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Progressive and rockets win volleyball tourney

Gourmet Xpress Progressive and Brydens Rockets are the new kings and queens of the Goddard Enterprises Volleyball Knockout Tournament staged last night at the Wildey Gymnasium, St Michael.

In the featured game between the men, Progressive defeated powerhouses Deacons 3-1 in an exciting clash while in the females’ match-up played earlier Rockets opposed Pan-American International Insurance Corporation Warrens and had a similar 3-1 result to take the women’s crown.

Deacons' Kyle Browne's (2) spike is met with stout defending from Progressive's Rico Brathwaite (right) and Chioke Holder (second right).

Deacons’ Kyle Browne’s (2) spike is met with stout defending from Progressive’s Rico Brathwaite (right) and Chioke Holder (second right).

This is Progressive’s second knockout title in five years and it was not a walk in the park against a solid Deacons team which had the likes of Andriy Stapleton, Daran Gill, Sheldon Roach, Klode Thompson and Jamaal Nedd at the helm of things. Progressive won the first set 29-27 and came back to win the second 25-22 to carry them one step closer to winning the showdown. However Deacons going into the third set came on court fired up after receiving a talking to from veteran coach Andrew Culpeper on the sidelines.

Deacons literally took the momentum from Progressive when they came from being two down to win the third set 26-16 which made the game even more interesting. Going into the pen-ultimate set, Progressive coach Marcus Green told his player they had to finish off Deacons in the fourth set and they adhered and did exactly that at 25-18 with national player Fabian Cox and company delivering a stellar performance to take home the big trophy in that set.

Green told Barbados TODAY this was the first season he had coached the team and for him the victory was expected. “We work really hard, we put in a lot of training and a lot of guys were reaching peek form so it was kind of expected this time around. The squad is well balanced with most of the guys ranging between ages 24 to 25 except Renee Grace and Fabian Cox who are on their way out.”

Rockets’ women lead by their captain and the Caribbean’s Most Valuable Player Shari Mathews defeated Warrens women 25 to 19 in the first set but they came back to win the second set 25 to 21 which put the game at one set each. Rockets had a few powerhouses in their squad including national player Anicia Wood who returned to competition after being out of competition for a while and spurred by such talent they duly won the third set 25-16 and then wrapped up the fourth set 25-14 to win the women’s championship.

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