Barbados Community College (BCC) are still the kings of the Massy Stores-sponsored Senior Volleyball competition.
This afternoon in the final BCC lived up to expectations and delivered a stellar performance in front of their home fans to capture their second consecutive title in straight sets 25-14, 25-16 and 25-21 against Queen’s College. The Husbands, St James school played well but did not bring their A game to really challenge the host who had
a crop of mostly junior national players at their disposal.
BCC coach Lerone Knight was a happy man and rightfully so even though he said he wanted more power and competition from Queen’s College who failed to deliver.
“It was a lot easier than I thought it would have been. I was expecting a little more power coming from QC and I did not get that but it was a pretty ok match,” said Knight, who explained the fact that BCC offered two year programmes meant the team changed very often and actually made it a bit difficult to keep a core group together.
“Getting them to play together is the hardest part and when they come in it is only two weeks I actually get to work with them. So we go through the actual tournament working all the time with that team-building type of mentality. It is hard work but I have a good set of youngsters who turn up for training and even if there is basketball on the court they are outside training and I like that youngsters are willing to work,” Knight said.
BCC took the first point of the game in the first set but it was Queen’s College who were soon out front 8-6 ahead of the defending champions. But the lads from St James allowed BCC to take control thanks to unforced error. Akeil Stoute served and placed the ball into the nets. This was followed by Adam Niles with an aggressive shot that went out of bounds and when he tried to make up for it BCC’s defence denied him with a good block.
BCC allowed their opponents to make the mistakes and from there on the momentum was definitely in their favour with a 16-11 lead and they went on to take the game by an 11-point margin, thanks to national players Carlos Cyrus on the outside, with Stephen Packer, Shamar Bishop and Ashan Jordan along with Kristan Payne. Payne was praised by Knight for his outstanding performance in the middle with some lovely set pieces.
The second set was tied at 6-6 and Bishop with a shot followed up by strong defence at the nets from BCC allowed the champs to take a two-point advantage. Another BCC top gun Shevin Blades came on at this stage in place of Bishop and they progressed by seven points 16-9 and had the visitors in all sorts of trouble. At that stage Queen’s College coach Shone Hurdle decided to call time out in order to get his players more focused but that did not make a difference.
In the third set credit must be given to Queen’s College as they took the attack to BCC who made a few changes when Knight decided to bring on his most inexperienced players. That gave Queen’s College attacker Niles along with Stoute and Kore’ Denny an opportunity to play their shots but despite their efforts it was still not enough as BCC proved too good on the day.