Mid season biggest surprises so far GBSSAA Junior/Senior Girls Volleyball 2017

Contributed by BUSTER LAING Grand Bahama Sports.com

Every GBSAA Volleyball season brings new surprising, underdog-stories and disappointments. After two weeks, the standings look a lot different to how analysts predicted them to be and there have been a bunch of things going on around the league that not a lot of people saw coming.

Weak teams surprised us and strong teams disappointed us; players performed at shockingly high levels and, of course, countless upsets shocked us.

As we reach the mid-way point of the season, it is clear that the 2017 season is and will be full of surprises. After digesting the first month of the regular season, here is our take on the biggest surprises of the 2016 GBSSAA Volleyball season thus far.

Rojaynae Brown emerges as the early POY frontrunner
Royjanae Brown faced a great deal of pressure after being named last years’ Player of the Year and Championship MVP, coming into this season, and the outside hitter responded by silencing all of his critics – playing at an MVP-caliber level, during the first month of the season. The Warriors’ captain led the Bishop Michael Eldon to a 3-0 start and have not lost a single set all year.

But, regardless of the results, the junior star’s future in volleyball looks bright.

Other contenders: Zaria Rose (SBA), Vanessa Hewitt (TBCA)
The Sunland Baptist Stingers play like a legitimate GBSSAA contender

Simply put, nobody expected much out of the Stingers in 2017 except for the ‘Stinger Nation.’ But after the first month of the regular season, it is becoming clear that Sunland not only has the ability to compete in every game, they also have everything in place to make a deep postseason run after a 4-0 start.
Zaria Rose looks like the real deal and the Stingers are dominant up front on both sides of the ball. In our eyes, this team is a budding Junior Girls’ powerhouse.

Games you don’t want to miss in the final week
The final week of the regular season is here.
Here are a few games you don’t’ want to miss:
The battle for first place between #1 Bishop Michael (4-0) and #2 Sunland Baptist (4-0) on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 3:45 p.m. @ STGHS
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
3:45 p.m. @ STGHS - EMRHS vs LIS (JG)
3:45 p.m. @ JHHS - JHJH vs SMPR (JG)
4:15 p.m. @ JHHS - BMES vs TBCA (JG)
Thursday, October 12, 2017
3:45 p.m. @ STGHS - BMES vs SBA (JG)
4:00 p.m. @ STGHS - SMPR vs LIS (JG)
3:45 p.m. @ JHHS - JHJ vs EMRHS (JG)
Monday, October 16, 2017
3:45 p.m. @ STGHS - SMPR vs EMRHS (JG)
3:45 p.m. @ JHHS - JHJH vs LIS (JG)
4:15 p.m. @ JHHS - SBA vs TBCA (JG)
Who’s rising? Who’s falling?

Here’s our updated Grand Bahama Sports.com rankings. Who’s rising? Who’s falling? We have one team cooling its heels just outside the Top 3, an under-the-radar winning streak and a key game in the final week of the season:
Grand Bahama Sports.com Junior Girls’ Volleyball Rankings for Week 2
1. Bishop Michael Eldon (4-0)
2. Sunland Baptist (4-0)
3. Tabernacle Baptist (3-1)
4. Sister Mary (1-2)
5. Lucaya Int. (0-3)
6. Jack Hayward (0-3)
7. Eight Mile Rock (0-2)

Senior Girls
The Eight Mile Rock
Blue 3-0 start
The Blue Jays are better than advertised. You get to know that when you hear the onlookers talk about how impressed they are with their preparation, fundamentals and just in general, the way they have been able to pick defences apart.

Rhonda Bullard is becoming a terror off the ball and their entire back line is simply flying around. The Blue Jays made it clear that they are legitimate play-off contenders in 2017.

The Buccaneers, a Championship contender:
I know it’s still mid-way in the season, but the Lady Bucs’ play has been phenomenal. They have outplayed the preseason favorites Tabernacle Baptist and Sunland Baptist. Of course, the main reason for their great start has been their outstanding young defence and passing. The entire unit is well coached and disciplined. Even with some issues in attacking, I’d have to say this is the one of the best teams in the league right now.

The Tabernacle Baptist Falcons 1-3 start
Practically everyone who follows or covers the league had high expectations for the defending champions, Falcons, heading into the 2017 season. On paper, they have a complete roster from top to bottom, experience and explosiveness at nearly every position, and one of the best head coaches in the business. The Falcons are dangerously close to putting themselves in a situation where every game is a must-win.

Fun fact: Tall Order
Athletes come in different sizes and while they all tend to be fit, some have an advantage in their chosen sport because of their height.

Standing at 6’2’’ and growing, is Jack Hayward’s Armanda Taylor, the tallest volleyball player in high school.
Who will be this year’s Senior Girls’ Volleyball Player of the Year?

We’ve already talked about the surprises and disappointments, this season, in GBSSAA Volleyball Season.
The race is still wide open; however, the following names have come up in the conversion”
Abigail Victor, SBA
Rhonda Bullard, EMR
Destiny Huyler, BMES
TaTyana Lockhart, TBCA
Games you don’t want to miss in the final week
A marquee matchup awaits you on Tuesday, October 10 as the #1 Eight Mile Blue Jays take on the #2 Lucaya International Bucs for first place.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
4:00 p.m. @ STGHS - EMRHS vs LIS (SG)
4:45 p.m. @ JHHS - JHHS vs STGHS (SG)
5:00 p.m. @ JHHS - BMES vs TBCA (SG)
Thursday, October 12, 2017
4:00 p.m. @ STGHS - BMES vs SBA (SG)
4:15 p.m. @ STGHS - STGHS vs LIS (SG)
4:15 p.m. @ JHHS - JHHS vs EMRHS (SG)
Monday, October 16, 2017
4:00 p.m. @ STGHS - STGHS vs EMRHS SG)
4:45 p.m. @ JHHS - JHHS vs LIS (SG)
5:00 p.m. @ JHHS - SBA vs TBCA (SG)
Who’s rising? Who’s falling?
Here’s our updated Grand Bahama Sports.com rankings.
Who’s rising? Who’s falling?

We have one team cooling its heels just outside the Top 3, an under-the-radar winning streak and a key game in the final week of the season:
Grand Bahama Sports.com Senior Girls’ Volleyball Rankings for Week 2
1. Eight Mile Rock (3-0)
2. Lucaya International. (3-0)
3. St. Georges’ (2-1)
4. Sunland Baptist (2-2)
5. Bishop Michael Eldon (1-2)
6. Tabernacle Baptist (1-3)
7. Jack Hayward (0-3)

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