Defenders and Vixens clinch pennant
Guardian Sports Reporter
The two games played on Friday night, in the New Providence Volleyball Association(NPVA)did not change the overall standings as the Scotiabank Defenders and the Scottsdale Vixens clinched the pennant titles in their respective divisions.
This is the eighth consecutive title for the Vixens, who closed with a prefect win/loss record, 10-0.â€ˆThe Defenders also had a blemish-free record and secured their fourth consecutive title. Trailing the Vixens in the pennant hunt was the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, who had an 8-2 record. The Truckers added their eighth win on Friday night when they defeated the College of The Bahamas Caribs 25-16, 25-20 and 25-13. The junior squad, the Cougars confirmed their play-off spot by trouncing the third seeds, the Lady Techs 20-25, 25-15, 26-24 and 25-20.
On the men’s side, the Technicians are the second seeds with an 8-2 record. Joining the Defenders and Technicians are the National Fence Intruders and the Saints, who finished third and fourth respectively. The Crusaders and BTVIâ€ˆrounded out the men’s division. The remaining teams in the league, on the women’s end, were the Caribs and the Lady Titans.
The play-offs will start on January 4, with the pennant winners taking on the fourth seeds. The second and third seeds will start their best of three series on Friday.
On Sunday, the league hosted their annual All-star game which will officially close the regular season. President of the NPVA, DeVince Smith said:â€ˆ”The All-star games would give all players an opportunity to come together and showcase their talents and skills, so we are pleased to host and bring the regular season to an end. We are pleased to welcome back our returning college students, who will have a chance to see some of the top players in the league during the heated play-offs.
“The NPVA had a very successful season and although we would have preferred to play more games, we felt the rivalry and competition was top notch, especially amongst the leading teams. We saw improvement in both the female and male juniors teams, which is evident in the Cougars making the play-offs and the Saints having the opportunity to advance, if they defeat the Crusaders.”
In an effort to promote the sport and provide more play, there are several challenges scheduled. An under-23 challenge tops the list of events, scheduled for the Christmas season. The two games will match the more senior national team players against the experienced junior players. Returning college students will add flavor to the game when they step on the court and showcase what they have learnt or have been doing abroad.
Scottsdale Vixens 10-0 Scotiabank Defenders 10-0
Johnson’s Lady Truckers 8-2 Technicians 8-2
Lady Techs 5-5 National Fence Intruders 6-4
Cougars 4-6 Saints 3-7
COB Caribs 3-7 Crusaders 3-7
Lady Titans 0-10 BTVI 0-10