Playoff picture set for corporate volleyball

The 2018 Camana Bay Indoor Co-ed Corporate Volleyball League regular season ended with a bang on Wednesday, 4 April, night with a number of close matches and upsets.

In the early match, DART-B stunned the Maples and Calder (M&C) team, winning in two straight sets 25-23 and 25-18. With the win DART B leapt into fifth place in the standings table and secured their position in the top-level playoff. For M&C, the third-place team from 2017, it was a disappointing finish to the regular season, as they will now be relegated to playing in the lower semi-final matches.

On the other court, Deloitte made quick work of newcomer CITCO to move up the standings table winning 25-11 and 25-15. The win was bittersweet though as both teams will be playing in the lower semi-final matches. Deloitte finished second place in 2017, but missed a few too many games this season to keep them in real contention. CITCO has worked hard all year and will take advantage of their lower semi-final matches to continue their improvement.

In the next set of games, the playoff pool would really take shape with Cayman National Bank (CNB) taking on DART-A at the same time that top team Silver Wheaton (SLV) was taking on MaplesFS (MFS).

In the first set DART-A pulled off the biggest upset of the night taking the first set 25-20 over CNB. DART-A surprised everyone as they then secured their match also upsetting CNB in the second set 25-19. It was a huge win for DART-A, but it still left them two points short of the upper level playoff. For CNB it was a wake-up call as the playoffs begin for them next week, just missing out on a bye for the first round.

Meanwhile, on the other court, SLV jumped out to a lead and never looking back to win 25-22 despite a tremendous effort by MFS. In the second set MFS battled hard to win 26-24 over SLV to force a third deciding set. By the third set both teams had seen the results for CNB and knew that they would have a bye for the first round, but this final set was now for bragging rights. Once again SLV jumped out to an early lead and MFS found it difficult to answer as SLV would win 15-7 to retain the top spot in the standings and MFS second in the table meaning these teams would not meet again unless they both make it to the finals.

In the final match of the night, the audit firms of KPMG and PWC faced off. This was a tight match with KPMG winning the first set 25-22, then PWC regrouping to win the second set 25-15 before KPMG reasserted their narrow dominance 16-14 in the final set. The win moved KPMG into fourth place in the standings as PWC dropped a spot to 6th to secure the final playoff spot.

The playoffs begin on Wednesday 11 April.

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