9 kees, and 2 goals. In court play, Evenflow made 5 kills, 3 off court saves, and 2 diggs. Heavy hiiters of the game were J.R. Gechig of Evenflow with 2 aces and 4 kees and Jazz Rosakow of the Try-Outs with 5 aces and 1 kee.

And, in other action of the first weekend of the round robin games to eliminate 4 more teams from this year’s Rocball season and advance four teams to the semi finals, the Naturals juiced-out the Islanders in four sets, 71 to 57. The heavy hitter of this game was Frandolee Tito of the Naturals with 7 aces, 2 kees, and 1 goal for 21 points. The players of both teams scored a total of 22 aces, 1 xunk, 12 kees, and 3 goals.

No-Use, one of the three undefeated teams to emerge from the 18-team elimination series of games, juiced the Local Boys in four sets 77 – 42. Ichnis Kapwich of No-Use was the game’s heavy hitter with 6 aces, 2 xunks, and 3 kees for 22 points. The players of both teams scored 25 aces, 5 xunks, 14 kees, and 3 goals.

No-Mercy, another undefeated team for the season, defeated Malat 76 to 46. The heavy hitter of this game was Stephanie Arnold of No Mercy. Stephanie, home on leave from the Air Force and a veteran Rocball player, scored 7 aces, three of which were consecutive serves, and 2 kees for 18 points. In this game, 15 aces, 2 xunks, 17 kees, and 1 goal was scored.
over a year ago Feger said…
No-Use juices out to beat Naturals

By Mark Rabago
Assistant Editor

The round-robin playoffs of the 2007-2008 World Organized Rocball Community League continued Friday with No-Use fashioning out a juice-out win over Naturals at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

Naturals came back from a first set thumping from No-Use, 18-9, and pulled the rug out from under the undefeated No-Use in set two in a 19-8 payback lesson.

Naturals held the powerful No-Use team from scoring heavy points in the second set. No-Use's only heavy hitting score in the second set came from a backcourt kee from their goalie.

In the third set, No-Use and the Naturals went toe-to-toe. No-Use served to start the set and scored three points off two serves. Naturals came back and scored a two-point ace off their first serve.

The lead in the third set went back and forth between teams with neither team losing points off shank serves. But when the score was tied at 12-all, Yumi Sharry of Naturals slammed in a goal and put the Naturals in the lead by three points, 15-12.

No-Use seemed stunned by Sharry's heavy score because on the next play, Naturals accentuated their three-point lead with a xunk off serve that set the No-Use team five points behind Naturals, 15-10.

That's when No-Use dug in and put up a stiff defense that held Naturals at point 17, a point away from winning the set for six plays.

No-Use was able to come from behind and tie Naturals at set point, 17-all.

With the score in the third set tied and No-Use serving for set point, Sharry lowered the boom on No-Use with another three-point goal. No-Use was stunned again and seemed to have lost their competitive thoughts, because Naturals scored a two-point ace to end the third set, 22-17.

At the beginning of the fourth set, Naturals had a six-point lead over No-Use, 50-44. In order to win via juice-out, Naturals only had to win the fourth set.

Team No-Use was for the first time this year trailed in points going into the fourth set. In order for No-Use to win the game, they needed to defeat Naturals by at least seven points. That was just what No-Use did as they won the fourth set in a show of force, 19-6, with a 13-point margin of victory in the fourth set to juice-out their toughest game yet.

The heavy hitter of the game was Sharry of Naturals with an ace, two kees, and two goals for 12 points. There were 10 aces, two xunks, 11 kees, and three goals scored in the game.

Naturals made three blocks, two digs, a kill, and a save. No-Use made five blocks, a dig, and a save.
over a year ago Feger said…
By Mark Rabago
Assistant Editor / Saipan Tribune

Try-Outs beat No Mercy

Try-Outs juiced-out and handed No-Mercy its first defeat of the year. Try-Outs came off a hard double-overtime loss to Evenflow last week and walked over No-Mercy with leftover adrenalin, 18-6, in the first set of play.

No Mercy bounced back in the second set, but wasn't able to hold Try-Outs at set point long enough to overtake them in points.

Try-Outs won the second set, 20-16.

In the third set, Try-Outs had a comfortable game-point lead of 38-22 and maybe they were a little too comfortable. Because No-Mercy blew out the Try-Outs in the third set 19-4 and cut the game down to 42 -41 in favor of the Try-Outs. Either team had the chance to win the game after

No-Mercy's strong third set win notwithstanding it was Try-Outs who prevailed.

