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2017 NATIONAL LEAGUE



Indoor National League Volleyball Action Returns 

The Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation National Volleybal League kicked off on Saturday, October 14th at the ARC at Camana Bay. Spectators and teams alike were treated to three action packed games.

 

At 7:00pm the ladies took to the court, where the newly merged FBC/PVC Women team (“FPC”) took on the Clyde Built Construction Lady Knights (“CLK”). FPC trailed early in the first set, giving newcomers CLK confidence as they relied on their heavy hitters, Meghan O'Deherty who had 6 kills for the night and Mireia Alvarez-Griera with 5 kills for the night to secure the first set with a score of 25-18. Meanwhile, FPC entered the second set with additional determination and leaned heavily on National Team star, Chante Smith-Johnson, who had 9 kills, 3 service aces, and 1 block for the game and Lolita Montemayor who had 4 big digs defensively as the libero for FPC. The Lady Knights struggled in the second set and conceded 25-14 to FPC. With the third set being the decisive one, the action was heated from the first serve as both teams sought to take home their first win of the National league. Brenda Dawson set her team up for success with four service aces, and several key sets that resulted in critical kills. For CLK it was Alyssa Phipps adding 4 kills on the night to help her team out but it was not enough to stop an FPC ladies team playing at the top of their game. Excellent play by Chante Smith-Johnson FPC won the final set 25-20 for a 2 sets to 1 victory.

 

The second women’s game was between the Heineken Honeys and the Spike Girls. This was a tight game that saw the Spike Girls composed well on defense and making the most of every opportunity to set up big kills. The Heineken Honeys struggled while under attack, which ultimately led to them losing two straight sets 25-20 and 25-23 in a very close game. The Spike Girls were led by Heather Thompson who ripped 10 kills and 3 digs and assisted by Joanna Poyssick who also added 2 kills, 3 service aces and 2 digs. Alyssa Brock was a huge presence at the net for the Spike Girls, scoring 3 kills to help maintain their lead. Youngster, Lauren Scott was a welcomed addition to the Heineken Honey’s as she earned a team high 5 kills, 1 block, and an ace. Lisa Kemp also added 3 kills and 2 aces for the Honeys in an unsuccessful attempt to force a third set tie-break.

 

Meanwhile on the men’s court, FBC Saints took on the Burger King Knights in a best of five match. The men came out swinging and the Burger King Knights were quick to take two straight sets 25-15 and 25-18 behind an offensive attack featuring National Team stars, Richard Campbell with 5 kills and Olney Thompson with 4 kills and an ace for the game. They did however lose some steam in the third set as the FBC Saints came marching in to secured the third set with a 25-17 victory. In the fourth set FBC gave everything they had behind FBC top players Marcus Patterson with 7 kills and Ricky Ducent with 4 kills for the night, but unfortunately they still fell short. The Burger King Knights would win the fourth set 25-21 for a 3 sets to 1 victory.

 

Games continued the following week on Monday, 16th October at First Baptist’s gym, where the FBC Saints took on Team Chemistry. The match was won by Team Chemistry 3 sets to 1 victory to place them level with the Burger King Knights on the standing table. Meanwhile the FBC Saints now facing an uphill battle lost their first two matches of the season.

 

On Tuesday, 17th October the first women’s game of the evening was FPC and Spike Girls. This was bound to be an emotionally charged game as FPC would be playing against three of their former teammates. During the first set, FPC didn’t hold back and pummeled the Spike Girls 25-19. The Spike Girls were heard chanting “Stop right now” going into the second set as they refused to let FPC take the match in two straight sets. Their girl power worked wonders and they managed to take the second set beating FPC 25-18. The third set was a nail biter which consisted of long rallies full of big blocks, digs and killer spikes. The youngsters on FPC were the driving force behind their victory in the third set. For FPC it was Chante Smith-Johnson putting away 12 kills combined with 2 amazing digs, and Chlouie Gaetos had 6 kills and 11 game saving digs. Although the Spike Girls were unsuccessful in taking home the win they made some solid plays. Joanna Poyssick led her team with 7 kills, Sandy McCombs cleaned up the court with 8 digs, and Heather Thompson defended the net with 5 blocks. With the win, FPC took sole possession of first place at the top of the standing

 

Facing off for the second game of the evening was Heineken Honeys and Clyde Built Construction Lady Knights. Having lost their first games of the competition on Saturday evening, both teams were ready to win their first match of the season. The Lady Knights out hustled the Heineken Honeys and took the first set 25-19. Meghan O’Derhety imposed her will with 12 Kills for the Lady Knights along with teammate Mireia Alvarez-Griera who had 5 kills and 2 aces. The Heineken Honeys had a difficult time setting up plays, and as a result they only managed to score 5 kills as a collective. 3 of those kills belonged to Lisa Kemp who swung hard and found the empty spaces on the court. With the inconsistent play there was no surprise when the Lady Knights took the second set 25-20. The Honeys now find themselves at the bottom of the table with two straight losses.

 

The CIVF National Volleyball League action continues with three games taking place at the First Baptist Church gym on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. In the Women’s Division, the action kicks off at 6:30pm with Spike Girls playing Clyde Built Construction Lady Knights in what is sure to be an epic battle, followed by FPC Ladies facing off against the Heineken Honey’s at 7:30 pm. The Men’s Division will conclude the evening with some spectaclar volleyball as Burger King Knight’s play Chemistry at 8:30pm.

 

 

GAME RESULTS

 

 

Team Burger King KNIGHTS     Team FBC

Team FBC/PVC Women