Champs cruise into volleyball knockout semi-finals
Reigning kings Barbados Bearings Progressive have advanced into the semi-final round of the Goddard Enterprises Limited Senior Volleyball Knockout after defeating Cawmere in straight sets last night at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Progressive, led by Fabian Cox, brushed aside their opponents 25-17, 25-20 and 26-24 in the best of five sets preliminary showdown when the two teams met in group A.
There was another exciting preliminary game in group B between long-time rivals Chargers and Deacons men with Chargers emerging the victors. Deacons won the opening set 17-25 but Chargers were able to respond with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-16 and 15-12 score-line in a keenly contested game that went down to the wire.
Chargers got off to a slow start 8-3 and 16-12 at the two respective mandatory breaks and eventually Deacons won the set. Deacons then carried that momentum into the second set taking the score to 15-13 but a knee injury to one of their star players Sheldon Roach forced him to sit out the remainder of the game. This allowed Chargers led by the experienced Dale Addison along with national player Ammuniki Wood and company to fight their way back and lock the scores at 24 and eventually take the set.
Deacons from there on began to make several simple errors even though they had a good game from hard-hitting national player Andriy Stapleton on the outside.
The men might have been beaten but Deacons women who are sponsored by Flow Sentry Brokers were on the victorious end as they defeated Carlton in straight sets 25-21, 25-18 and 25-23 to top group D and continued their unbeaten streak.
Defending champions Brydens Rockets got off to a good start against Toners by winning the first set 25-22 but lost the other three 25-17, 25-21 and 25-17 as Toners booked their place in the semi-final.
Deacons’ men will now play Cawmere while Foundation United will take on Juniors in the quarterfinal games scheduled for next week.