The Try-Outs took charge of the fourth set and never looked back as they won, 18-7.

The heavy hitter of this game was Julius Saito of Try-Outs with four aces and a kee for 10 points. There were 13 aces, a jam, seven kees, and two goals scored. Try-Outs made two digs and nine kills. No-Mercy made two blocks, a dig, four kills, and six saves.
over a year ago Feger said…
The Serve and Side-Out order of Play

Islanders beat Malat

Islanders and Malat are teams coming off losses after the first games starting off the round-robin competition of Rocball.

Islanders were the first wounded, losing the first set, 18-10. The Islanders served first and shanked the ball giving Malat the lead without having to touch the ball. Malat took the gift of first point and turned it into an 18-10 first set win. In the second set, the Islanders weren't so generous, corrected their first mistakes and won, 18-8. This put game-point at 28-26 in favor of the Islanders.

In the third set, Islanders had a problem with their first possession serves again. They got stuck at point one and two twice and in the middle of the set twice again at points 10 and 11.

Malat didn't have the serve problems of the Islanders, but couldn't seem to capitalize on their opponents' weaknesses. Islanders were able to pull off a close win in the third set, 19-17.

Both teams were in a position to win in the quarter/set system by juicing-out in four sets. Islanders only needed to win the fourth set to earn their first win in round robin.

Malat was trailing by six points and needed a seven-point margin win in the fourth set to juice-out and win the game. If Malat won the fourth set with less than seven points, they could force the game into overtime. But the Islanders were able to punch out a 17-14 fourth set win and left with their first victory.

Jon Kaipat of the Islanders was the game's heavy hitter with eight aces and two kees for 10 points. There were 21 aces, four xunks, 13 kees, and a goal scored in this game. Islanders made a block, a dig, a kill, and five shanks. Malat made a block, two kills, four shanks, and two saves.
over a year ago Feger said…
The Serve and a Side-Out order of Play

Evenflow beats Locals Boys (OT)

Local Boys stretched out Evenflow in their round robin match. Evenflow was coming off a hard, come-from-behind, two-overtime win over the Try-Outs last week, and the last thing they needed was to be forced into another situation where the winner would be determined in overtime.

It started out easy enough for Evenflow as they dominated the court and the rules of engagement against Local Boys on their way to a 19-6 first set win.

In the second set, Local Boys put up a stiffer resistance and scored 14 points to Evenflow's 20 points. In the third set, the Local Boys grinded away but came up short again, 15-19.

In Rocball, the game ain't over until it's over. A team can't win a Rocball game in the quarter/set system of play unless they win the fourth set with more game points than their opponents. In order for Local Boys to have a chance, they needed to win the fourth set and force Evenflow into overtime.

Local Boys stopped Evenflow at point 11 and came back from point five, in set four where Evenflow made three kills and the Local Boys came up with a counter measure of three digs and capitalized on Evenflow's four shanks to win the fourth, 18-12.

But in overtime, Evenflow had the experience. Local Boys made a great comeback to force the game into extra sets, but Evenflow is rapidly becoming known as the team that owns O-kon (Rocball jargon for overtime sets). Local Boys were tenacious but went down swinging in first overtime, 12-10, and Evenflow got the win and remains undefeated.

[b]The heavy hitter of the game was J.R. Gechig of Evenflow with three aces and four kees for 14 points. There were 17 aces, a xunk, and 20 kees scored in the game. Local Boys made a block, five digs, and five shanks. Evenflow made eight kills and six shanks.
over a year ago Feger said…
The Serve, a Side-Out Order, and Five Hits

Islanders beat No-Mercy

The Islanders, undefeated in their first two games of the round robin, and No-Mercy, coming off their first defeat of the year, played the last game on Saturday night.

In the first phase of Rocball in the 18-team elimination series, No-Mercy defeated the Islanders. But last Saturday proved to be a payback moment for the Islanders.

It started off bad for the Islanders as No-Mercy came out swinging and thrashed them in first set 19-10.

The Islanders seemed a little unnerved at the first set loss and shanked a first serve of the second set giving No-Mercy the present of the lead with an unearned rally point. No-Mercy took their present and turned it into a 9-3 lead before the Islanders were able to regroup and tie-up the score at 11-all.

The Islanders took the lead in the second set, 14-12, when Shane Yamada slammed in a goal to make the score, 15-14, in favor of No-Mercy. The Islanders came back and scored a kee and regained the lead, 16-15, but lost the lead on their next possession off a shank serve and put the score, 15-15.

