Cave Hill spike Mona
Cave Hill Blackbirds made a successful even if unimpressive step towards winning the men’s volleyball title of the 27th UWI Campus games when their men dismissed Mona in straight sets, 25-19, 26-24, 28-26 on Monday night at the Barbados Community College Gym.
Mona had lost an opening five-setter to St Augustine on Sunday and they desperately needed a win to remain in contention.
They took a 6-3 lead in the first set but their game of attack and defence was sub-par and the Blackbirds easily took charge of the first set before committing some silly errors including a spate of service errors.
Mona came back before losing the first set to the great delight of the Cave Hill supporters who packed the gym.
Cave Hill’s players continued to celebrate each point with the exuberance of the cheerleaders but the six who played all three sets were never consistent enough to blow away the weak Mona squad.
While Eadium Cobham, Jason Hunte, Robert Gooding, Jason Griffith and Raphael Anthony scored some impressive kills, their service, spiking and general unforced errors could be costly when they meet St Augustine.
Those blips were exposed in the third set when Cave Hill slipped from 17-14 up to trail 19-21.
The scores were locked from 21 up to 26, with Alain London and Hunte adding to the drama by serving into the net before Cave Hill limped home 28-26.
Earlier the St Augustine girls recovered from their loss to Cave Hill and started Mona’s double blow by winning a two hour and 25 minutes marathon 25-13, 24-26, 25-12, 28-30, 15-13.