Giants back in game
The Goddard Enterprises Ltd division one volleyball league race is an open affair once again.
Defending champions RBTT Deacons scored a timely victory over the 2010 knockout kings Progressive when the competition restarted at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Thursday night.
Progressive seemed to be carrying a full team of inform players and also appeared to be on top in the trash talk, but they somehow folded to a Deacons team with most of the players holding on to Elwyn Oxley’s cape. Deacons won 24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 18-25.
Fabian Cox, Renier Grace, Akeem Payne and Rene Archer scored a number of crunching kills to suggest that Progressive might prove natural contenders to do the double this season.
However, they stuttered at the wrong time, allowing Oxley and crew to haul themselves back into contention after opening the season with a shock loss to Cawmere.
Earlier, Chargers were stunned by Sunpower Foundation United in the battle between the two national setters, Dale Addison and Alain London. Foundation won 25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 27-29.
Chargers took the first set before collapsing after London turned up from the second set.
Chargers’ very flat game was exploited by Foundation, with London unleashing a varied attack that Chargers’ defenders could not restrain.
The hitting height of Romel Agard, the cocky play of Adium Cobham, the relentless attack of Kengie Matthews, the hyper activity of Nate Williams and the mystifying spikes from Mark Padmore confounded and condemned Chargers to what might be another season of being mere contenders.
Foundation’s victory was their first for the season and they survived a surge in the fourth set to shut out Chargers.
With the score at 13-13, Agard served into the net to hand Chargers set point 14-13, before Gregory Burke also served into the net to put the set back on even keel.
A back-and-forth battle ended with Foundation getting home 29-27.
Earlier in the all-boys contests, newboys O-Aces fought from two sets down and game and match point 10-14, in the decisive set to edge Friendly Hall 22-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-16.
Cawmere experienced no such drama as they buried the BNB Juniors 25-14, 25-16, 25-16.