Chargers take down Progressive

Chargers came from two sets down to defeat 2015 knockout kings Barbados Bearings Progressive 3-2 when action continued last night in the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division 1 Volleyball League played at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Knockout queens Flow Sentry Deacons also suffered their first defeat of the league when they went down in three straight sets to Pan American Life Insurance Warrens, 25-19, 28-26 and 25-20. In fact Deacons trounced Warrens recently to clinch the women’s title in the knockout finals and last night’s game was perhaps sweet revenge for the 2015 runners-up.

The game that had everyone’s attention was Progressive against Chargers who did extremely well after being down 25-22, 26-24 to overcome their opponents 25-21, 25-11 and 15-10 thanks to a great display of volleyball from the experienced Dale Addison along with the likes of six footers Mark Lewis and Rommel Agard at the nets. They managed to stop the threat that Progressive’s Fabian Cox and captain Akeem Payne posed on the outside with some powerful spikes.

The tall Mark Lewis of Chargers showed Progressive that as much as he can block he can also spike them big too. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
The tall Mark Lewis of Chargers showed Progressive that as much as he can block he can also spike them big too. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Chargers gained momentum from the third set when Progressive led 16-10 at the second mandatory break. Chargers did well to come from behind and tie the scores at 21-21 and went on to take the lead and game compliments of the giant Lewis and Agard.

From the penultimate set Chargers took control when the score was 16-7 and dominated with a lead of eight points despite Progressive having hard hitting Cox on the outside trying his best to keep them in it along with Payne and fellow national player Rico Brathwaite.

It simply was not Progressive’s night and the fifth and decisive set proved that when the scores were 12-10 and Addison tried to get into Cox’s head. Lewis removed himself from the nets and showed he could hit them big with three consecutive spikes down the middle to finish off their opponents and end Progressive’s undefeated run so far for the year.

Deacons who are seeking yet another double crown after winning the knockout recently against Warrens are still in with a chance of capturing the league title but will need to continue their winning ways.

Warrens captain Rhe-Ann Niles (in orange) made a great effort to block Deacons’ veteran Julia Lewis.
Warrens captain Rhe-Ann Niles (in orange) made a great effort to block Deacons’ veteran Julia Lewis.

Warrens took the opening set comfortably but Deacons did well in the second to come from being down 16-13 and lock the scores 23-23. But Warrens did not let up and managed to hold on for the win.

The third set was just as close when Warrens were up 8-6 and Deacons did well to tie up the score at 16-16. But Warrens who had the services of captain Rhe-Ann Niles, Anthazia Mason and Talya Layne made sure to finish the job by a five point margin and prevent the game from going into a fourth set.

Two other games were played last night and in the winning circle were Deacons men who brushed aside Foundation United 28-26, 25-19 and 25-12 for an easy win. Meanwhile Brydens Rockets women also suffered yet another defeat, this time to Junior Girls 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 and 28-26.

Action will continue this Sunday at the Wildey Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

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