Fulcrum Thundercats overpower Upsetters

The womens indoor volleyball continues to heat up with Thundercats making a determined push to dethrone Upsetters the current division A leaders. In a convincing performance on Saturday Thundercats handed Upsetters their first loss of the season. In their previous match Upsetters had emerged on top and Saturday’s game gave Thundercats a chance to settle the score.

Upsetters opened the first set with strong service from Nicola Williams. However the Cats were able to break service within two plays. Upsetters immediately went to its big gun Rose Wright. Thundercat Emily Maley answered with long hard kills to the Upsetters back line. The Cats sealed the deal with steady service from Krista Jorch and Tiffany Maier to edge Upsetters 25-23.

In the second set Coach Michael McLaughlin made no changes to Upsetters lineup which includes some of Cayman’s most experienced lady volleyballers such as veteran Eleanor Berry. However Thundercat Krista Jorch was on top form on Saturday serving up 7 consecutive points. Midway through Jorch’s serve the Upsetters were forced to call a timeout to regroup and hopefully break her rhythm but to no avail. Jorch resumed as before with a scorching spin serve giving the Cats a further 5 points for a total of 12 points. Struggling to pass Jorch’s serve, the Upsetters could manage only a weak offensive attack which caused little trouble for the Cats defence. At the net, the Cats were bolstered by the return of their big middle blocker Tanya Chin-Yee and closed out the set and match 25-13.

Player of the day: Emily Maley of Fulcrum Thundercats who gave a solid all-round performance on passing, serving and kills.

UBS MEN MAKE COMEBACK TO DEFEAT RSM

In Division A Mens action last Saturday UBS faced a scrappy but tough RSM team and were forced to play 3 sets in order to determine the winner.

RSM jumped off to a sound start with strong offense from Collin Anglin and James ‘Jamo’ Myles from the outside. UBS were a little slower in finding its stride and dropped the first set 25-19.

By the second set, UBS had awakened while RSM began to make defensive mistakes. RSM’s poor passing made hard work for its setter Fareed Hossein to create any real attacking opportunities. With RSM unable to threaten a consistent offensive response UBS continued to apply pressure on RSM with strong attacks from backcourt and outside to take the second set 25-16.

With RSM still reeling, UBS turned it up in the third and deciding set jumping out to a huge 8-2 lead. With the third set only to 15 points the outlook for RSM was increasingly bleak. RSM were able to put up some good blocks from its middle blocker James but were soon overrun by UBS’s aggressive attacking and serving. UBS won the third set 15-6 and the game.

UBS are currently in second place in Mens Division A and are legitimate contenders for the league title going into playoffs on 13 January 2007.

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