Defenders set to play in Jamaica
Finishing second, at the recently held Cayman Airways Spikefest is not settling well with the Scotiabank Defenders Volleyball team.
The men’s squad are seeking revenge on the Caribbean All-Stars, at the University of West Indies Volleyball tournament, set to be played at the Mona campus in Jamaica, November 18-20. Head coach DeVince Smith is confident that they can defend their title, but more play will be needed in order to return to the championships.
“We will represent to the best of our ability,” said Smith. “I was made aware that the tournament has expanded and they are expecting a lot of international teams, [as] oppose to the local teams that participated last year. They are expecting some three teams from Barbados, a team from the United States and couple other countries, in addition to their university’s teams, who are the host of the tournament. So more than likely we will see the same faces from around the Caribbean, in addition to the teams coming in from the United States. We are not too familiar with the American teams, but once we maintain our game plan I think we will be able to defend our title.
“The tournament that we participated in last week, the Cayman Airways Spikefest, we were hoping to use it as a tournament to get us in shape prior to this one, but due to financial constraints we may not have the same players attending. We will have a different set of players and the chemistry will be a bit different. We are hoping to carry the same core that went and won the tournament last year, due to some shortfall we will be extending invitations to other local club players. This is an effort to put forth a good representation.”
The Scotiabank Defenders are currently leading the men’s division in the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) with a perfect 7-0 win/loss record. The team will play on Wednesday against the Crusaders. The game will start at 8:30 p.m.