Toners upset Warrens’ seasoned line-up
Toners women came from behind to stun Warrens 3-1 last night at the Wildey Gymnasium in the ongoing Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One Volleyball League Tournament.
Warrens the 2015 knockout runners-up comfortably took the first set 25-17 but somewhere in the second lost their way with no point of return as Toners with the experienced Shenelle Pooler setting and captain Ashley Marshall on the outside to dispatch down the middle, leading them to win the next three sets 25-20, 26-24 and 25-16, and take the game.
That was perhaps the biggest win for the young Toners team this season against a Warrens unit that consist of a few experienced former national players namely captain Rhe-Ann Niles, Anthazia Mason and Talya Layne.
It was expected that Warrens would have taken the game in straight sets but Toners had other ideas, particularly demonstrated in the second set when the opposition led by one point, 16-15, at the second technical time out of the second set. Toners refused to give away any unnecessary points and took the advantage at 20-18 which resulted in Warrens calling time-out.
That little break did not make much of a difference as Jamelia Corbin made another one of her unforced errors on the night when she placed another ball into the nets trying to play a shot from the outside. Layne at that point by her reaction said enough was enough and came on court and with the scores at 23-18 she broke Toners serve with a shot on the left and they were handed another point when Aliyah Durant hit the ball off base.
That carried the tally to 23-20 but Toners took no chances and found two quick successive points when young Xhane Greenidge serve into the nets followed by a block shot from Niles that went off court.
The scores were levelled at 1-1 and as expected in the third set it was an exciting showdown for the lead. Marshall with a shot down the middle carried her side on to 24-23 but Warrens were back in it and locked the set 24-24 when Marshall herself touched the nets.
For some reason Warrens appeared unsettled and were all over the place making silly errors and as the saying goes, a calm mind brings inner self-confidence, and that was the case for Toners who went ahead 25-24 thanks to Mason’s rare mistake when she put one in the nets and captain Marshall finished it off for Toners with a spike that Warrens failed to defend.
That was the kind of confidence Toner needed and it showed when they made light work of Warrens in the fourth period with a nine-point win.
Knockout queens Flow Sentry Deacons were also in action and they were made to work for their victory against the young Barbados Junior Girls who showed lots of fight but in the end were defeated 3-2 by Deacons, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 25-15 and 15-11. The result places Deacons in an excellent position to do the double this year.
The Club could not hold off Carlton who won 26-24, 17-25, 25-22 and 25-22 when the two sides met.