Senior lessons

Chargers put juniors in their place

While thousands might have been grooving to reggae at Farley Hill sports fans were treated to a thrilling contest between Chargers and Barbados Juniors in Barbados Volleyball Association’s Division Two action at the Garfield Sports Complex last night.

Chargers eventually defeated Barbados Juniors 3-1 but it was no easy walk in the park. The final results were 25-21, 11-24, 24-26 and 25-27 as the Chargers showed their experience to come from behind and take the contest.

The Juniors really put up a fight in the best of five sets encounter which started from the first set when Chargers led 8-6 and 16-8 at the two mandatory breaks. Then Juniors brought themselves back into the game to lead 22-21 and eventually went on to win 25-21.

The first set seemed to be a wake-up call for Chargers as led by Dale Addison they upped their intensity both offensively and defensively and stormed to 16-5 scoreline by the time the second time out of that set was called. Addison and his men found the answer for the juniors both close to the net and deeper on defense where they returned almost everything the Juniors had to offer.  Chargers would level the contest with the 24-11 set result.

It was then that the Juniors and Chargers really became engaged in a stirring battle.

Jamelle Layne of Chargers powerfully striking the ball from the outside while Barbados Juniors pair of Omari Taylor (left) and Shamar Bishop try to block.
Jamelle Layne of Chargers powerfully striking the ball from the outside while Barbados Juniors pair of Omari Taylor (left) and Shamar Bishop try to block.

There were some unforced errors made by Chargers in the third set and Juniors under the inspiration of Andriy Stapleton keenly contested every offensive move by the Chargers. A few spikes were retrieved by Juniors with some scrambling defense and they would lead 8-5 and 16-11 at the intervals. Like the previous set Chargers had to produce some good serves and defence to stay in the contest and this they did to tie the scores at 19.

Juniors then took the lead 20-19 when Chargers served the ball into the nets. But once again Addison with his wealth of experience spurred on his team with a smash down the middle and locked the scores at 20. Despite two ferocious spikes through the middle from Shamar Bishop who often got the ball past Chargers’ defense, at the end of it all the game went 26-24 to Chargers.

It was do or die for Juniors who were down by a mere two points 16-14 and managed bring themselves back into the penultimate set at 24-24 but Jumal Corbin and Addison manipulated the Juniors’ defense at times with a few soft touches over the net and even though the Juniors did well to keep their “seniors” on their toes Chargers always found the edge when needed and duly ended the contest at 27-25.

Also in division two last night Barbados Junior Pride females defeated Foundation United 25-19 and 25-9. Toners also played and lost to LIME women 25-22 and 25-14. Barbados Youth Pelican women overcame Carlton 25-20, 20-25, 15-12. In the third division Chargers defeated Deacons women 25-23, 25-22.

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