FBC volleyball champs crowned

Sprint - FBC Women's Champions

The 2019 First Baptist Church Volleyball Club’s indoor league came to a climax last Saturday, 22 June, with the top two teams in the men’s, women’s, and coed divisions competing in the championship games.

If the title of champions and the bragging rights weren’t enough, the addition of the incredible prizes courtesy of Dolphin Discovery, Smoothie King, and Performance Lab definitely upped the ante. The athletes were grateful for the Gatorade provided throughout the semis and finals thanks to Progressive Distributors generous contribution.

The women’s division has defending champions Clyde Built Knights scheduled to play their rivals, Sprint. The Knights had a lot more riding on this game because they had been recently dethroned by Sprint during the
previous PVC Volleyball league.

With a solid attack led by Chante Smith, Russela Jalbuena, and Carmen Picante, the Knights failed to return the ball, which ultimately cost them the first set 25-19. The Knights wanted nothing more than revenge, so they came out in full force in the second set. Senior Cayman Islands National Team player, Jessica Wolfenden, came out swinging and team Captain Brittany Balcewich followed suit earning them a 25-17 victory.

Despite their best efforts the lady Knights lost in the third set 15-9. With two back-to-back championships under their belts it looks like Sprint is the team to beat going into the National Volleyball League expected to take place in the fall.

Although Spike Girls were eliminated from the running by the Knights, they went on to earn the bronze medal in the consolation finals.

Combined Power – Co-ed Champions

With the nets raised and the fans waiting in great anticipation, the Coed teams took to the court to find out who would be taking home the hardware: Combined Power or JJR Restaurant.

Combined Power had the winning combination in the first set with veteran Daniel Patico and Lalaine Shirley working hard together to secure the win against JJR Restaurant. Although they had lost the first set 25-20 JJR Restaurant were still in it to win it. They put up a valiant fight and played long rallies, point for point. Unfortunately the attacks from Ramesh Mg and Russela Jalbuena were not enough to bridge the gap, so ultimately they fell short by a mere three points, 25-22, to Combined Power.

The third place team was Hot Chocolate who took home the Bronze medal.

FBC Men’s Champions – Burger King Knights

Last but not least the men’s division got underway, with Burger King Knights and Cayman Mechanical Company stepping onto to the court to settle who the reigning champs would be. Cayman Mechanical Company’s team worked like a well-oiled machine, so it was no surprise when they won the first set 25-19.

Keeble Knight, Craig Henry, and David Wood’s versatile attacks from all over the court played an integral role in that first set. Unimpressed by the outcome, Burger King Knights set their heavy hitters Richard Campbell and Olney Thompson to work in the second set, in order to narrowly clinch the lead 25-22. Riding of the momentum of the second set the Knights easily won with a 15-8 lead over their opponents.

The hosting team FBC Saints would later go on to take the title of third place.

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