By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
In their debut season in the BVI Volleyball Association League, the Virgin Gorda Eagles are looking to claw their way to the league’s top prize.
“We’re looking to take the division championship to Virgin Gorda,” said Yvette Harley, who scored 13 points and combined with Daphne Sprauve’s 11, helped the debutants to a straight set victory over Black Ops on Saturday night. “I’m speaking with confidence for the team.”
The Eagles walked off with a 25-19, 25-10 and 25-17 triumph to follow up on an opening night victory.
“The game was a good game,” noted Harley who also had eight aces and four kills in tandem with Sprauve, who registered eight aces and three kills. “After we got the momentum, we went out and did what we had to do.”
While it’s a first to have a Virgin Gorda female team in the league, Harley said they play beach volleyball every weekend and that’s where they were spotted by Raymond “Chi Chi” Fonseca, who told them from the way they play, they need to be on the hard court. “He came over, coached us and here we are,” she said.
Harley said it’s much harder playing on the beach. “Because we play on the beach every Sunday, it keeps us fit,” she pointed out. “And now that we are on the court, we have this thing locked down.”
Other women’s games saw Raw Power downing Super Spikers in straight sets, 25-19, 25-12 and 25-16. Vixen needed five sets to get past Vipers, 25-16, 16-25, 25-20, 24-26 and 15-11.
The male Raw Power team handed Just Dream—last year’s runner’s up—a straight set 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19 setback. Just Dream were coming off taking down defending champs Gunz in the season opener.
“Simply put, we exploited their weaknesses,” Raw Power’s middle hitter Frandi Martin said. “There are a couple players on Just Dream that are not comfortable passing and we simply just gave them the ball, apply the pressure to them and kept the ball away from the ones that could pass good, so they were unable set to the good hitters.”
Just Dream’s Willis Potter said they had no passing game. “That’s pretty much it,” he surmised, noting that the passes were coming against the Gunz and, they played a more fluid game and there was much more communication. “Tonight, we were pretty quiet, lots of mistakes, self inflicted wounds. They played well enough, but nothing impressive. We just didn’t play.”
Potter said it’s a long season and they’ll meet again. “We will be ready,” he assured. “Tell them come. With all their guns smoking. Because they have to come hard. What they did tonight, isn’t enough. Not that.”
The Gunz forfeited to Virgin Gorda in the other men’s game.