Erazersand Central still calling shots
Erazers women and Central men continued their respective domination of the Easter Caribbean Seventh Day Adventist volleyball league when the competition climaxed with two exciting finals at the SDA school court on Saturday night.
Erazers defeated Southern FX, 25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 25-18 to capture the crown for the seventh time in a row while Central snared their tenth successive title with a working 25-14, 25-23, 25-22 dismissal of Unity.
The women’s contest swung back and forth with Southern FX showing little respect for the Erazers’ reputation as they kept in the hunt after losing the first set easily.
Erazers’ setter Carol-Ann Butcher ran a good offence with teenage player Mya Cox outshining her older teammates.
A number of generous substitutions at a score of 21-11 in the second set by Erazers saw Southern FX battling back with Keisha Cox leading the fight. Ironically, key Southern FX player Marissa Dowell went off with an injury at the end of that set and her team were able to snatch the third set. Even so, that was as much as they got as Erazers stepped up to take the fourth game and the match.
The much anticipated men’s finals fizzled in spite of some fight from Unity in the second and third sets. But, the play of Dale Addison and the relentless attack of Jamar Branch offered little hope to Unity who made too many errors in attack, blocking and ground defence.
While Branch seemed unstoppable at net, Unity’s attackers could not penetrate the net or the blocking of Addison. Even so, Unity’s plan seemed to be to play well enough to get within striking distance of their opponents before fading away to hand them another volleyball crown.