December 14, 2017 – Port Vila, Vanuatu
Kiribati got off to a fast 6-2 lead In the final match for Team Guam’s pool play in the X Pacific Mini Games. However, Team Guam was able to settle down as Byrd served four successive points to knot the game at six. After three ties, Guam took the lead at 9-8. Byrd reeled off eight consecutive points to increase the lead to 17-8. After several exchanges, Sablan closed the set with a kill for a 21-14 tally.
Kiribati drew first blood in set two leading after the first change over 4-3. Kiribati held their ground during the set leading 12-9 at the break on multiple errors by the Guam duo. An ace by Kiribati increased their lead 13-9. A combination of an aces, error and line hit by Kiribati pushed their lead to six points forcing Guam to call a time out. A dink by Byrd and Sablan brought them to within four points at the change over, but Kiribati scored on a couple of kills eventually winning the second set 21-18.
Another quick start by Kiribati put them up 3-1. Guam reeled off six consecutive points to lead 7-3 behind Byrd’s serving. Back to back aces by Sablan pushed the score to 9-3. Guam would continue their dominance at the net as Sablan commanded the remainder of the match with Byrd serving the reminder of the game. A kill for good measure by Sablan ended the match 15-5.
With the win, Guam finishes pool play at with a 1-2 record placing third in their pool.