QC and BCC volleyball champs
Barbados Community College (BCC) and Queen’s College (QC) are the 2014 Massy and National Sports Council Secondary School Senior Volleyball League champions.
Last evening at the Wildey Gymnasium Queen’s College, the defending champions, defeated Christ Church Foundation (CCF) in straight sets 28-26, 26-24 to re-capture the the senior girls’ title.
While QC would have been hoping to clinch the boys’ title as well, they went down to BCC 21-25, 25-22, 10-25, in a hard-fought series.
It was the third consecutive boys’ finals which QC had lost.
Trailing 16-15 in the opening set of the girls’ contest, QC coach Andrew Brathwaite opted to bring his best hitter, Ashley Marshall, into the game and it paid immediate dividends.
No sooner had she entered, Marshall hit a scorching ball right down the middle which pierced CCF’s defence. Despite the scores remaining close, QC were able to close out the opening set and take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, QC transformed a close 8-8 scoreline, into a comfortable 16-9 lead, as they looked certain to march to their second title in as many years.
However, led by former national junior player Dannielle Brathwaite, CCF staged a stunning comeback
to lock the scores at 23.
QC were then forced to stave off a set-point, before winning the next two points, with Kayle James delivering the knockout punch, to seal the deal for the girls from Husbands.
Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY the team’s intention was to play aggressive volleyball but admitted that they were a bit surprised at CCF who caused a few challenges for them. “We were a little surprised with the intensity that they came out with and we had to really settle down, but the strategy for us was to go at them strong and serve strong but that did not work as well as we expected.”
However he said the team’s main objective was to defend its title and he was extremely happy with their overall performance by playing unbeaten in the tournament.
“It feels really good. We wanted to create history for Queen’s College. We never repeated as champions and the girls worked really hard and we are happy with the result,” Brathwaite added.
In the boys showdown BCC were led by their dynamic four of Kimar Hinds, Atiba Best, Stephen Packers and Carlos Cyrus.
Ironically, that quartet also combined to deny QC in 2013, helping Coleridge and Parry to win the title.
BCC won the first set easily 25-21 even though QC’s national junior player Adam Niles played his usual aggressive game.
His play helped them to win the second set and even the contest at 1-1.
Led by their coach, Daron Knight, though, BCC ran away with the decisive set 15-10, to spark wild celebrations from their fans.