|Defenders to host ‘Defend Ya Spike’ tourney|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: May 10, 2012
It’s that time again for local volleyball players to hit the court, taking on high ranked players and teams from around the Caribbean and the United States of America (USA).
The 2nd Annual ‘Defend Ya Spike’ Volleyball Classic will get underway on Friday at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. The three-day tournament, hosted by the Defenders volleyball clubs, is sponsored by Scotiabank and Johnson’s Trucking. A total of eight teams, on both the men’s and women’s side, will compete for top honors. Teams will represent Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United States, Barbados and host country The Bahamas.
The Defenders volleyball clubs are inclusive of the Scotiabank Defenders, the Johnson’s Lady Truckers and the Junior Saints.
It is the hope of organizer DeVince Smith, that the diverse mixture of players confirmed will add “spice” to the already heated competition. The Scotiabank Defenders are last year’s runners-up, dropping a five-setter to the Caribbean All-star team. The Johnson’s Lady Truckers were third overall, and are one of two local teams expected to be in the championship hunt.
Before the Johnson’s Lady Truckers can avenge a loss, suffered in the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) Championship to the Scottsdale Vixens, they will have to hold off the University of the West Indies team, the International Jammers and GC Foster. Smith, who is the Head Coach of both the Johnson’s Lady Truckers and the Scotiabank Defenders, knows that both squads will have tough tasks ahead of them. He is confident that they will do their best to move through the rounds.
“On behalf of the Defenders volleyball clubs, which is inclusive of the Scotiabank Defenders and the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, we would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our sponsors,” said Smith. “We look
forward to an exciting tournament where some of the best players from around the Caribbean, the United States and at home will be competing.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our local players, who are now in training or looking to be named to the national team. Like us, many of our Caribbean players are training for upcoming regional championships. They too will be using this tournament as a warm-up. As a result, the competition will be high on their agenda since it gives coaches an opportunity to see some of these players perform.”
The sponsors of the Scotiabank Defenders’ team qualified as a gold partner in this event which is sanctioned by the Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF).
Leah Davis, head of marketing at Scotiabank, thanked the male squad for their representation both locally and internationally. The Scotiabank Defenders has competed in tournaments in the Caribbean and the United States, while the Johnson’s Lady Truckers has played against some of the best in the Caribbean.
Davis said: “We are proud to be the gold sponsors for the second annual ‘Defend Ya Spike’ volleyball tournament. We wish you all the best and welcome all the international teams that will be here to participate. We look forward to great performances and we wish you all the best in your continued development as a team.”
The tournament will get underway at 2:30 p.m on Friday. The first game on Saturday will start at 9 a.m.