The men of Barbados Bearing and Gittens Landscaping Progressive team dug deep last night to take a hard fought 3-2 win over Cawmere in the ongoing 2016 Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One League Volleyball Competition.
Played at the Kensington Oval Bond, the score-line read 22-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16 and 15-10 in favour of Progressive.
Cawmere, with most of the same team from last year and the inclusion of Jamaican volleyball sensation Robert Andrews, got off to a good start in the opening set even though Progressive captained by Rico Brathwaite led 8-5 and 16-14 at the first and second technical time out. This advantage came compliments of excellent from the experienced Fabian Cox, Akeem Payne and Chioke Holder.
Cawmere however fought their way back and tied the scores 17-17 before taking the lead at 18-17 as both sides attacked the ball and traded points until the scores were locked 22-22. Cawmere played good defence at the nets, inclusive of a great block by Mark Lewis and Lovell to deny an attack from Payne. From there on the lads in their traditional yellow and blue grew in confidence to take the set by three points.
As expected Progressive came strongly back in the second set because they needed to at least level the game and give themselves a chance of not losing grip on the contest.
The match was so close in the second set that both teams were 16-16 at one stage and the two teams went at each other with some fantastic serves, excellent digs and hard spikes. But Progressive did well enough to ensure they won by five points at 25-20.
It seem as though there was a bit of rivalry going on between Andrews of Cawmere who was impressive with his powerful short serves and rocket spikes down the middle against Cox of Progressive who tried to show Andrews he could spike them just as hard. Former national volleyball player Shawn Simpson also showed his capabilities with vicious shots of his own that Progressive oftentimes had no response for.
Cawmere had the momentum going once more in their favour by clinching a 2-1 lead at 25-18 in the third set. At this stage one could have sensed that these two teams were not about to just give anything away and that was very evident in the fourth set when Progressive pounded Cawmere 25-16 to make the showdown even-steven at 2-2 forcing a fifth and decisive set.
Progressive were in the lead rather early at 8-6 and they never looked back as the men in blue coached by Marcus Green took the set by five points.
In the other game played Chargers brushed aside All Stars in convincing fashion 25-16, 25-22 and 25-17.