Chargers remain unbeaten
Knockout queens Chargers made a mockery of the close battles for the final positions at the end of the Goddard Enterprises Division one volleyball league’s first round with a facile dismissal of Warrens at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Sunday night.
With Dania Hamilton and Sharon Bovell at the head of a relentless assault piloted by setter Akelah Blenman, the Chargers ended the round unbeaten with a maximum 30 points from a 6/0 record by thumping Warrens 25-19, 25-13, 25-16. That loss left Warrens in fifth spot with two wins and 12 points.
The tussle for second spot between The Rockets and Sentry Insurance Brokers Deacons went all the way in a tight contest, with The Rockets getting home 25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 19-17. They will enter round 2 with a 5/1 record and 26 points while in 4/2 Deacons record will have 23 points.
The closeness of those score reflected the bruising battle between the Rockets’ Shari Matthews, Anicia Wood and Katrina Wickham and Deacons’ Annette Chapman, Julia Lewis and Fabia Greaves. Sadly, both teams seemed keen to show how well they could play before throwing away strong positions.
The fractious protesting of Deacons to a number of the officials’ calls did not win them many friends or points. Even so, Chapman played a monster game in defence and attack which looked like it would carry Deacons to victory. But after fighting back from 6-10 in the decider to lock the scores at 13, Deacons failed to finish and with set and game point being traded, the error prone duo of six-foot Paula Nicholls and setter Leila Pieper teamed up to block Chapman and give the Rockets the win.
Earlier Carefree Toners pipped Plus The Club 13-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-22, 15-13 to finish with a 3/3 record and 16 points. The Club’s 0/6 record leaves them in the cellar with three points while Safe Security Carlton will enter round two on eight points and a 1/6 record.