Deacons and Rockets still on a roll
Both Flow Sentry Brokers Deacons and Brydens Rockets continued their unbeaten run towards a collision course for the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One volleyball league title when the women’s action continued on Monday night at the Wildey Gym.
Deacons moved to a maximum 25 points from a 5-0 record by dismissing deposed knockout queens Warrens Jaguars in straight sets 25-23, 25-19, 25-22, while the Rockets soared to a similar status by crushing Freekz Customz Chargers 25-19, 25-11, 25-16.
Six-footers Fabia Greaves and Julia Lewis, along with the consistent De-Ann Smith of Deacons, proved too potent for Warrens who, with a 3-2 record and 16 points, will need to make up a lot of ground to realistically keep any hopes of retaining the women’s title.
Warrens played one of their worst games in the face of a progressively improving Deacons.
With Warrens’ setter Sophia Walcott repeatedly going to young Jamilia Edwards, while ignoring the in-form Rhe-Ann Niles, Greaves, in particular, exploited the quick attack and bombed the current league queens with frightening power.
Veterans Anthazia Mason and Talya Layne tried to pull a set back in the third when they surged from 15-21 to lock the scores at 22. However, a shut-out of Niles by Walcott and then Deacons doomed Warrens to look for a third or fourth spot.
The Rockets started without setter Andrea Flores, who was at work, but that provided little respite for the struggling Chargers as Shari Matthews and Katrina Wickham attacked with venom, compliments of sets from six-footer Anicia Wood.
Former Rocket Avara Brown and Thonya Joseph tried to counter for Chargers but when Flores turned up in the second set, it was almost an overkill, with Wood reverting to her spiking role while handing some stiff blocks to Chargers, who are 3-2 with 15 points.
The battle to avoid long-term leasing of the cellar saw RBC Carlton surging from two sets down to stop Club United 25-22, 16-25, 15-25, 25-18, 15-13. Both teams displayed great defence with young Mya Evelyn attacking well for Club as six-footer Tamisia Trotman starred in spikes and blocking for Carlton.
Both Carlton and Club have ended the first round, with Carlton earning seven points from a 1-5 effort, while Club will enter round two on five points after losing their six matches.
The lone men’s game saw Progressive beating Foundation United 25-23, 25-13, 25-16, with Foundation ending the first round on four points and no wins from five matches.
Progressive have joined Coverley Medical Centre Deacons in the second spot to Chargers with 17 points from three victories. The unbeaten Chargers are 4-0 with 20 points.