The women of Carlton Club continued to show signs of improvement with a 3-2 win over Chargers, when they met last night in the 2016 Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One Volleyball League at the Kensington Oval Bond.
Carlton were victorious 17-25, 25-20, 25-9, 21-25 and 15-12 in what was a keenly contested match that had spectators loudly voicing their opinions from the beginning to end of the game.
Led by captain Janelle Morris, Carlton were favored to win but they did not get off to the best of starts with Chargers taking a 1-0 lead compliments some hard hitting strokes from their captain Shakira Carter. She stood out at the nets with some vicious spikes that Carlton oftentimes failed to cover.
In the second set Carlton led 18-14 but Carter from the left swung big and frequently to cut the deficit down to just one point 17-18. But Carlton with the hard-hitting Shakira Jack and Rhea Bryant at their service gave Carlton the advantage at 23-17 even though Chargers remained positive and scored two points to keep themselves in the game at 19-23.
It was at that moment that Carlton’s coach Michael Brathwaite made a number of substitutions including former national player Ayesha Maycock who came off the bench to serve and it worked in their favour. Carlton went ahead 24-20 and Jack with a shot down the middle won the set for the ladies in red and tied the enounter at 1-1.
Chargers had no answers whatsoever in the third set as Carlton pounded them so hard they only managed to score nine points in the set.
Chargers, who did not field a team last year in the women’s competition, looked determined in last night’s game and with the help of junior national player Deshonta Addison setting some lovely balls for the attackers to finish, they were able to force a fifth set after winning the set by four points (25-21) and locking the showdown 2-2.
The scores were so close in the fifth and decisive set that only one point separated Chargers (12-11) from Carlton who held their nerves and scored the necessary points to seal the win with Ayo Greene being the one to see her side to victory with a shot that Charges were unable to dig.
In the other game played Pan American Life Insurance Warrens Sports Club brushed aside Toners 26-24, 20-25, 25-20 and 25-17 to take the game 3-1.