Defense Threat Reduction Agency gave spectators another high-octane exhibition of the unit’s legendary preparation, commitment and no-compromise drive, when the squad defeated current Commander’s Cup champion Defense Logistics Agency, 3-1 in Fort Belvoir’s FY19 intramural volleyball championship match series, April 10 at Wells Field House.
Taking to the court with an impressive 20-1 regular-season record and a semifinal triumph over the perennial contender 249th Engineer Battalion, DTRA—undeniably the most successful volleyball team on post—focused all its efforts on offense, crowding the net with some of the most capable personnel in the league in an attempt to claim yet another championship title.
Victory would be anything but a given. Current Commander’s Cup champion DLA, having turned in a 19-2 regular-season record, went into the post-season tournament with its sights focused on the winner’s circle and padding its already substantial lead in this year’s title race. Having downed Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the semifinal round, the highly experienced powerhouse went into the final showdown atop a promising wave of momentum.
DTRA unleashed its trademark offensive intensity right out of the starting gate, claiming a 21-13 first-match victory and a 20-17 win in the second.
However, DLA—staring down a sudden-death situation—came roaring back in the third exchange, focusing every effort on the net, offensively and defensively. A string of rocketing spikes, combined with a series of blocks, ultimately propelled the squad to victory with a hard-fought, 26-24 outcome.
But DTRA, determined to reclaim its seat at the top of the heap after falling to FBCH in last year’s championship, poured on the coals on defense. Thwarting a series of DLA scoring attempts with diving digs and saves all over the court, DTRA reestablished its reputation as strategic spike specialists and won the day with a 21-19 win to claim the title, 3 games to 1.
For information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, league coordinator, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and get schedules.