Sunday, August 25, 2013 - The Juniors romped to an impressive 3/0 record when the Goddard Enterprises Ltd senior volleyball knockouts continued on Sunday at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Playing their high level of attack and defence, the Juniors defeated Cawmere 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18 on a night which saw the women’s fixtures being scuttled by a malfunctioning basketball ring on the B court. Cawmere welcomed two former Barbados juniors to their squad in setter Jamal Branch and the high leaping Ricardo Yearwood.
However, the combined might of Jabarry Goodridge, Ammuniki Wood, Andriy Stapleton and Carlos Cyrus proved too potent for Cawmere who saw their Barbados player Shawn Simpson playing his fiery spiking game to keep in the battle. The Juniors’ lead of the standings will be tested tonight when they meet the defending champions Deacons at 6.30.
On Sunday night a rebuilding Deacons met a Foundation team which displayed great spirit in going down 25-22, 31-29, 25-18. Darien Seale who plays for the Juniors as well as Foundation along with Kevin Harding provided an unexpected fight for Foundation.
The superior attack of Deacons’ Kyle Browne and Sheldon Roach neutralized the fine setting from Ramon Blades who came over from Cawmere this year. In spite of having too many rotations where no penetrative spiker was in the front court, Foundation should have taken at least one set.
Costly errors with serves and reception as well as poor attack from the support spikers denied Foundation their first set of the season and suggest a bleak 2013.
An equally bleak forecast is predicted for former kings Progressive who tumbled to their second loss going down to the league champions Chargers in four sets 25-19, 25-15, 26-28, 28-26. The slimly built Akeem Payne returned to the court to give some assistance to attackers, Fabian Cox’ Reneir Grace and Junior Cyrus.
However, the blocking prowess of Mark Lewis, Romel Agard, Junior captain Wood and setter Alain London made Progressive’s attack meaningless. The inability to stop Jamaican Lewis who blasted from both front and back court constantly created headaches for Progressive. But, after squeaking home in the third set, Progressive let slip the chance to go to a decider when they lost a 22-20 advantage as well as later set points in the fourth set.