Visiting indoor volleyball teams had a successful trip to Cayman.
The 2013 Cayman Airways Spikefest competition would crown US-based Scion in the men’s segment and the Jamaica-based University of the West Indies women’s squad as champions. Both sides competed over the weekend at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall.
Tournament director Fareed Hosein said all of the seven teams delivered quality play.
“Cayman Airways Spikefest, once again, shows our commitment to the indoor form of the sport and we hope with more facilities being built we can get bigger next year,” Hosein said. “There were many highly competitive games and those in attendance were treated to the best volleyball in the Caribbean. Thanks to all of the sponsors, specifically Cayman Airways, Department of Tourism and the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, for making this a success.”
Scion would beat the UWI men’s side in the finals with a Cayman select team finishing third and local squad Kayotics placing fourth. For the ladies, UWI took down United Nations (a multi-national side with mostly Cayman residents) in the final with a Cayman select team finishing third.
There was no shortage of local talent as Shervin Rankin, Olney Thompson and Kennedy McGowan suited up for the men while the ladies featured Cristin Alexander, Jessica Wolfenden and Stefania Gandolfi.
Visiting teams usually excel in the tournament. Last year, the Caribbean All Stars won the men’s title, while Venus, representing UWI, was the women’s champions. In the past there were notable regional talents here like Jamaica’s Donovan Richards and Kamille Dwyer and Renaldo Knowles of the Bahamas.
Spikefest celebrated its seventh year and after a brief hiatus, 2013 marked its fourth consecutive edition. Organized by the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation, the tournament also included a beach volleyball competition. The exhibition matches took place at Royal Palms on the Remembrance Day holiday, drawing a good crowd.