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21st WSA wins cross league volleyball championship

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball team serves the volleyball to the NORAD/U.S. Northern Command intramural volleyball team in the Peterson Fitness Center on May 18, 2016. The WSA team won three consecutive games to win the match. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball team serves the volleyball to the NORAD/U.S. Northern Command intramural volleyball team in the Peterson Fitness Center on May 18, 2016. The WSA team won three consecutive games to win the match. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Ski Wagasky, J3 deputy branch chief and the NORAD/U.S. Northern Command captain, delivers a pre-game speech to his team before the championship match in the Peterson Fitness Center on May 18, 2016. The NORAD/U.S. Northcom intramural volleyball team were the lunch league champions and the 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball team were the night league champions. The WSA team won all three matches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Ski Wagasky, J3 deputy branch chief and the NORAD/U.S. Northern Command captain, delivers a pre-game speech to his team before the championship match in the Peterson Fitness Center on May 18, 2016. The NORAD/U.S. Northcom intramural volleyball team were the lunch league champions and the 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball team were the night league champions. The WSA team won all three matches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The NORAD/U.S. Northern Command team attempts to score on the 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball team in the Fitness Center Gym at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on May 18, 2016. Although they lost the match, the NORAD/U.S. Northern Command intramural volleyball lunch league team had been dominant in their respective league, winning the past six seasons in a row. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The NORAD/U.S. Northern Command team attempts to score on the 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball team in the Fitness Center Gym at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on May 18, 2016. Although they lost the match, the NORAD/U.S. Northern Command intramural volleyball lunch league team had been dominant in their respective league, winning the past six seasons in a row. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- It may have seemed like a normal Wednesday night at the base fitness center, but for two teams, proven champions in their own divisions, it was the apex of volleyball competition. A battle royale for ultimate volleyball bragging rights.

The NORAD/U.S. Northern Command team intramural volleyball lunch league champions faced off against the 21st Space Wing Staff Agency intramural volleyball night league champions at the Peterson Air Force Base Fitness Center to finally declare a champion of champions May 18.

After each team bumped, bruised and bled during the championship game, it was the WSA team who were left standing after defeating the NORAD/Northcom team in three consecutive games.

The NORAD/U.S. Northcom team was dominant in their respective league, winning the past six seasons in a row, while the WSA team was relatively young in their streak of championships.

“This match was a long time in the making,” said Senior Airman Karl Ahner, 21st Comptroller Squadron budget analyst and WSA team captain. “Each squad had been dominate in separate intramural leagues on Peterson AFB. NORAD/U.S. Northcom had not lost a match in three years. Due to scheduling conflicts in the past, this was the first time we had even been in the same gym together.”

Once the first serve landed, each team strung together flawless rallies of bumps, sets and spikes that kept everyone in the stands on edge. The offensive power of each team was incredible, which left the deciding factor of the games for both team’s defense to decide.

The score bounced back and forth during all three games, but in the end one team dominated each game.

“Both teams played the match to the edge with each game decided by two points or less,” said Ahner. “The last game was decided by one point because of the point cap of 27. There were lead changes throughout, but WSA finished each game with strong intensity for the victory. This lived up to the many years of anticipation this competition had promised.”

In good Air Force sportsmanship fashion each team high-fived and congratulated one another on winning their respective league and playing their absolute best.

Though for now, WSA and the night league will hold the title of Peterson Volleyball Grand Champion, that isn’t to say that next year they couldn’t get “bumped” off.

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