Juniors overcome Carlton Club

Carlton Club continue to struggle, going down last night 3-1 to Barbados Juniors in the ongoing Goddard Enterprises Division 1 Volleyball League played at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Juniors won the first set 25-19 but Carlton bounced back 25-23 in the second to lock the game at 1-1. That did not deter the young Juniors’ team who composed themselves and took the third and fourth sets 25-13 and 25-20.

Cherise Austin with a big spike sends the ball flying through the hands of Carlton’s captain Janelle Morris and also away from Rhea Bryant.
Cherise Austin with a big spike sends the ball flying through the hands of Carlton’s captain Janelle Morris and also away from Rhea Bryant.

Captain Ashley Jordan led the way with some low flat serves which at times proved too much for Carlton to handle. It was serves like those from Jordan that made Carlton dig deep in order to defend and if they did manage to keep the ball alive Deandra Small of Juniors who was placed on the outside most of the time was in position to spike the ball hard down the middle.

Juniors with a 2-1 lead did their best in the fourth set to prevent the game from entering a fifth when they led 16-12 at the second technical time out and continued that momentum throughout even though Carlton at one point threatened to carry the game down to the wire. Shakera Jack and Rhea Bryant put up a wall and blocked all attacks from the Juniors, especially Small.

The scores were 18-16 to Juniors at that stage when Carlton in their traditional red tied the score and took the lead by two. But Juniors kept the serves simple and instead of hitting big would out-smart Carlton ladies with some soft touches back over the nets that allowed them to come out on top.

Rockets (in blue) had a tough game against Warrens and went down in straight sets. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Rockets (in blue) had a tough game against Warrens and went down in straight sets. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Runners up of the 2015 women’s knockout Warrens brushed aside Rockets 25-11, 25-21 and 25-16.

Rockets were without the experienced Shari Matthew who no doubt would have played a major role and perhaps give her side some hope. But that was not meant to be as the Warrens team took full advantage and quickly led the game 2-0. They finished off their opponents easily in the third set when captain Rhe-Ann Niles was given too many free balls and had enough room to spike in all directions with Rockets’ defence busy looking at each other and failing to defend.

Former national players Talya Layne and Anthazia Mason also played a major role in their team’s success with Layne serving well and Mason who oftentimes removed herself from the nets and went in the middle to set balls for Niles and company to hit.

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