Friday, June 13, 2014

JCF grabs early lead in Supreme Ventures Business House Volleyball League

The Jamaica Constabulary Force has taken the early advantage in the 2014 Supreme Ventures Business House Volleyball League following three wins on match day two of league action on Sunday, June 8. The JCF registered victories over the JUTC, UWI and Jamaica Mortgage Bank in the male, mixed and female categories respectively.

The JCF started the day with a 2-0 victory over the JUTC in the first match of the day. After a close first set, in which it was the JUTC who took the opening exchanges to lead 12-6 at one point, the JCF rallied to first cut the deficit to 15-11 before further reducing the lead 17-14. The officers then held the JUTC staff to one point on what proved to be a deciding run, as they took the set 21-18. The second set was a no-contest, as the JCF Seamers restricted the JUTC to 7 serves and 7 points to win the set 21-7.

In the mixed section the officers returned to face a stern UWI Staff team, a perennial title challenger. The JCF remained in control of this one but was made to fight all the way for the 21-16, 21-18 (2-0), victory. Both teams traded solid spikes with George Douglas leading the way for UWI and C. Warner for the JCF, but the stronger team performance of the JCF ultimately decided the contest.

The JCF players then returned for their final match of the day, in the mixed section, which they closed out in fine style. Second year entrants, Jamaica Mortgage Bank were quickly dismissed in a mere 21 minutes, as the officers ran rampant for a 21-8, 21-6 (2-0) win.

The defending female champion, UWI Staff, also showed its mettle, with new player Milena Nino displaying impressive all-round technical abilities which complemented the skill set of captain Renae Temple, and led the team to victories over JDF and last year’s runner up BOJ.  The JDF Marching Women, participating after a few years absence, became the first team to take a set from the UWI. Despite their grit and exciting play, which some fans attributed to their brand new team kit, the UWI proved too strong and came away 2-1 winners, 21-10, 17-21, 21-13.

The other female encounter saw the BOJ Gators getting by Sagicor 2-1, 21-13, 15-21, 21-18, in another thrilling encounter. BOJ’s Annissa Benjamin stepped up to lead the team to victory as they were without former National Player Tracey-Ann Findlay.

In the other male category matches, the AMECO Fixers got by Guardian Life 2-0, 21-18, 21-7 while the JDF was awarded a 21-0, 21-0 victory after the JCDC failed to show up. In Mixed team action AMECO was also awarded a default victory as JCDC were absent on the day. The JDF registered a 2-0, (21-15, 21-13) victory. The JUTC also registered in the win column with their only win of the day, a 2-0 triumph, 21-19, 21-19 over Sagicor.

The league continues Sunday, June 15, with a full slate of 11 matches at the UWI Bowl. Matches will begin at 9:00am and the teams will continue attempting to qualify for the finals, slated for Sunday, July 6. 

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