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.
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.