No-Mercy wasn't able to capitalize off the Islanders' mistake and went into a slump as the Islanders broke through No-Mercy's defense with a couple of kills that won them second set, 18-15.

The Islanders found their groove and unscrambled the secret of No-Mercy's defense coming off the second set win. The Islanders fought their way to a juice-out win taking the third and fourth sets, 19-9 and 18-13, with a game score of 65-56.

The game saw the two teams score in all categories of Rocball-ace, xunk, jam, kee, goal with blocks, digs, kills, shanks, and saves. The heavy hitter of the game was Kaleo Olaitiman with four aces and a kee for 10 points. There were 10 aces, a xunk, a jam, 10 kees, and five goals scored.

No-Mercy made a block, a kill, and three shanks. Islanders made two blocks, a dig, three kills, and a save.
over a year ago Feger said…
The Serve, a Side-Out Order, and Five Hits

Islanders beat No-Mercy

The Islanders, undefeated in their first two games of the round robin, and No-Mercy, coming off their first defeat of the year, played the last game on Saturday night.

In the first phase of Rocball in the 18-team elimination series, No-Mercy defeated the Islanders. But last Saturday proved to be a payback moment for the Islanders.

It started off bad for the Islanders as No-Mercy came out swinging and thrashed them in first set 19-10.

The Islanders seemed a little unnerved at the first set loss and shanked a first serve of the second set giving No-Mercy the present of the lead with an unearned rally point. No-Mercy took their present and turned it into a 9-3 lead before the Islanders were able to regroup and tie-up the score at 11-all.

The Islanders took the lead in the second set, 14-12, when Shane Yamada slammed in a goal to make the score, 15-14, in favor of No-Mercy. The Islanders came back and scored a kee and regained the lead, 16-15, but lost the lead on their next possession off a shank serve and put the score, 15-15.

No-Mercy wasn't able to capitalize off the Islanders' mistake and went into a slump as the Islanders broke through No-Mercy's defense with a couple of kills that won them second set, 18-15.

The Islanders found their groove and unscrambled the secret of No-Mercy's defense coming off the second set win. The Islanders fought their way to a juice-out win taking the third and fourth sets, 19-9 and 18-13, with a game score of 65-56.

The game saw the two teams score in all categories of Rocball-ace, xunk, jam, kee, goal with blocks, digs, kills, shanks, and saves. The heavy hitter of the game was Kaleo Olaitiman with four aces and a kee for 10 points. There were 10 aces, a xunk, a jam, 10 kees, and five goals scored.

No-Mercy made a block, a kill, and three shanks. Islanders made two blocks, a dig, three kills, and a save.
over a year ago Feger said…
Three Catches and a Throw

I went to get a haircut today. My barber is from Okinawa and she was watching sports on the Japan National TV, NHK. I thought she was watching a volleyball game when I walked into the barber shop.

BUT What I saw was three catches and a throw. There were six players to a team, volleyball net, and a volleyball court. The players looked like they were either older elementary or young middle school players.: Game was 15 with 2 point margin to win.

The serve was a throw, there wern't any sets, and no spikes.
over a year ago Feger said…
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No-Use rallies to remain lone undefeated team

After four weeks of play in the round-robin phase of the World Organized Rocball Community League, No-Use remains as the lone undefeated team of the 2007-2008 season after beating the first-year players of the Try-Outs in their toughest win of the year.

Try-Outs is fast becoming the team to watch as it has been pushing veteran teams to the limit after finally ridding themselves of volleyball's rules of play and integrate successfully into the world's first offensive and defensive scoring team net sport.

In Rocball's quarter/set system of play, a regular game can end in four sets, if a team outscores its opponents in game points and wins the fourth set.

Try-Outs cut through No-Use's defenses in the first three sets-19-6, 20-15, and 19-7-and started the fourth set with a 30-point lead.

All Try-Outs had to do was win the fourth set to win the game and knock off the only undefeated team of the year with their first loss.

In Rocball, the fourth set separates the rookies from the veterans. The players of Try-Outs looked a little tired and maybe a little too comfortable for the thrashing they handed out to No-Use in the first three sets.

For its part, No-Use dug in, looked like they had found their resolve, and stopped Try-Outs from winning the fourth set and juice out.

No-Use won the fourth set, 20-16, and forced the game into overtime.

In overtime, or o-kon in Rocball, the team with the most points scored after four sets of play but failed to win the fourth set has the advantage.

Try-Outs had the highest score after four sets and only had to win one overtime set of 10 points or a goal to win the game. No-Use, meanwhile, had to win two overtime sets to win the game.

