Chargers men and Pan American Life Insurance Warrens women both staved off stiff fifth set competition to come out on top in the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One Volleyball League played last night at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Warrens ladies led by captain Rhe-Ann Niles won against Flow Sentry Deacons 26-24, 21-25, 25-17, 15-25 and 15-12 to take the best of five sets showdown 3-2. That win has now placed Warrens on top of the standings with 38 points and a mere one point clear of this year’s knockout queens Deacons as they seek to do the double.
Providing that Warrens does not lose their remaining three games then they will automatically take the title by a one-point margin even if Deacons does not lose anymore of their upcoming matches.
The game was tied 2-2 and perhaps was no surprise to many as both Warrens and Deacons had a good mixture of players. Anthazia Mason and Talya Layne in particular assisted Niles in the frontcourt with some great shots while over on the other side for Deacons the veteran Julia Lewis, captain Mona Crawford and Sharlene Browne all put in a good effort to come from behind and level the game at 2-2. Then in the fifth and decisive set Deacons unfortunately made some errors that allowed Warrens to take a three-point win deserving of cupcake treats that they happily ate after the game.
Brydens Rockets women were also on court and they overcame strong resistance from Barbados Junior Girls to take that game 25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25 and 15-13.
In the men’s matchup Chargers without their ace setter and captain Alain London played well to come from behind and defeat Barbados Bearings Progressive 3-2. In fact it was Progressive who had the upper hand when they took the first set 25-14 comfortably. But they allowed Chargers to fight their way back in the second set which was much closer and finished at 25-21.
Then Progressive, the 2015 knockout kings, took control in a much closer third set and won 25-23. From there it was expected that Progressive would close it out in the fourth period but it was not meant to be as Chargers stamped their authority with a 25-16 win.
That caused the match to go into a fifth and decisive set but unfortunately for Progressive’s supporters the battle was not as close as expected. Chargers walked away with a five-point victory 15-10 thanks to Mark Lewis and Carlos Cyrus with some good shots and they were backed up well by interim captain Nicholas Mathias, Romel Agard and Shawn Barker who did a good job at the nets to block Progressive’s aggressive attackers Fabian Cox and captain Akeem Payne.
Flow Deacons men were in action and they made light work of Foundation United in straight sets 25-21, 25-11 and 25-15 to keep their hopes alive of winning the league.