Rockets misfire

Carlton ensure new champs will be crowned

There will be new queens crowned this year after the Carlton Club delivered a major 3-2 upset to oust 2014 champions Brydens Rockets in their quarterfinal game of the Goddard Enterprises Limited Senior Volleyball Knockout played last night at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Carlton played superbly to win the best of five sets showdown 25-19, 27-25, 15-25, 20-25 and 15-7 and secure their place in the semifinals where they will take on Flow Sentry Insurance Deacons.

Carlton Club (in red) defeated 2014 queens Brydens Rockets to advance into the semi-finals.
Carlton Club (in red) defeated 2014 queens Brydens Rockets to advance into the semi-finals.

Both Carlton and Deacons are placed in group D which should make for an interesting battle. Carlton will seek to redeem themselves after they were defeated in straight sets by Deacons who had already booked a place into the semi-final since last Wednesday.

Despite last night’s defeat credit must be given to Rockets for putting up an inspired fight after they were down 2-0 and came back to win the third and fourth sets. But in the end they just could not hold off Carlton who were very dominant in the decider.

Also advancing to the semi-final is last year’s losing finalists Pan American Life Insurance Warrens women who served up a three- straight sets thumping of Club United 25-13, 25-14 and 25-18. Warrens will look to come one better than they did last year in order to capture the title. However they would need to get pass Toners in the semis.

Andriy Stapleton (third right) of Deacons unleashes a huge spike over Cawmere’s defence. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Andriy Stapleton (third right) of Deacons unleashes a huge spike over Cawmere’s defence. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

In the men’s showdown Deacons took care of Cawmere in straight sets 25-19, 25-14 and 25-22 thanks mainly to strong attacking plays on the outside. Camwere should have won the third set when they were in command at 8-3 and 16-11 at the two mandatory breaks. But Deacons, under the shrewd instructions of coach Andrew Culpepper, did well to pull the set back at 21-21 and with a series of big blocks to deny Cawmere’s offensive efforts, put the game away much to the chagrin of the Waterford lads’ supporters.

Former champions Deacons, in group B, will play reigning champions Progressive out of group A in the semi-finals and that is a match-up certainly not to be missed.

Meanwhile the Juniors in group A had an straight 25-18, 25-21 and 25-20 victory over Foundation United who had their moments in the contest before succumbing to their stronger opponents.  Juniors will face Chargers in group B and that should also be an interesting game when the youth take on the experienced on Wednesday in the semi-final match-ups at the Wildey Gymnasium commencing at 6:30 p.m.

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