And No-Use did just that, winning both OTs, 13-7 and 11-9, to remain unscathed in the competition.

The heavy hitter of the game was Ichnis Kapwich of No-Use with three aces, a xunk, three kees, and a goal for 17 points. The heavy hitter for Try-Outs was Larry Sharry with three aces, two xunks, and three kees for 16 points.

There were 19 aces, seven xunks, 12 kees, and four goals scored. Try-Outs made a block, two digs, 11 kills, three saves, and three shank serves. No-Use made three blocks, three kills, and seven shanked serves.
over a year ago Feger said…
No-Mercy beats Naturals

No-Mercy and Naturals split a four-set game at two sets each.

No-Mercy won the second set, 18-13, and the fourth set, 19-12. Naturals won the first set, 18-17, and the third set, 21-20. At the end of the second set, the game was 35-31 in favor of No-Mercy. At the end of the third set, Naturals were trailing 55-52.

Both teams were in good position to win the game in the fourth set. No-Mercy only had to win the fourth set to juice-out, while Naturals had to win the fourth set with four or more points to win the game by juicing out. But in the end, it was No-Mercy that put closure to the game with a 19-12 score for set and game.

The heavy hitter of the game was Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy with three aces, a xunk, five kees, and a goal for 22 points. There were 11 aces, four xunks, 10 kees, and two goals scored in the game. No-Mercy made three blocks, a dig, three kills, a save, and four shanks. Naturals made a block, three kills, and five shanks.
over a year ago Feger said…
The Shank

In a team net sport like volleyball the serve is the action that starts and ends a game. In the FIVB version of this team net sport it is considered a competitive action to award the receiving team a point every time there is a bad serve. A team can win a game on an unearned point. This is what happens with rally point scoring.

In the team net sport that first developed offensive and defensive scoring, Rocball, only if the first serve of possession is bad can a bad serve cause the score between teams to change. If the first serve of possession is bad, it is called a shank and the serving team loses a point for delay of game. This way the difference of the scores between teams change without awarding an unearned point. And, a team has to have the serve in order to win a set or game.
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over a year ago Feger said…
Naturals beat Evenflow in overtime

With the round-robin phase of the 2007-2008 season of the World Organized Rocball Community League ending next week, No-Use is the only team remaining undefeated.

There currently is a three-way tie for second place with No-Mercy, Try-Outs, and Evenflow with identical 3-2 win-loss cards each, and a two-way tie for third place with Naturals and Local Boys sporting 2-3 records each.

The last two teams, Islanders and Malat, are out of competition and don't have a chance for playoff spot.

Last Saturday night at the Marianas High School Gymnasium, Naturals won its second game in overtime game and knocked Evenflow out of sole possession of second place.

Naturals started the game against Evenflow with a shank serve that allowed Evenflow an unearned rally point and the lead.

Evenflow capitalized on Naturals' error and scored a 3-point goal off volley on their first serve. Evenflow went on a scoring spree that took them to an 18-11 set point.

Naturals came back and played aggressively at the net with three consecutive kills, some good defensive saves, blocks, and more kills, and a goal to come from behind and tie the set at 18-all.

Both teams served for set point twice before Evenflow hammered in a goal as the service team at set point and won the set, 23-20.

In the second set, Evenflow had the momentum and went on to beat the Naturals 19-13 and were leading in game points, 42-33, at the send of the second set

But in the third set, everything seemed to go wrong for Evenflow. The team was coming off the backcourt for the 2-point plays, but the ball was not coming down in the court.

Evenflow's kee shots were going over and off court on both sides of the goal and as a result, Naturals were back at the net striking down one kill after the other.

Naturals demolished Evenflow in the third set, 19-5, and took the lead in game points, 52-47.

In the last set of regular play, Evenflow needed to win the fourth set with a six-point margin to juice out. Naturals only had to win the fourth set and juice out.

Evenflow had the opportunities to win the fourth set by juice-out but they played like they were nervous and made three shank serves.

Naturals did what was working best for them and continued to aggressively attack at the net and despite Evenflow's best efforts in winning the fourth set, they were only able to win it by three points.

Evenflow won the fourth set with the least amount of game points scored and Naturals lost the fourth set with the most game points scored.

That effectively threw the game into overtime, which Evenflow has never lost in.

That was not the case last Saturday, however, as Naturals stopped Evenflow in the first overtime set, 11-3, for their second win of the season and an outside chance to make the playoffs.

