By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Despite a three set loss after overcoming their initial timidity after Phoenix Red told them they would be held to less than 10 points per set during Saturday’s BVI Volleyball Association league matchup, the young Spikers female team showed courage and put up a fight in their encounter.
“We have grown a lot,” noted co-captain Daijha Mathew, after a 25-15, 25-10 and 25-20—in a set in which they overcame a three points deficit and led by three. “We went from improper passes to good passes, to good hits, to good sets, to good spikes to good serves—we’ve come a long way.”
Her counterpart Kerstin Malone said they have now been together for a little while and they have collectiveness. “Working together as a team has really helped to build us as a team, to pass, bump, everything together,” Malone said. “It has all helped us to grow.”
From their game against Phoenix Red, Malone said just as they learn in school to do teamwork all the time, the games are just the same. “Really, it’s more like a family than a team,” she pointed out.
Matthew said the games teaches lots of discipline, how to make calls. “This game is mental and you have to be mentally prepared,” she explained. “It gives you more intellectual thoughts thoughts and it keeps your mind in the game.”
While they’re yet to win a game, Matthew said they are making it hard for opponents to win their games. “I can tell you that,” she said.
What she thinks their first victory will be like?
“Like heaven,” she said. “It will be really good, really nice. I can’t explain, but it will really be that nice.”
Malone agreed with her teammate.
“We have played three games against teams that have been playing for years—these are grown women,” she noted. “We have only been playing for a short time and to come close to beating them is awesome. If we beat them now, I don’t know how to feel about that.”
In other games, Seventeen needed all five sets to down Raw Power, 28-30, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18 and 15-12.
School Them was a 25-16, 25-20 and 25-19 winner over Vixen, while the male Raw Power squad turned back the Virgin Gorda Hawks, 25-16,25-16 and 25-13.