The Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation served up an exciting night of action Saturday in George Town. In women’s play, Upsetters needed all their court experience to comeback from a 20-23 deficit and beat tough newcomers, Storm, 25-23. Eleanor Berry’s thundering spikes led the Uspetters attack. Center blocker Dara Pereira and setter Nicola Williams also had good games. Spikers Janet Dhanraj and Sophia Foster starred for Storm.
Upsetters are the reigning champs and look to be the team to beat yet again. Storm, however, may have something to say about it later in the season.
Wesleyan scored their first win of the season, defeating Maples. The Wesleyan team is made up of high school students but showed no fear going up against older and bigger Maples players. CIVF president Noel Williams praised the effort by the Wesleyan team and cited the standout performances of Kimberly Rivers and Jamessette Anglin.
The big men’s match of the night was a replay of last season’s final as Arsenal Falcons went up against the defending champion Kayotics. The Falcons won in straight sets, thanks mostly to the overwhelming play of big man Olney ‘OT’ Thompson. Kayotics, led by Shervin Rankine, couldn’t answer OT’s deft passing and unstoppable spikes from the stratosphere.
The two rivals will meet again on Dec 2, 4:00pm at the UCCI gym.
Visit the official CIVF website for more information about volleyball in the Cayman Islands (www.civf.ky).
Watch the Caymanian Compass next week for a report on the goals and challenges of local volleyball.