Saturday, April 20, 2024

Deacons take upper hand

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Among his technological creations the late Steve Jobs should have created a volleyball GPS for teams like Progressive to find their way home.
Such were the thoughts of the fans on Sunday night when Progressive lost their way in the fourth set to let RBC/RBTT Deacons come from two sets down to take a critical match-up at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex 24-26, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-10.
While that win carried Deacons to the top of the standings with a maximum 15 points from three matches, Progressive needed the victory to erase an upset to Cawmere in order to stay in the hunt with Deacons and Chargers. Key men Fabian Cox and Renier Grace were missing during that loss to Cawmere.
Second loss
Injury and not absence proved to be the bane for Progressive with the displaced knockout kings limping to their second loss in three games and most of their key men struggling with injuries.
Ironically, Grace, who became injured in the knockout finals, sat out the first two sets with youngster Jason Hendy lighting up the Gym and stunning Deacons with his crisp spikes.  
However, Hendy suffered a leg injury which saw Grace taking to the court while Cox was battling with a shoulder problem.
Those problems could not diminish the vicious counter by Kyle Browne and Sheldon Roach who upstaged Elwyn Oxley in carrying the fight for Deacons. Browne who joined Deacons as a pure setter at the start of the season enjoyed himself in the area he prefers, spiking.
Even so, Progressive did not help their cause with a crucial lead in the fourth set being squandered by setter Ronald Rice.  
Fell behind
With Deacons sneaking home in that set, it was all over when Progressive dipped to 4-10 in the decider.
Earlier Sunpower Foundation United won their first match of the season coming from a set down to whip the BNB Juniors, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-17. Cawmere stopped O-Aces 25-18, 25-19, 25-17.
Chargers women remained on course for the double when they neutralized Sentry Insurance Brokers Deacons 25-22, 15-25, 30-28, 25-17, to move to a maximum 20 points from four wins.  
The Rockets gained a similar record when they beat Carefree Toners 25-22, 25-17, 25-23.
Warrens snatched their first win in four matches by stopping Safe Security Carlton 25-23, 25-27, 25-18, 25-10. Carlton are yet to taste victory after four matches.

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