MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
Week one in the Commanding General’s Cup 6-on-6 volleyball reunited players from last year’s season and introduced some new faces on Jan. 8.
Although a new year brought forth a new season, traditions of hearty competition shone through as the players stepped on the court.
The 6-on-6 volleyball games were won with teams besting two out of three matches.
The first game of the day between the Armory and the Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security Team had to be re-scheduled.
The court did not remain inactive for long, however, as the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team stepped up to make 12th Marine Corps District step down with a beating they will not soon forget.
As the third game hit the court, Marine Corps Community Services found themselves up against an invisible opponent. With 2nd Battalion pulling a no show, MCCS went home with an easy victory.
At the conclusion of MCCS’s win by default, Finance, last year’s champions, and Protocol took over the court. After two close games, they went into the third deciding game. It was at this point that Finance, even with an injured player, educated Protocol on how the game of volleyball should look when properly played. Finance took the victory 2-1.
Next on the court were 1st Bn. and Support Bn. Support Bn. was forced to forfeit the first of three games due to a lack of players. However, their players arrived before it was time to forfeit another and Support Bn. won two games back-to-back to dominate their opponents.
“So far it looks like Finance and Protocol played the hardest, but I haven’t seen the MSST or Armory play yet,” said Rachael Dickinson, CG’s Cup sports coordinator. “You usually don’t see the really promising teams until about mid-season though. That’s because of all the new players coming aboard.”
Day two of week one gave the teams a chance to match up with different opponents.
The first game put 12th MCD against MSST who assisted them in maintaining their losing streak. MSST beat them the first two games, leaving no chance for revival and no need for a third, decision game.
Subsequently, Support Bn. and Protocol stormed the court. Protocol, mimicking 12th MCD, also maintained their losing streak.
Finance seemed to have déjà vu like many other teams, except in this case it was in their favor. As they stepped on the court to face the Armory, they reminded everyone why they were last year’s champions. They won the game closing their first week with a record of 2-0.
The week wrapped up with a 2nd and 1st Bn. showdown. At the end of two games, they went into the final elimination match with 1st Bn. and ultimately defeated their opponents claiming the victory and bragging rights within the Recruit Training Regiment.
PACTACLET, Finance and Support Bn. go into week two leading the pack with two wins and no losses. With five weeks left in the 6-on-6 volleyball season, anything is possible.
Playoffs are tentatively slated for Feb. 6 and Feb. 12 with the top eight teams entered into a single elimination bracket.