Deacons hammer Chargers
Double crown kings Chargers looked nothing more than caretaker rulers when true royalty in the form of Deacons turned up to plaster the 2011 champions in straight sets as the Cooperators General Insurance volleyball knockouts continued at the Wildey Gym Monday night.
With a bunch of young guns who hit the ball with ferocity, Deacons trampled Chargers 25-15, 25-19, 25-18.
Veteran Dale Addison, who has reverted to an attacker, along with Dwayne Howell and Jamaican Mark Lewis, tried hopelessly to hit Chargers out of the ravine of defeat.
However, the attack, net and ground defence of the obviously superior Deacons made the expected cracker nothing more than a soppy biscuit.
With setter Ronald Rice running a deadly offence, captain Jamaal Nedd, along with youngsters Daran Gill, Kyle Browne, Sheldon Roach, and the high jumping Klode Thompson signalled that Deacons were ready to reclaim their throne.
The play of libero Victor Griffith, who seemed to have found his calling in a Deacons’ jersey after trying on spikers’ outfits at Chargers, Friendly Hall and Progressive, was impressive.
On the other hand, Chargers’ rookie Shaquille Gibson had to be shielded from passing after his clear lack of experience and skills were exploited by Deacons’ servers.
Earlier, Cawmere stopped Foundation United 25-22, 25-22, 25-27, 25-14, with veteran Cedric Proverbs, along with Raffael Lovell and Gavin Brewster, taking advantage of a Foundation team which sought to capture early points before fading at critical junctures.
The women’s action saw Warrens defeating an inconsistent Safe Carlton 25-19, 25-18, 25-23.
Brydens Rockets continued their unbeaten run by melting Toners 25-17, 25-27, 25-19, 25-20.
Although the Toners are yet to win a match for the 2012 season, they can boast that they have bettered Chargers and Deacons in taking a set from the red-hot Rockets.