Jaguars maul Rockets
League queens Warrens Jaguars mauled the knockout champions Brydens Rockets when the Co-operators General Insurance senior volleyball knockouts continued on Wednesday night at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Warrens made nonsense of an expected big clash with an 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 win over Rockets. They were led by the multi-talented Rhe-Ann Niles with solid support from former Barbados captain Anthazia Mason and Talya Layne.
Warrens also rubbed salt in their opponents’ wounds with the consistent Lisa Austin playing great defence and her occasional attack which she would have played for Rockets up to the last season.
However, Rockets can only blame themselves for failing to win the second and third sets after their professionals, Shari Matthews and Anicia Wood, gave them great leads.
The inexperience of new setter Amber Alleyne cost the sets and game as she inexplicably went to lesser attackers when she often had Matthews and Wood in the front court.
Rockets’ line-up where Matthews and Wood rotated to the back court together meant the defending champions often bled points when that duo was absent from the front court for two rotations. More than eight setting fouls blown on Alleyne at critical stages, also allowed Warrens to move to 2-0 while the Rockets stuttered to 1-1.
Once again, RBC Carlton snatched a set but still dropped to 0-2 as they folded to Chargers 25-16, 17-25, 25-10, 25-14. Flow Sentry Brokers Deacons dropped Club United to 0-2 by winning their first match of the season 25-17, 25-23, 25-23.
The lone men’s game saw Juniors dismissing Foundation United 25-21, 25-19, 25-20. Juniors, who are now 2-0 have a potent line-up where they can enjoy the luxury of rotating their starting six without affecting the strength of the unit.