Pearl City Peninsula still in the hunt for division’s top spot

Navy Diver 3rd Class Andy Rodberg blasts a shot for a kill.

Navy Diver 3rd Class Andy Rodberg blasts a shot for a kill.

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor

Seven weeks into the intramural volleyball season, the Pearl City Peninsula Warriors are still in the hunt for the top spot in the Blue Division, despite the fact that the team is playing in the same division as the defending Joint Base champs Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG).

On Aug. 13, the Warriors stayed step-in-step with the HIANG by topping 67th Cyberspace Wing (67 CW) in straight sets, 25-13, 25-8, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center.

The Warriors improved their record to 7-0 to remain tied for first place in the Blue Division with the HIANG, while Cyberspace Wing is still searching for their first win of the season.

In the first set, Cyberspace Wing managed to stay close with only a four-point difference separating them from PCP at 11-7.

However, from that point on, the Warriors began to heat up and slug away at the ball to open up a 15-9 lead.

With a little more distance from Cyberspace Wing, the Warriors eased through the rest of the first set as Navy Diver 3rd Class Andy Rodberg began a full-out assault at the net.

After being held to a single kill, Rodberg accounted for five of the team’s final 10 points with heavy-handed kills.

The second set started off as a carbon copy of the first, with Cyberspace Wing staying close at 11-7 once again.

With Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Greg Shedlock serving the ball, a kill by Navy Diver 1st Class Mark Larribas ignited a run that would put the game away.

After the kill by Larribas, PCP went on to post nine straight points to take a commanding 21-7 lead.

During the run, Shedlock added four aces and a kill while Larribas threw down two kills.

“There is no method to the madness,” Shedlock said about his outstanding stint as service. “I did a couple of jump serves just to see how I was doing.”

Shedlock stated that as a team, serving is one of the necessary skills that each and every one of their players needs to get done.

“Serving is basic,” he noted. “If you can’t get the ball in play, you can’t play volleyball. We do practice keeping the ball in. Once you get the ball in, you want to start being more aggressive. You want to start hitting more spots on the court.”

Following the Warriors 10-point run, the teams exchanged side-outs via service errors.

Then with the score at 22-8, the Warriors ran off three straight points to close the door on Cyberspace Wing.

PCP has one more game on schedule with the anticipated showdown against HIANG soon to follow after that.

While the HIANG does seem to have the hitters in their favor against PCP, Shedlock said don’t sell the Warriors short because their team has guys that can blast away with the best of them and is armed with one of the top setters in Masako Larribas.

“It’s relieving to know that there are other guys, who can take each other’s place,” said Shedlock about having so many solid players on his team. “It makes us a stronger team, more dynamic and can beat pretty much any team in this league.”

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