BY Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Raw Power exceeded the expectations of everyone except themselves, to set up a tough battle against Just Dream, after a colossal five set thriller that knocked men’s defending champions Gunz out of the BVI Volleyball Association Power League playoffs.
Raw Power and Just Dream split their regular season games, to set up ultimate bagging rights.
“It was a good game and the teams were fairly evenly matched, despite people’s thought processes,” noted Just Dream’s Willis Potter, adding that they have only lost three matches in the last four years. “Surprising, two of those three losses have been to Raw Power—Raw Power—who nobody thinks is good enough to beat anybody, but that’s the team that has been beating us more consistently than anybody else. So, it sets up a good championship, because this season, we split our games. In both instances, it was three straight on either side. Therefore, the championship will be interesting.”
After losing the first two sets, 22-25 and 19-25, Raw Power regrouped and took the next three from the Gunz, 27-25, 26-24 and 17-15, ensuring a new champ will be crowned. Raw Power will face Just Dream, a straight set 25-9, 25-9 and 25-16 winner over the Virgin Gorda Hawks.
Potter predicted that Just Dream will ‘win the title for sure.’ “We played the majority of the season without Drexel (Glasgow) who sat out last season and that took away from our passing and our offense suffered, and that’s how Gunz beat us last year,” he explained. “Drexel is back and because he’s back, the passing is much improved. He was the missing ingredient and the team looks so much better. But, it will be hot inside the gym on Saturday night, because Raw Power has Leon Smith—an excellent player from St. Thomas—and he’s going to be a factor because he’s an awesome player, so the game will definitely be hot. I guarantee it.”
In women’s play, the unbeaten Virgin Gorda Eagles in Division II, will face Vixens after disposing the Vipers, 25-22, 25-12 and 25-16. Vixens upset the Potter coached, School Dem, 25-13, 26-24 and 25-23.
“Everybody expected us to win, because Vixens got three straight twice by School Dem,” Potter noted. “They turned around and gave us three straight in the playoffs.”
Phoenix Red easily disposed Spikers in straight sets, 25-15, 25-7 and 25-14, to advance to the Division I women’s championship and await Wednesday night’s Raw Power vs Seventeen winner for the Division I crown.