Four new champions have emerged in the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League following playoff games held on August 14 and 15.
On Saturday, despite the threatening weather the games began. In the fours division, Triple Set
battled Abbracciamento's for nearly three hours only to come up short in the fifth and deciding game (8-15, 15-12, 15-10, 10-15, 14-16) to send
Abbracciamento's to the finals against an undefeated McManus Surplus.
Due to a scheduling conflict, McManus Surplus' semifinal match was forfeited, automatically pushing them to the final round. After allowing Abbracciamento's a short rest, the final match began. Had the two teams begun on equal ground, the match would have been a much more difficult one but McManus, with fresh legs, only had a problem of getting started. Once they managed to begin playing together, they took the match in three (15-7,
15-5, 15-9) to repeat as 4's champions for another year. On the other courts on Saturday, six teams from both the white and blue
divisions were battling it out in a round robin format to see who would
qualify as the third and fourth placed teams in their respective divisions.
After everyone finished their games, the third place team had been decided but both divisions had a three way tie for fourth. After breaking the tie, the field was set for the semifinals the next day. In the white division, Just Healy's would face the Federation while Connolly's Colada Crew would play Psychic Hotline. In the blue division, it was Roxbury Industries against On The Waterfront and The Flapping 5 Second Sharks versus the Fisheads. It was rumored that a Shark or two was seen, in disguise, scouting out the opposition and it goes without saying that Bugsy was there, in his own clothes of course, doing the same. Sunday started somewhat similar to Saturday with the weather even more ominous but the games began and the little bit of drizzle was quite refreshing and welcomed.
The Red Division semi's saw Connolly's against the Shady Characters. The Shady Character suffered a lot of disappointments this season and we don't want to get Nicky started so we will leave it at that. Connolly's went on to win the match (15-7, 15-9, 15-5). On the other side Abbracciamento's, after a good, long night sleep, was battling it out with the Tap& Grill. The two teams were trading games back and forth. With only one game left, Rocky knew
it was now or never. They came out strong and forced Tap & Grill to call an early timeout. Back and forth they went with Abbraccaimento's holding onto the lead. Tap & Grill made a slight comeback but Rocky and his team turned it on and pulled out the victory and the first championship for the team in
nine years in a great show of sportsmanship and game. In the White Division, Just Healy's took game one in a best of 5 series from
the Federation. Although the score was close, Healy's appeared to have
control of the match. The second and third game caught Healy's completely off guard and the Federation took the lead in the match 2 games to 1. With the momentum completely in the Federation's court, Dancer put in his starting six and they answered back with a big win of their own and, most importantly, evened up the match. The fifth game, with traditional scoring, began with a
boom for Healy's. They scored 10 points before the Federation even got on the board. Then, the nightmare began. The Federation kept chipping away at their deficit point by point and tied them. Dancer used both his time outs wisely but there was no stopping the Federation. The Federation won the fifth game in an unbelievable come from behind manner (12-15, 15-8, 15-3, 3-15, 15-10). It was later overheard that "the Federation is the type of team that just doesn't go away." The match between Connolly's Colada Crew
and Psychic Hotline was tough fought but the Psychics didn't give up a game and managed to advance to the finals in three straight games (15-8, 15-10, 15-13). The Colada Crew was somewhat miffed by the Psyche's playing ability since they were a basement team for so long. Attendance is everything!
In the finals of the white division, Psychic Hotline stayed on their roll
surprising perhaps a tired Federation squad and sweeping them in three straight games (15-0, 15-7, 15-9). Captain Tom was heard under the tent explaining the team turmoil early in the season but always knowing they had it in them to capture the whole thing. MVP has to be given to Joe Courtney for his hitting ability and covering the court so well. Of course recognition must go to the great setters on both teams, without which, there would be no hitting.
In the Blue Division, Roxbury Industries got an early wake up call when On the Waterfront took the first game of their best 3 of 5 semifinals. Team Waterfront had made certain that Bugsy had a great time at the wedding the previous evening and succeeded as he was not up to playing. Fortunately for his team, he was up to coaching and managed to find the right chemistry to put on the court. Roxbury won the second game somewhat easy and struggled to
take the third. With the air all but out of the Waterfront's sails, Roxbury Industries captured the fourth game and the match to move on to the finals (13-15, 15-6, 15-13, 15-7). The other match going on between the Fisheads and the Sharks was a real frenzy. The Flappers, playing hard won the first two very close games. The Fisheads, never say die attitude, answered back by winning the next two games, also very close in score. The final game was a
real battle with everyone's hearts on their sleeves. The Fisheads came out
victorious and advanced to the finals with Roxbury Industries (10-15, 13-15, 16-14, 15-10, 15-10). The first game saw the Fisheads come out strong and never look back. The second game was just the opposite with Roxbury answering right back. But that was all Roxbury had. The Fisheads were on a mission and impressively won games 3 and 4 to win the championship in the Blue Division (15-5, 11-15, 15-2, 15-1).
Congratulations to all the teams.