The Tanapag Middle School Tatagas set up a play during a PSS Co-ed 4v4 Grass Volleyball game at the CPA airport field.

Photo by James F. Sablan Jr

THE Public School System’s Co-ed 4v4 Middle School Grass Volleyball season will resume later this week,  PSS Athletic Director Nick Gross said.

“We've been cleared to resume our middle school grass volleyball season!” he added. “Unfortunately, due to the pause in play we are behind schedule.”

 He said after analyzing possibilities, the PSS Athletic Programs has decided to omit the final two days of the round-robin play originally set for March 15 and 22.

 Gross said they will move forward with a double-elimination tournament on Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10.

He advised all teams that they must be at the CPA airport field no later than 2:45 p.m. on Friday, as games will begin at 3 p.m. sharp.

Since teams were unable to play the round-robin season for seeding purposes, Gross said they will conduct a “blind draw” for team seeding.

Grace Christian Academy 1 will face Dandan Middle School 2; Rota vs Francisco Middle School 2; Saipan Community School  vs Saipan International School 2; FMS 1 vs Mount Carmel School; Tanapag Middle School vs Tinian; GCA 2 vs Chacha Middle School; and SIS 1 vs Hopwood Middle School.

At the completion of the 4:30 p.m. games or the fourth round of play, Gross said they will take a brief break to honor the teams with an opening ceremony and parade of athletes and presentation of the colors along with the singing of the Commonwealth and national anthems. Play will resume at 5:30 p.m.

On April 10, the games will start at 8 a.m. The semifinal and championship games will be a “best of 3” format with the championship games scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

The girls division will have a total of 14 teams: SIS 1, SIS 2, ACS, GCA 1, GCA 2, MCS, HOP, Chacha, FMS 1, FMS 2, TMS, SCS, Tinian and Rota.

 The boys division will have 15 teams: GCA 1, GCA 2, HOP, SIS 1, SIS 2, TMS, MCS, FMS 1, FMS 2, Chacha, DMS 1, DMS 2, SCS, Tinian, and Rota.

“We intend to have four courts dedicated to both the boys and girls tournaments on Friday for a total of eight courts,” Gross said. “We will play a single set format to 21, with a cap at 25. Both teams are allowed one  timeout per set. In the ‘best of 3’ matches, we will use a 21, 21, 15 format. The cap will remain at 25 in the first two sets, and should a third set be warranted, there will be no cap. A team must win by two points.”

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