East meets West to serve up terrific excitement

Saturday’s district volleyball
all-star game felt nothing like an exhibition match. With screaming and chanting
throughout the games it would be easy to picture oneself in a playoff game.

Needless to say it was one heck of
an atmosphere at the East End Civic centre. The teams doing battle were select
youth and adult teams from the West Bay and East End
district volleyball programs.

The opening match of the evening
was with the youth and from the onset the crowd was clearly into the game.

Most of the reactions came from the
West Bay contingent who jumped out to an
early lead after taking the first match.

The East Enders though would
respond with acrobatic spikes, deft serves and good team-work to take the
second game.

A frantic third game ensued. West Bay’s
star youngsters Janel Ebanks and Dariq Brandon would rise to the occasion and
hold the line in defense. In the end referee Curtis Richards would blow the
final whistle to a raucous crowd that saw a determined West Bay
walk off the court victorious.

From there came the adult match
which looked like an international volleyball friendly. Gracing the court for East End were a selection of national team players
including Keeble Knight. Meanwhile
West Bay
fielded a number of notables in the local sports scene such as Simon Rivers and
Nigel Ebanks.

As the scores show it was a
back-and-forth game. East End won game one 21-7 before West Bay
stormed back to win game two 25-3. East End
sealed the win in the third and final set 15-12.

The night’s action left many
spectators satisfied including Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation President
Noel Williams.

Williams, the driving force behind
the second annual NORCECA beach volleyball tournament this weekend, said the
talent he saw has inspired him to grow the sport further.

“I’m very excited about the
district volleyball initiative, Williams said. “I’m certainly looking at a
youth national team based on what I saw. The idea would be to have a girls and
a boys U19 team that could represent us in competitions like the Caribbean Championships.

“Hopefully we can get that rolling
after the beach tournament. Any young people interested in that should call me
at 916-2134 or e-mail me at [email protected]