Defending champions, British American Insurance Chargers squandered a golden opportunity to shake off a poor knockout run and to put another dent in RBTT Deacons’ bid to clinch a 17th league title when the Goddards Enterprises Limited division one volleyball league continued on Wednesday night at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Chargers held Deacons on the ropes but could not deliver the knockout punch as the volleyball giants rose to take the key game, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8. Deacons had shockingly lost to Berger Friendly Hall two nights earlier.
Another loss would have been worrying and historic since Deacons have not lost back to back matches in over 10 years. The return of Barbados captain, Elwyn Oxley and the versatile Andrew Culpepper to the line-up was expected to hand Deacons a smooth win.
Furthermore, Chargers were missing last season’s MVP Damien Danzell who had left the island on holiday and the injection of some of their division two players was not supposed to cause Deacons any concerns.
However, the contribution of Deacons’ setter Rodney Mayers’ younger brother, Rene Mayers as libero for Chargers proved to be key in reception and defence. Unfortunately, Chargers spent too much time holding the lion’s tail rather than going for the jugular.
Deacons took the first set, as expected and then they went into a slump for an energized Chargers to hold the advantage in sets two and three. A close fourth set went to Deacons with Oxley, Culpepper and a reawakened Andy Jordan carrying the match to five sets.
Chargers never looked menacing in the deciding set with Deacons rushing to an, 8-4, advantage which Jordan, Oxley and Jamaal Nedd built on to carry their record to 1/1.
Earlier the losing knockout finalists, Greaves Transport & Services Progressive brought Berger Friendly Hall back to earth with a trouncing, 25-17, 25-13, 25-17. Cawmere’s 2008 misery continued as they lost their seventh game of the season by going down to Foundation United, 16-25, 25-19, 16-25, 20-25.
Cawmere welcoming back national player and Caribbean squash champion, Shawn Simpson did not alter their fortune. They actually lead Foundation, 12-8, in set four before inexplicably slipping to, 12-20. The lone women’s game saw the knockout queens, Sentry Insurance Brokers Deacons beating the BNB Juniors, 25-14, 25-13, 25-14.