Double cup success for Kerygma and Hibs Candy

Double cup success for Kerygma and Hibs Candy

The first Malta Volleyball Association competitions of the season were played recently at the Cottonera Sports Complex with the Hibs Candy women's team and Kerygma men emerging victorious in the Ghaqda Kittieba Sports Cup and the Super Cup.

In the GhKS Cup, Hibs were too strong for X-Sel and won the contest three sets to one. Due to a double elimination format, the two teams had to meet again the next day. Hibs produced another superb display to beat X-Sel 3-0 in just over an hour to seal the title.

The new rotation system adopted by coach David Bonnici, that sees Alison Borg and Roberta Scaccia as main receivers and a double block strategy in all rotations on the outside positions, reaped the desired benefits for the Paolites. X-Sel badly missed the services of their main setter Sara El Gazi. She was unavailable.

Kerygma won the first encounter against Fleur de Lys 3-2. Kerygma lost a number of established players in the transfer season, namely, Franco Debono, David Caruana and Louis Sciriha. They all joined Aloysians.

In the second encounter, Fleur de Lys managed to reverse the score and won 3-2 thanks mainly to some inspiring play from Jonathan Chetcuti and Paul Tonna. That set the stage for an exciting showdown between these two teams.

The GhKS Cup decider was tense with a number of excellent attacking combinations from both sides. At one point Kerygma managed to take the edge and went on to close the match 3-2 in favour. Kerygma had main setter Josef Pirotta missing through injury.

In the Super Cup, Hibs again had the better of X-Sel girls and Kerygma lowered FDL's colours.

X-Sel had no answer to the strong attacks by the Paolites with setter Tiziana Bonnici maximising the good form of spikers Gertrude Zarb, Delicia Farrugia and Denise Aquilina.

X-Sel missed the services of main spiker Catherine Attard as Hibs won 3-0 in just over an hour with a total of 75 points for and 44 against.

In the men's Super Cup, Fleur-de-Lys were without Paul Tonna while Kerygma signed David Falzon as setter. This move proved beneficial to Kerygma as they went on to win their second early-season honour with the final score at 3-1.

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