Achievers crowned inaugural DVA league champions 

- Vanguard takes female honours 

Playing on a sand court, Young Achievers Volleyball Club, smashed their way to another volleyball title capturing the inaugural Demerara Volleyball Association (DVA) senior A – Division volleyball league at the Bartica Community Centre Ground, yesterday.

Achievers, who boasting the services of four national players on their team, lost the first set, 20-25 against a pumped up home side, Bartica Warriors who led 5-0 and 20-13 during the first set.

Achievers, however, who are known for their efficiency, stormed their way back into the exciting contest by taking the second set in commanding fashion, 25-14.

Warriors came out strongly in the third set  for a 6-1 lead much to the delight of their home supporters.

The winning Vanguard and Young Achievers Volleyball teams pose for a photo with DVA’s president and Bartica’s Mayor his worship Gifford Marshall at the conclusion of the league at the Bartica Community Center ground last evening. (Royston Alkins Photo)

Achievers, however, clawed their way back with the score on 9-8, on their way to winning the third, 25- 18.

National player, Creston Rodney was most brutal during that set, smacking Warriors’ defence to pieces  as his team took  a 2-1 lead.  The finals took another turn after Warriors rebounded to win the fourth set, 25- 19 to set up an intense fifth and final set.

The hosts, however, were left wondering ‘what if’ after they dropped the final set, 15 – 11. The game was tied at 10  but Achievers pulled away to capture the trophy  and the $150,000 first prize earnings.

Meanwhile, Vanguard Volleyball Club defeated Pakuri Warriors three sets to one to take the female title.

Vanguard took the first set, 25-19, benefiting from Pakuri’s inability to handle a number of well-executed serves, especially from junior national player Cherry-Ann Fraser who dished out several heavy serves.

Pakuri, however, played much better in the second set to lead 9-7 and 15-11 as if to show why they made it to the final. They duly won the second set, 25 -19 to leave the final at one set apiece.

Vanguard, though, took the third set, 25 – 16 after trailing 3-8 after which they went on to take the fourth and final set, 25- 20 to complete their 3-1 triumph and $125,000 first prize.

Eight teams in total participated in league which lasted for nearly two months.



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