Chargers closer to double
Chargers moved closer to claiming the double in volleyball, while Sentry Insurance Deacons continued to fade in the mist when 14 Division One teams took to the court on Sunday at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Chargers scored a predictable and easy victory over the winless Plus Thus Club 25-22, 25-15, 25-19, to keep their unbeaten record intact.
On the other hand, Deacons with a full roster of their “big ones” were destroyed in straight sets by the Rockets 10-25, 24-26, 21-25.
After recovering from the first-set mauling by Shari Matthews and Anicia Wood, Deacons seemed headed to even the contest when they led 22-14, in the second set. However, someone confused the labels for the “finish off”and the “self-destruct” buttons as Deacons’ roster of six-footers and national players folded to their second loss which damned their hopes of taking the league title.
While Chargers will be comfortable in opening up a lead on all challengers, their drubbing of the Rockets in the knockout finals should also inspire Chargers to completing the double.
Matthews’ heading off to a professional contract in Romania will also hurt the Rockets’ chances of overhauling Chargers.
Carlton almost won their first game of the season before they were pipped by former queens Carefree Toners 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-16, 15-13.
The four men’s games sprung no surprises although Cawmere would be disappointed in losing a five-setter for the second successive game.
With Jon Jo Reece home for one game, Cawmere seemed to have the upper hand on an inconsistent Sunpowwer Rockets, before tripping at the line 19-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20, 19-21.
Reece appeared to have a magical hand in scoring everything for Cawmere except for the final ball, which he shockingly hit outside after his team had countered everything from Foundation’s Nate Williams, Eadium Cobham and Kengie Matthews to set up the marathon fifth set.
Earlier in the evening Progressive bounced the BNB Juniors 25-11, 25-23, 25-13, RBTT Deacons exacted vengeance for their shocker in the knockouts by beating new-boys O-Aces 25-18, 25-16, 25-14.
Friendly Hall will be hoping that one of their key players concludes other business this week and returns boostedby cow heel soup and roasted breadfruit to offer them some hope of getting out of the cellar after they went under to Chargers 19-25, 15-25, 14-25.