Harrison College began their quest for the Massy United-sponsored National Sports Councils’ Senior Girls Volleyball League title with a 2-1 victory over the St Michael School Monday evening.
Playing at home Harrison College won 25-6, 23-25 and 15-7 over St Michael who clearly did not have a strong attack on their return to competition after taking a one-year break. One of last year’s losing semifinalists in the league, Harrison College got off to a good start in the competition with a much stronger team that included three national players in Ashley Jordan, Donnique Alleyne and Janiah Drakes.
Harrison College were in total control over St Michael School led by Xhane Greenidge, a youth national player and a member of Pan American Life Insurance Warrens Sports Club volleyball team.
In the first set the hosts led 8-1 and 16-2 at the first and second technical time out and after those intervals they continued with the same style of play that consisted of decent serves, good passes and great execution over the nets.
Conversely, St Michael did not have the best of starts, knocking the ball off court and on those rare occasions when they did get it right they were unable to respond accordingly hitting into the nets and were unable to defend most of the serves that came their way.
At 18-2 to College St Michael needed a response from somewhere and it came through Telielle Chapman with a good shot to break the serve and St Michael capitalized with three consecutive points but Harrison College kept focus and won the set by a whopping 19 points.
St Michael returned to play in the second set with much more confidence and they led 8-5 as College made a few unforced errors after they began to play in a somewhat complacent manner. In fact their top players Jordan, Alleyne and Drakes did not even start the set and St Michael took advantage and were out front at 16-13.
After the break College did not get off to the best of starts with Sarah Springer hitting into the nets but she redeemed herself with a good serve as the hosts came back strong to take the lead 17-15 thanks to the return of Jordan, Alleyne and Drakes.
Unfortunately for Harrison College Springer sent a serve off court to give St Michael the momentum as Greenidge led by example and allowed the girls from Martindale’s Road to not only equalize 1-1 but also force a third and decisive set.
This time around College did not intend to lapse with the opposition and they rushed to an 8-3 lead before going on to win 15-7.