Grove End crowned league champions

2015-11-04 06:00
Photo: supplied Grove End Volleyball Club were crowned EZE’S Electrical Premier League champions after beating former champions KSST in straight sets (2-0) on Thursday night.

Photo: supplied Grove End Volleyball Club were crowned EZE’S Electrical Premier League champions after beating former champions KSST in straight sets (2-0) on Thursday night.

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GROVE End Volleyball Club kept their unblemished record in the 2015 season intact after beating former league champions KSST in straight sets on Thursday night at the association courts to be crowned EZE’S Electrical-sponsored KwaDukuza Volleyball Association Premier League champions.

Grove End dominated proceedings from the first whistle and enjoyed a comfortable 3-point cushion (12-9) midway into the first set. Vinnie Singh and Neil Perumal relished the perfect sets by Desmond Pillay to extend Grove End’s lead (21-11).

After a sluggish start KSST began to find their rhythm reducing the deficit to 4-points (19-23) through Albiston Jaram and Sherwin Daniels. But, two successive unforced errors at the death resulted in KSST going down 19-25.

KSST battled to contend with the powerful service of Neven Baldeo, who gave Grove End a quick 3-0 lead at the start of the second set. KSST clawed their way back into contention leveling the scores at 6-6. Grove End regained the lead (11-9) forcing their rivals into an early timeout.

Byron Athymoolam set the courts ablaze with a bazooka from the centre to reduce the deficit to a solitary point (10-11) before Carnel Joseph committed the cardinal sin of serving on the net. KSST were made to pay dearly after Joseph’s error with man-of-the match Singh hammering the ball all over the courts to give Grove End a commanding 18-13 lead.

Frustrated with the unforced errors by his charges, manager-cum-player, Syd Kistan brought himself on as a substitute for Athymoolam. His presence on the courts served as a catalyst with KSST reducing the deficit to two points (18-20).

However, two crucial blocks by Baldeo saw Grove End (22-18) edge closer to the finish line. A catalogue of unforced errors by the KSST lads, resulted in Grove End securing a comfortable 25-19 win and successfully defending their KDVA Premier League title.

KDVA president, Isaac Abraham said: “Grove End have been a model of consistency throughout the season and their vigorous training programme every Sunday morning paid rich dividends.”

Warriors Sport’s hopes of closing the gap on second placed KSST was dented after they suffered a humiliating 23-25; 19-25 defeat at the hands of Manor.

In the KDVA First Division League, Sunbrook suffered a shock 2-0 loss at the hands of Frendz on Tuesday night, but bounced back to winning ways on Thursday night after trouncing MOB in straight sets (25-14; 25-11). Prodigal son Rodney Poonsamy and Vincent Pillay joined forces to guide Cool Leaders to a thrilling 25-22; 25-21 win against Frendz.

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