America’s Team sweeps doubleheader against 552nd MXS

552nd Maintenance Squadron hitter Melanie Chang prepares to return a serve against America’s Team in intramural volleyball action at the Gerrity Fitness Center on Aug 29. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks)

552nd Maintenance Squadron hitter Melanie Chang prepares to return a serve against America’s Team in intramural volleyball action at the Gerrity Fitness Center on Aug 29. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- The first place America's Team swept a co-ed vollebyball doubleheader against the squad from the 552nd Maintenance Squadron on Aug 29 at the Gerrity Fitness Center.
   "We were motivated and poised for victory because of our teamwork and cohesiveness. We model our team based on Esprit De Corps, because we have teammates from the USAF, USN, USA and Marine Corps," said George Goombi, head coach for America's Team.
   In the opening game, the 552nd MXS got some much needed breathing room with expert serving from Nikki Antonigue. She delivered five consecutive service aces, which opened up a quick 12-7 lead for the 552nd MSX.
   The key play in that first game was a sliding dig by Melanie Chang, which kept a rally going for her side.
   The 552nd MXS used this to take the opening game, 25-20.
   In the second game of the first match, it was touch and go with both sides scoring at will. The outcome was determined by America's Team premier player, outside hitter Sunny Dryden, who seemed to take over the game. She ended the first game with three well-placed serves giving her side the victory in game two.
   "This was a great couple of games and we look forward to closing this one out," said Goombi.
   The third and final game of match one was one-sided with the America's Team scoring early and often and closing out the match two games to one with a game three victory of 15-9.
   In the second match, it seemed like a repeat of the first. The 552nd MXS captured the first game with a hard fought, 23-19, victory. Their side was able to get the win behind the power hitting of David Thorne and Jeremy Adams. Both spikers accumulated seven kills a piece while setter Allie Crossett dished out a team-high 10 assists.
   In the second game of match two, America's Team held a slim lead for most of the game. The key play was a series of hard spikes by Dryden, which enabled America's Team to capture game two by a score of 23-18.
   "Finishing what we start is our motto on this team," emphasized Goombi.
   The 552nd MXS was undaunted and quickly vaulted to an early 5-1 lead in game three of the second match. After a brief timeout, America's Team came out poised for victory. An injury to 552nd MXS player Melanie Chang, who severely sprained her left ankle during a play at the net, caused some heartbreak and disappointment for the 552nd MXS players.
   America's Team took full advantage of their golden opportunity and seized the momentum and captured the final game of the match, thus gaining a key doubleheader win and enabling them to maintain a hold of first place in the standings.
   The win gave America's Team an 8-2 record while the loss dropped the 552nd MXS to 8-2 as well and into third place.