Deacons go down to Progressive

Barbados Bearings Progressive came from behind to defeat Flow Deacons 3-1 when action continued last night in the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One League competition.

As usual one can expect great rivalry when these two teams face off on court and last night at the Wildey Gymnasium that was the case when Deacons took the first set 26-24 but Progressive dug deep and took the other remaining sets 25-23, 25-22 , 25-17 to come out on top.

Experienced player Fabian Cox (No.3) made Deacons’ defence pay whenever he got it right and the pair of Akeem Mayers (left) and Klode Thompson found that out in this play.
Experienced player Fabian Cox (No.3) made Deacons’ defence pay whenever he got it right and the pair of Akeem Mayers (left) and Klode Thompson found that out in this play.

In the opening set the scores were 24-22 when Deacons attackers Adam Niles and Klode Thompson with respective shots outside the line allowed Progressive to bring themselves back in the game 24-24. Progressive with an attack were blocked by Deacons’ defence followed by a set point from Niles who redeemed himself and allowed the former champions to go up 1-0.

It seemed Progressive’s chief spiker Fabian Cox was not too happy with that result and took matters into his own hands at the start of the second set. Before one knew it the men in blue were up 13-7 but Deacons did not allow them to get too far ahead and managed to cut the deficit down to two points at 15-13.

They were able to level the scores at 15-15 through captain Kyle Browne and Andriy Stapleton. Progressive’s captain Akeem Payne was a one-man show at the net and gave his side a one point lead 16-15.

After the set’s technical time-out both sides traded points until the score reached 23-23 and that is where things got heated when Deacons failed to block a shot, followed by a controversial point awarded to Progressive who breathed a sign of relief as they levelled the match at 1-1.

Then in the third set Deacons gave away too many unnecessary points before coach Andrew Culpepper reinforced to his men that they should keep things simple and that they did even though Progressive were up 24-20.

At this point of the game Deacons were looking to make a comeback and Niles produced a soft touch that beat Progressive’s defence. That was backed up with a good block at the nets from the young man. But Niles’ efforts were in vain as Progressive through Cox with one of his rocket shots allowed the 2015 knockout kings to advance 2-1 against their rivals.

Deacons’ fans were perhaps at the edge of their seats hoping they could equalize in the fourth set. But yet again they failed to stick to the basics even though one supporter emphasized from the sidelines that volleyball basics never failed. However as simple as they tried to keep their play Progressive maintained the edge at 16-12 and they only managed to score five points after that. Payne and Rico Brathwaite finished it off with respective shots down the middle.

Barbados Junior Girls (in black & blue) dug deep to come from behind and upset Toners 3-2. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Barbados Junior Girls (in black & blue) dug deep to come from behind and upset Toners 3-2. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Despite that loss Flow Sentry Deacons women had something to smile about when they won in straight sets 25-10, 25-21 and 25-23 against Brydens Rockets. Warrens were also victorious 3-1 when they played Club United who went down 25-15, 25-18, 13-25 and 25-16.

Barbados Junior Girls showed their worth with a hard fought 3-2 win over Toners who lost the first set 25-14 but responded well 25-23, 25-21. But Juniors led by Ashley Jordan tied the game 2-2 when they captured the fourth set at 26-24 and sealed the match 16-14 in the fifth.

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