Carlton romp to first victory
Carlton scored their first win and the biggest upset for the season when the Goddard Enterprises Limited senior volleyball action continued with a full programme on Sunday night at the Wildey Gymnasium.
With no hope of advancing to the play-offs, Carlton won their final knockout game by handing Brydens Rockets their first loss of the year, 25-20, 27-25, 25-18. With former Caribbean MVP Shari Matthews missing due to illness, the reserves struggled to stop Carlton, who boast the tallest and most error prone team in the league.
Later, Pan American International Insurance Corporation Warrens Jaguars rebounded from their last game five-set loss to Sentry Brokers Deacons by stopping Club United 25-21, 25-19, 25-23.
Warrens started with Lisa Austin setting while leaving former national setter Sophia Walcott on the bench. With Club challenging for a win, that ploy was abandoned with Anthazia Mason and Talya Layne taking advantage of Club’s pet play of leading them and giving up points in bunches.
In the absence of libero Tonya Forde, Club looked a disorganised group in ground play and their tendency to self-destruct was highlighted when they lost the second set at 19 after leading 19-17.
The Juniors boys continued to excite the fans when they upset former champions Progressive in a five-setter, although Progressive welcomed back former captain Renier Grace. Young Andriy Stapleton was at the forefront of the Juniors’ 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10 triumph.
With the Juniors executing some stifling blocks on Rico Brathwaite, Grace and others, Progressive did themselves no good in promoting the idea that in the absence of Chargers they will contend with Deacons for the vacant knockout crown.
One team that will not be seriously considered will be Foundation United who went down to Coverley Medical Centre Deacons 13-25, 19-25, 17-25.