94th IS, DINFOS teams win intramural volleyball titles

Volleyball

Tech Sgt. Jessica Sellers of the 7th Intelligence Squadron volleyball team celebrates a point in the game. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

The 94th Intelligence Squadron Cougars and the Defense Information School Trained Killers each won Intramural Volleyball Championships on May 24 at Murphy Field House.

The 94th IS competed against the 7th IS in the Division I double elimination tournament winning two games to none.

The DINFOS Trained Killers defeated the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade 2-1 in the Division II double elimination tournament.

Sgt. Aisha Umar and Spc. Eric Robbins cheer for their team, the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, in last week’s tournament against the Defense Information School Trained Killers. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

“It was strong competition between both teams,” said Beth Downs, sports specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “The top teams were the ones who made it to the end of a great season.”

Senior Airman Joshua Davis, coach of the 94th IS Cougars, said he was happy to win the championship and to defend last year’s title.

“Our strengths are our experience of the game — our passing and our strong hits, whether it was at the service or attack line,” Davis said. “Our main strategy was just to pass well and minimize our mental errors.”

Davis said the Cougars had a great season overall and the best record of 10-2 going into the playoffs.

“Our biggest struggle was unforced mental errors,” he said. “The only way to overcome those errors is by practicing and continuing to develop one’s knowledge of the game in order to know what to do in tough situations.”

Davis said the 7th IS was a formidable opponent.

“They delivered us our first loss of the season on April 3,” he said. “Their strengths are blocking and passing, from my perspective.”

Lori Steenstra, a public affairs leadership instructor at DINFOS, completed her first season as the coach and a player.

“Our guys were ready and wanted to win,” Steenstra said. “Earlier in the season we lost to these guys twice. We beat them at the start of the tournament and sent them to the losers bracket.”

Capt. Luis Garay (left) and Tech Sgt. Anthony Hernandez (second from left), both of the DINFOS Trained Killers, defend the net against their opponent on May 24 at Murphy Field House. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

 

Steenstra said the 780th had to come back strong in the first game and beat DINFOS to go on to the finals.

“They were a very talented team who also deserve credit for playing as well as they did,” she said. “They certainly made it a memorable night.”

Steenstra said DINFOS started the season with a solid start of 6-0.

“We then played the 780th for the first time and we lost. I think it rattled our confidence,” she said.

“The next three matches, we went three sets and still won, but we were making little mistakes that were costly. We also had a bit of luck at times.”

Downs said all the teams in the tournament played very well.

“It was a strong finish by all,” she said.

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