Camana Bay spiked up the fun

Cayman residents recently had a new type of indoor volleyball excitement.

The Camana Bay National Volleyball League wrapped up play last Thursday. Put on by the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation, the competition took place at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.

The league took place for the first time at that venue and attracted local stars like Richard Campbell and Olney Thompson. Winners would be crowned in the men’s and co-ed divisions. Federation tournament director Fareed Hosein captained KPMG to the men’s crown with the Goan Spikers placing second and Digicel in third.

First Baptist and Storm, under league coordinator Jacob Strand, were the top co-ed teams. The runners-up were Philippines All Stars, Philippines A, BDO and Safe Sets.

The league was sponsored by Camana Bay and Red Bull. Matches took place twice a week starting in late July, attracting 10 teams each night. The competition is a precursor to two major indoor volleyball tournaments being held in Cayman in the coming weeks.

Up first is the 2014 World Championship Men’s Qualifier on 6-7 October. Four male Caribbean teams, representing Cayman, Aruba, Barbados and Suriname, will be competing for a spot at the World Championships in Poland in 2014.

After that is the annual Cayman Airways Spikefest competition on 9-11 November. Cayman will be challenging teams from Jamaica, Bahamas, the US and Barbados.

Both events take place at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall of the University College of the Cayman Islands. Cayman is staging an indoor world championship qualifier for the first time while Spikefest has been taking place for a number of years.

Prior to those competitions, some of Cayman’s top players will storm the beach on the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2012 circuit. The eighth stop of the tour is the US city of San Diego on 26 September-1 October.