Dea­cons out­play War­rens

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 4 - By TREVOR THORPE

DEA­CONS WOMEN handed de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Pan Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional In­surance War­rens their first league loss in two years on Monday.

They won 25-17, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-9 when the God­dard En­ter­prises Di­vi­sion 1 vol­ley­ball league con­tin­ued at the Wildey Gym­na­sium.

De-ann Smith and Ju­lia Lewis were out­stand­ing for Dea­cons, with only Rhe-ann Niles stand­ing be­tween Dea­cons and a to­tal an­ni­hi­la­tion of War­rens.

On Sun­day, Dea­cons had looked or­di­nary in be­ing tram­pled in straight sets by the smok­ing hot Burger King Clapham Ton­ers.

But Monday night proved to be a re­vival ses­sion for Dea­cons as their men came from two sets down and 20-22 in the third set to de­feat Pro­gres­sive 20-25, 24-26, 25-23, 33-31, 15-11. Kyle Browne car­ried the game for Dea­cons.

How­ever, the poor ef­fort by Pro­gres­sive after be­ing up two sets was al­most un­be­liev­able. Key play­ers Fabian Cox took on his former Bar­ba­dos team­mate Browne with across the net trash talk to lose the per­sonal and then team bat­tle.

At 22-20 Cox was crush­ingly blocked one on one by Browne. The next ball Cox made a mess with the re­cep­tion to hand up the first of two aces to Dea­cons who ad­vanced to 23-22 and then took the set.

The fourth set went into over-time with Dea­cons edg­ing to the de­cider which they clinched with Browne dom­i­nat­ing along with Akeel Ox­ley.

The other men’s match saw All Stars de­fault­ing to men’s cham­pi­ons Charg­ers. In the ear­lier women’s ac­tion, Ton­ers put Frozen Minis Club United back into the freezer 25-23, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23. Club United had won their first league game on Sun­day to be jolted back to re­al­ity on Monday. (KB)

DEA­CONS’ De-ann Smith (right) at­tack­ing War­rens’ main hope Rhe-ann Niles (left).

KYLE BROWNE of Dea­cons (left) won the per­sonal duel with Pro­gres­sive’s Fabian Cox – like this line shot off the blocks.

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