Deacons men proved too much for Chargers to handle last night in round two of the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One League showdown with a hard-fought 3-1 triumph.
Whenever these two powerhouses in local volleyball meet, it is always a battle to look forward to and last night at the Wildey Gymnasium was no different, even though Chargers did not bring their A game and lost 25-23, 25-21, 21-25 and 29-27.
Approaching the second technical time out of the first set Deacons led 15-14 and Chargers’ six footers Rommel Agard and Nicolas Mathias did well to block at the nets and tie the scores 15-15. But an error by Mark Lewis who spiked the ball off court gave Deacons the lead 16-15 and from there they upped their momentum and never looked back.
Once again Deacons were in charge 16-15 and after a shot down the middle by the tall man Lewis the scores were even at 16-16 and Deacons were made to work for every point they earned. At the same time they tried to maintain at least a two-point lead. Chargers were in a spot of bother, however, when setter Alain London picked up some form of injury. But that did not stop the national captain from playing. At that point the score was 20-18. When play resumed Chargers found a point by blocking an attack from Akeem Mayers on the outside but the young man redeemed himself with two ace serves and Deacons were back in it and went on to win the set.
Chargers, without Dale Addison, needed to bring themselves back into the game and they did exactly that in the third set which they won by four points. Deacons had themselves to blame as they had a lot of free balls and did not put them away and that allowed Chargers to come out on top.
The fourth set was close 8-7 to Deacons at the first technical time out and after that they took each point one by one as Chargers kept close tabs and they managed to lock the scores 26-26. But Deacons led by their hard-hitting captain Kyle Browne found two much needed points and won the game.
In other games played last night at the same venue Progressive won in straight sets 25-24, 25-18 and 31-29 in a keenly fought encounter between this year’s knockout kings and Barbados Juniors who did reasonably well despite losing in straight sets.
After leading 2-0 Progressive were looking to close out the third set and take the game but Juniors made them work for it. Juniors came from behind to lock the scores 17-17 and took the lead 20-18 thanks to their captain Carlos Cyrus who led from the front with some hard spikes down the middle along with Ahkeem Mayers.
Progressive, the more experienced of the two teams, did well to block at the nets and had the advantage 24-21 but again Juniors with their never-say-die attitude tied the points 24-24 and to make matters worse Mayers served into the nets to give Progressive the lead 25-24 as both sides traded point for point at that stage until the scores were 29-29. Then Mayers who appeared to be in good form served the ball off court and Progressive captain Akeem Payne finished the job with a spike down the middle.
Cawmere continued to struggle and lost in straight sets to Foundation United 25-17, 25-23 and 25-19. In the lone women’s game Deacons were victorious over Toners 24-26, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-18.