Deacons continue their title quest

It seems the men’s 2015 Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One Volleyball Tournament trophy might be heading to Deacons as they continue their winning form.

The FLOW-sponsored Deacons men team played Cawmere last night at the Wildey Gymnasium in round two of the division one showdown and defeated them in straight sets 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23 to go to 30 points on the league table, ahead by nine over the second placed Chargers on 21, and by 11 over the third placed Progressive on 19 points.

Akeem Mayers of Deacons (number four) does well to set a ball that his teammate Andriy Stapleton powers past Cawmere defenders Rene Archer and Jonjoe Reece. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Akeem Mayers of Deacons (number four) does well to set a ball that his teammate Andriy Stapleton powers past Cawmere defenders Rene Archer and Jonjoe Reece. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Deacons as expected made light work of Cawmere who put in some effort to but were unable to stop Andrew Culpepper’s men. In the second set Deacons had the advantage 9-7 but Cawmere captain Shawn Simpson produced three ace serves and brought his side back into the game at 10-9. But the Deacons unit composed themselves and were back in it at 16-13 at the second technical time out of that set.

After that time out Cawmere did fairly well to swing the momentum back in their favour, even though Deacons had a one-point lead of 18-17. That run by Cawmere lasted only for so long as a massive spike followed by two good serves from Akeem Mayers put Deacons further in the lead and they went on to take that set.

Cawmere needed to at least win the third set in order to stay in with a chance and after Deacons were 8-7 at the first technical time out, Cawmere suddenly woke up and allowed their presence to be felt with Simpson and Kyle Maxwell at the nets firing away with some winning shots that were good enough to give their side the edge at 16-14.

At this stage Deacons were still in with a chance to finish off their opponents even though Eric Batson and Devon St Hill were in their faces with some giant walls blocking anything that threatened to pass Cawmere’s defence. The set reached 23-23 when Mayers and captain Kyle Browne with powerful shots finished the game off in style.

Barbados Juniors were also victorious 3-1 over Foundation United, winning 25-16, 25-21, 26-28 and 25-17.

Akilah Philips of Toners spikes a shot between Club United captain Mya Evelyn and Lakeisha White.
Akilah Philips of Toners spikes a shot between Club United captain Mya Evelyn and Lakeisha White.

In women’s action Rockets had a rough game against Carlton who lost the first set at 24-26, but bounced back nicely to take the next three sets at 25-16, 25-12 and 25-19 and the overall game 3-1. Also making light work of their opponents were Toners who defeated Club United 25-15, 25-19 and 25-13.

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