DTRA’s Miguel Cotto goes up for the spike during his team’s intramural volleyball season opener against the 249th Engineer Battalion, March 12 at Wells Field House.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency, with more Commander’s Cup trophies than any other unit on post, kicked off the FY19 volleyball season in customary fashion, sweeping the 249th Engineer Battalion 3-0, March 12 at Wells Field House.

DTRA’s lineup of veteran athletes, including Greg McIntyre, Christie Myers and Dave Petersen; along with spike specialists, Josh Slay and Miguel Cotto, burst from the starting gate with an offensive onslaught that resulted in a 9-point advantage scarcely three minutes into the contest. Capitalizing on their teammates’ picture-perfect bump-and-set choreography, Slay, Cotto and McIntyre repeatedly drilled the ball to the floor for scores. The building momentum quickly propelled DTRA to a 21-11 victory to open the three-match series.

But, the Engineers came roaring back in the second exchange, staying within 2 points of their legendary opponents with a revamped offensive approach spearheaded by Joshua Barninger and Marcus Young at the net. In the backcourt, Anna Blaser and Mike Monroe minimized DTRA’s gains with a series of diving saves. However, DTRA soon regained the upper hand with a string of spikes from Slay and McIntyre and continued the onslaught for the rest of the match, ultimately claiming a 21-12 win.

DTRA, clearly recognizing its opponent’s increasingly dangerous precision in the backcourt and at the net, focused all efforts on defense. The adjustment paid immediate dividends when a string of saves by Cotto, Petersen and Myers enabled Slay and McIntyre to regain the edge with another run of spikes that ultimately resulted in a 21-11 match-3 victory and the 3-0 series sweep. Volleyball matches are played Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 3. The season ends with a single-elimination championship tournament between the eight topranked teams.

Go to https://www. quickscores.com/Orgs/index. php?OrgDir=belvoirmwr for game schedules and results.

For more information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and get schedules.