The heavy hitter of the game was the beach volleyball MVP Typhoon Saito of Naturals with a xunk, five kees, and a goal for 15 points. There were seven aces, two xunks, 13 kees, and four goals scored.

Naturals made a block, three digs, nine kills, three saves, and two shanks. Evenflow made two blocks, two kills, three saves, and three shanks
over a year ago Feger said…
The Stats Are Out

Rocball has two “Master Blasters” this year, Val Taisakan of the Islanders and Eugene Solomon of team Evenflow. Both Val and Eugene have scored at least once of the five categories that separate a side-out system of scoring from rallypoint.

To earn the title of “Master Blaster” a player has to score at least one each of the two point serve called an ace, the two point serve called a xunk, the two point backcourt score called a kee, the three point goal, and the most difficult, the one point “jam”. The jam is a play where a receiving team player can knock down or jam a served ball just as it crosses over the net.

Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy is the season’s heavy hitter. Myron has scored 13 aces, 2 xunks, 29 kees, and 5 goals for 103 points not counting his kills, dinks, and court point scoring. Myron is last year’s MVP and “Master Blaster” but has yet to score a jam.

Myron Laniyo’s 29 kees is the leader in backcourt scoring and is tied with Ichnis Kapwich of team No-Use at 5 goals each. J.R. Gechig and Eugene Solomon of team Evenflow are tied for scoring 16 aces each. And, J.J. Neth and Julius Saito of the team called the Try-Outs are tied at scoring 3 xunks each.

In team statistics, Evenflow has scored 68 aces, the Try-Outs’ scored 10 xunks and is the best in the league for that kind of serve, team Evenflow is the best backcourt scoring team with 73 kees, and team No-Use leads in the 3 point scoring category with 12 goals.

And, even though team Evenflow came in 4th place for the semi-finals, they scored the heaviest with 68 aces, 6 xunks, 1 jam, 73 kees, and 8 goals for 318 points. The second best heavy hitting team was No Mercy with 56 aces, 4 xunks, 64 kees, and 10 goals for 278 points. No-Use came in third with 36 aces, 8 xunks, 69 kees, and 12 goals for 262 points. And, team Try-Outs in their first year playing Rocball came in fourth place with 60 aces, 10 xunks, 40 kees, and 7 goals for 241 points
over a year ago Feger said…
No-Use & Evenflow win Roc semi-openers

The Rocball team with the best win and loss record No-Use, and the number one Rocball scoring team Evenflow both won their first semi-final games against No-Mercy and the Try-Outs on Saturday at the MHS gym.

Team No-Use’s only defeat of the Rocball season came from No-Mercy on the last game of the round robin phase of the Rocball season. On Saturday night, No-Use juiced-out and defeated No-Mercy in four sets 88 to 71 in their first game of the semi-finals. And, No-Use only has to win the next game against N0-Mercy next Saturday night to advance into the best of 5 games for the World Title of Rocball.

No-Use won the first set of their game against No-Mercy 24 to 20. No-Mercy bounced back in the second set and won it 22 – 20. At half time the game score was 44 to 42 in favor of No-Use.

In the third set, No-Use got a big boost with five points scored off two plays that included a 3 point goal and a two point ace. No Use went on to win the third set 22 – 15. At the end of three sets of play No-Mercy was down by 9 points and needed to win the fourth set with a 10 point margin to win the game, or win the fourth set with less than a 10 point margin to force No-Use into overtime. But, No-Use closed down the game with a 22 – 14 set win and moved within one game of advancing to the championship finals.

In the game between Evenflow and the Try-Outs, the Try-Outs lost the first three sets 8 – 22, 21 – 17, and 21 – 18. The Try-Outs made improvements in every set and when it counted mos,t they won the fourth set 21 to 14 and blocked Evenflow from juicing out to win the game.

In the fourth set, the Try-Outs jumped out to a commanding 9 – 0 lead and Evenflow got caught stumbling over themselves with a series of shank serves. Evenflow would score a court point and then serve a shank to lose the point in four of their first plays of the fourth set. The Try-Outs won the fourth set 21 – 14 and forced the game into overtime.

The players of Evenflow are the most experienced overtime players in Rocball. They have played four overtime games and only lost once in that situation. In the first set overtime, Evenflow unchoked, served no shanks, and closed out the game 11 – 8.

On Saturday, January 26, N0-Use, No-Mercy, Evenflow, and the Try-Outs will play their second semi-final games. Evenflow and the Try-Outs will play will play at 6:30 pm, and No-Use and No-Mercy will play at 8:00 pm.