SSC Dream Team
What a great season of sand volleyball it has been this season! Nine teams joined us for our final season of the calendar year, and our playoff teams clearly came to play and contend for that final opportunity to hoist the Championship banner!
Each match throughout these playoffs was great, but let’s look at how our finalists got to the Championship game. First, SSC Dream fought in a two set series against 2 Legit 2 Hit. Though SSC had won the regular season match-up convincingly, 2 Legit came out firing. It wouldn’t be enough as SSC advanced onto a three set series with How I Set Your Mother. This was more of a nail-biter with each set being decided by the slimmest of margins. This match-up could have gone either way, but SSC squeaked out the tough win to advance. Meanwhile, Funny Fireballs took the opposite road to advance: a tough three series in the opening round, followed by a relatively painless two set match against top seeded Serve-ivors. While SSC battled out the semis, Fireballs were granted the opportunity for some ample rest time. Onto the Finals!
These two teams were seeded 4th and 5th and never gave up on making it to this match! These teams did meet in the regular season, and the advantage went to Funny Fireballs by a score of 16-14 in the third set. After jumping out to the early lead in the first set, Fireballs would have to find inner strength and rally back from their deficit. They did so, and tied the set up late. SSC’s ability to defend the solid offense of Fireballs proved to be the difference in this first set. SSC was able to get the rally they needed and took the first in a close one. The second set saw SSC get off to a hot start and big serving streak. Though Fireballs would eventually break it, the damage had been done and they couldn’t recover. SSC Dream Team wins! These teams were evenly matched, and fatigue was likely a factor. But the true difference separating these two tonight was gameplan execution.
Congratulations to our own SSC refs who showed they too can play! We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all of our great teams and spectators this season! We look forward to doing it again soon!