It was a scare but Pan American Life Insurance Warrens Sports Club women dug deep and in the process defeated Flow Deacons 3-2 in the ongoing Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One Volleyball Competition.
Whenever these two teams meet one can expect competitive volleyball action and that is exactly how it went down with a five set battle Monday night at the Kensington Oval Bond, 25-19, 25-17, 15-25, 17-25 and 15-12 going to Warrens.
After the ladies from Jackson got off to a 2-0 start many were hoping for them to finish off Deacons (coached by Elwyn Oxley and Andrew Culpepper) in straight sets but that was perhaps wishful thinking. The former champions led by captain Mona Crawford showed lots of aggression to take some of the steam out of Warrens.
In the second set Warrens scored the first point but Deacons with the hard-hitting Julia Lewis, Shonte Seale and Deane Smith quickly got themselves in the game even though Warrens held their confidence to tie the scores 7-7. After a long rally between the two sides Abeje Carrington of Deacons scored to give them a one-point advantage at the first technical time out.
After the break Takima Daniel made two unforced errors when she hit into the nets and allowed Warrens to not only equalize but also take the lead. Those mistakes forced coach Oxley to sub her for the hard-hitting Lewis.
The scores were 12-12 when Talya Layne captain of Warrens produced two great serves to give them the lead at 14-12 and in the process caused Deacons’ coach Oxley to call time-out. It seemed whatever was said made no difference because they made the same mistakes which allowed Warrens to seize the momentum and capture the set.
Deacons needed to fire away at Warrens in the third set in order to stay alive in the game and that they did. Warrens were down by two points at 11-9 and Deacons slammed five straight points to take the advantage 16-9 at the second technical time out. After the break Deacons picked up from where they left off and produced some fantastic serves especially from Crawford followed by some great passes and finishes that Warrens had no answers for.
The scores were 23-15 in the third set when Rhe-Ann Niles, one of the top players in Warrens attack, served away and then followed that up with a bad pass to hand Deacons the set.
Warrens needed to win the fourth set and deny Deacons a chance for a fifth set showdown but the ladies in their traditional green were determined not to afford their opposition that benefit. Deacons were ahead 16-13 when Lewis and Seale took turns at opposite sides of the court with some vicious attacks to demolish their opponents by eight points and level the game at 2-2.
Warrens, with the likes of national player Anthazia Mason showing good form, held their nerves to ensure they came out on top in the fifth set by three points and prevent Deacons from causing an upset.
In the other game Carlton outplayed the Club 25-22, 14-25, 26-24 and 25-11.