By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Just Dream took control of the season opening game of the 2016 BVI Volleyball Association league, after dropping the first set 17-25, with a convincing 25-13, 25-14 and 25-15 triumph over defending champs Gunz.
“It was indeed very, very special to win tonight because we lost our title last year,” Just Dream’s captain Canis Marquis said after the the final of three opening day games ended 37 minutes before midnight on Saturday at the Multipurpose Sports Complex. “To make a statement this year, very proud of how we played.”
Marquis said the opening loss was just a warm up set after the long off season layoff. “After that, that was it, lights out,” he said. “This year, we want to regain what was rightfully ours—the championships—that’s all and this is the start.”
Which team he sees as Just Dream’s biggest obstacle in regaining the title? “To be honest, none,” he stated. “I believe in my team. We have the best team. Losing is not an option.”
Gunz’s setter Norville Brathwaite said his team is just coming back into playing and they were short on much needed practice.
“It’s the first game, we took a loss but we still plan to win it this year,” he assured. “Once we get our full team out and get in motion—we’ll take it.”
After taking the opening set, Brathwaite said he’s not quite sure what happened in the other three.
“Spirits were down, we started to play a little slower and I guess fatigue from the lack of endurance practices. We have to go back to the drawing board and get some training in.
In Women’ splay, defending champs Phoenix Red overcame a first set 18-25 setback en route to beating Raw Power, 25-19, 29-27 and 25-19 in the opener for both clubs.
The Virgin Gorda Eagles was a straight set winner over Vixens, 25-13, 25-10 and 25-23.