Wednesday night, April 18, 2018 brought the end of this years Camana Bay Co-Ed Corporate League and with trophies and pride at stake, nobody was holding back.
First up, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and DART B were playing for 5th place in a close three sets. DART took an early lead thanks to excellent communication and teamwork and PWC struggled to find their rhythm.
DART held focus and with captain, Jeffrey Wight registering several kills they won the first set 25-11 and looked strong heading into the second. Tables turned and both teams were level throughout. On offense it was Johann Kleyn of PWC who registered the most kills and his team pulled into the lead and won the set 25-19.
It was anyone’s game in the third and final set with excellent defensive play from Cristin Alexander of PWC who helped lead her team to a 15-8 victory. In a losing effort it was Brian Ogilvie who registered the most blocks for DART-B. PWC take 5th place and DART B finish in 6th place for the league.
Meanwhile on the other court was a hotly contested battle for Bronze between Cayman National Bank (CNB) and KPMG. Both had played in the semi-finals matches on Monday which saw MaplesFS (MFS) secure their spot in the finals barely winning the first set 25-23 over CNB only to win with ease in the second set 25-7 following numerous service aces from Tapiwa Manyikwa of MFS.
KPMG took on Wheaton Precious Metals, formerly Silver Wheaton (SLV) and won their first set but were unable to hold off SLV who bounced back to win 26–24 in the second set and 16-14 in the third deciding set.
In this third place match KPMG took an early lead with offense led by Davison Ruwende who registered the most kills for his team and several block kills. CNB couldn’t quite keep up and KPMG won the first set 25-21. With it all to play for, CNB turned up the heat and showed why they’ve been at the top throughout the whole league.
Eric Webster and John Lewis were a force to be reckoned with, registering multiple kills each, and a series of serves from captain Woodley Scott took them into the lead and gave them the win 25-21, forcing a tie breaker. Defensively it was Cindy Reid of KPMG who shone but despite taking an early lead, KPMG began to fall behind leaving the path clear for CNB to take the win.
After a nail biting match, CNB won 15-9 to take 3rd place, leaving KPMG in a very respectable 4th place and both teams seeing significant improvement since last years event.
The mood shifted and the crowd gathered as MFS and SLV took to the court to fight for the top spot. Reigning champions MFS showed from the beginning that they meant business, barely giving SLV a chance to catch their breath throughout this match.
Leading the attack, David Bakker of MFS was on top form registering the most kills of the game, closely followed by Kevin Solomon who also registered several key blocks. Cindy Joe set both players for kills and also served the most aces of the game. With a final score line of 25-14 and 25-15 MaplesFS once again stamped their name on the championship trophy.
These scores left the title undisputed as MFS took the top spot and SLV finished in 2nd place. In a losing effort it was Eric Wilson and Marcus Patterson who fought valiantly for SLV, both registering several kills and blocks each for their team with defense led by Lisa Strachan.
When asked about his teams repeat victory, MFS Team Captain Melanie Whittaker said, the team had a phenomenal win and played awesome with good spikes, blocking, digging, light touches and serving, reiterating she was very proud of the team and already has eyes set on 2019.
CIVF would like to thank all teams and volunteers, especially the referees who have made this league such a huge success. Please visit www.civf.ky for more results and highlights.