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Juniors upset Foundation


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Talented youngster Andriy Stapleton lit up the Wildey Gymnasium as the Juniors scored a five-set victory over Foundation United when the Goddard Enterprises Limited Division One Volleyball League continued at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Monday.    
Stapleton, who is the son of former national players Valmay Stapleton and Andrew Culpepper, attacked with tremendous skill and power to sink Foundation to their second successive loss 25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 15-13. 
After surging from two sets down, Foundation lead 7-2 in the decisive fifth set.
Setter Ahkeem Mayers, who is the offspring of former Barbados setter Rodney Mayers, and middle Lauren Whitehall, found a potent weapon in Stapleton as well as Carlos Cyrus, which earned a 1-1 record for the Juniors. 
After snatching the first two sets, the Juniors allowed Foundation back into the game with a plethora of serving errors in the third set. Young Darien Seale, Matthew Marshall and all-rounder Ramon Blades countered well for Foundation with some cracking kills.
After trailing 2-7 in the decider, the Juniors battled back to lock the scores at 11, 12 and 13 before successive aces by Stapleton crowned an outstanding night and denied Foundation what could have been their only victory for 2013.
The three women’s matches were all one sided blowouts.
Flow Sentry Brokers Deacons stopped Club United 25-20, 25-18, 25-21, Brydens Rockets destroyed the Toners 25-8, 25-7, 25-21, and Freekz Customz Chargers waltzed past RBC Carlton 25-19, 25-19, 25-13.
While Chargers and the Rockets have jumped to 2-0, Club United and Carlton are struggling on 0-2. 
Things will not get better for the latter two when the action continues today from 6:30 p.m. at the Gym, with the Toners challenging Chargers and Carlton playing the new knockout queens, Deacons.
The eight o’clock matches pit Club against Warrens Jaguars and the lone men’s game promises to be a cracker, with former giants Progressive battling Sandy Crest Medical Centre Deacons.

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