GUYANA’S male team settled for a second-place finish at the recently concluded Inter-Guianas U-21 Male and Female Volleyball Tournament, which was played in French Guiana.Defending champions Guyana had stormed into the final of the event through victories over the home side and Suriname in the preliminaries, but according to information from the federation, the officials heavily favoured the home side in the championship clash.The Guyanese contingent were not the only ones dissatisfied with the calls, the technical official of the French Guiana Volleyball Federation also acknowledged it and promised to get overseas officials for the next event.Despite the ‘bad calls’, the visitors were able to take their opponents to five games in the best-in-three championship clash. Guyana won the opener 25-17, before French Guiana drew even at 25-18. The visitors bounced back to win game three 25-18 with French Guiana again fighting back for a 25-19 win in game four, before they sealed the win with a 15-12 victory in the final clash.In the two-best-in-three preliminary round of the May 3-4 tri-nation event, Guyana males had defeated French Guiana 25-21, 17-25 and 25-19 and Suriname 25-17, 19-25 and 25-21.Our female team did not fare well and were defeated in the preliminary round by both the home nation and Suriname, who played with more experienced players.INDIVIDUAL AWARDSAlong with the second-place trophy, Guyana took two individual awards. Captain Andy Rohoman was adjudged the best attacker, while his teammate Jaleel Roberts finished as the best blocker.President of the Guyana Volleyball Federation Levi Nedd indicated that the trip would not have been possible without the support of Director of Sport Christopher Jones.
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Ultimately, no excuses will do for an Alabama team that was still talented enough to beat Auburn. The Tigers earned the win, though the Iron Bowl serves as a microcosm for a frustrating, self-defeating season for the Crimson Tide — one that will see them miss the College Football Playoff for the first time ever. That might seem hyperbole for a team that went 10-2 in the regular season, but Alabama doesn’t hold to the same criteria for success as most other teams.MORE: How Alabama loss to Auburn affects Playoff race”I know our fans are disappointed, but I can promise you that our players are disappointed, and we’re all very, very disappointed,” Saban told reporters after the game. “It’s my responsibility to get our team to do these things better, and that certainly will be the goal in the future.”It must be, after Auburn capitalized on Alabama’s many miscues in every phase of the game.On offense, backup quarterback Mac Jones — who may lead the Tide next year — faced a Herculean task against a seemingly indomitable Tigers defense at Jordan-Hare Stadium, on the short list of college football’s most intimidating venues.To his credit, Jones completed 26 of 39 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. He also didn’t take a single sack. But he threw two pick-sixes, the first a simple overthrow of Jerry Jeudy and the second from first-and-goal at the Auburn 2. That’s a potential 28-point swing that can’t be discounted in a rivalry as vicious and unpredictable as the Iron Bowl.On special teams, it’s easy to point to kicker Joseph Bulavos’ missed field goal that would have tied the game with two minutes remaining. That continued the Crimson Tide’s kicking struggles this season, which has seen them complete 12 of 18 attempts. But Auburn defensive back Christian Tutt returned the Crimson Tide’s first punt of the game to the Tide 32. Auburn scored three plays later on the short field.Speaking of defense, Alabama allowed true freshman quarterback Bo Nix and sophomore running back JaTarvious Whitlow to extend drives and make big play after big play after big play. Those two combined for 331 of Auburn’s 354 yards on Saturday, which is actually well below their season average of 427 yards per game.But nothing cost Alabama more than its 13 penalties against Auburn. Those not only resulted in 96 negative yards, but also were a record for a Saban-coached Alabama team. Nowhere was that more evident than when Auburn lined up fourth-and-4 to punt the ball back for one last potential game-winning drive for Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s punt team was called for substitution infraction, giving Auburn a game-winning first down with 1:06 remaining.Saban said that was part of an unfair move by Gus Malzahn, but it’s on him to make sure his team has the right personnel on the field. Never before has Saban’s team been more vulnerable to self-inflicted wounds, and that showed more than ever on Saturday.MORE: Scores, highlights from wild Iron BowlSo what’s next for Alabama? A berth in either the Orange Bowl or Sugar Bowl is most likely, but it’d be a surprise if the Crimson Tide fielded a full-strength team in either scenario. The Tide can use that as a springboard into the 2020 season like its 2010 team did against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. Or excuses can be the dominant storyline again, much like the Tide’s 2008 team that lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama can blame whoever and whatever it wants for its 48-45 loss to Auburn on Saturday.It can blame the fact its defense — ravaged by injuries all season and down four key contributors against the Tigers — is the youngest and most inexperienced ever under Nick Saban. It can blame the fact it was without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was lost for the season against Mississippi State. It can blame a controversial last-second Auburn field goal before halftime, which proved the final difference in a wild Iron Bowl. The real question is what moves Saban makes this offseason, either voluntarily or necessitated by an exodus of coaching and player talent. Saban doesn’t rest on his laurels after seeing so many correctable mistakes, and he saw plenty in an undisciplined season in which his team commited more than any of his previous teams, perhaps since 2007. His 2019 team was talented enough to overcome those errors in its 10 wins, but they cost the Tide dearly in single-possession losses to LSU and Auburn.Some of that, of course, isn’t Saban’s fault. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game. Young, inexperienced players will inexorably make mistakes in high-pressure situations (of which Jordan-Hare definitely qualifies). That they occurred so prominently this late in the season, however, is an issue that must be addressed.In that sense, Alabama’s loss to Auburn was only a symptom of the Tide’s season-long woes.