Defenders repeat as champions; Bombers take ladies title
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: May 21, 2013
The “new kids on the block”, the Auto Mall Bombers, blew their competition out of the gym this past holiday weekend, going on to win the title in the women’s division of the 3rd Annual ‘Defend Ya Spike’ Volleyball Tournament.
The Bombers, a mixed team of professional and some college players from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I schools, took care of last year’s winners, the International Jammers, on Sunday. The Bombers wrapped up the championship in two sets, 25-10 and 25-17. The men’s crown went to the Defenders, their second consecutive title. The Lady Truckers finished third in the women’s division while the Defenders ‘B’ squad placed third in the men’s division. Other teams playing in the tournament included A-Gozar, the Lady Cheetahs, the 242 Volleyballers, the Saints, Venus and Passe.
Among the international players on the Bombers team, which was coached by Shedrick Forbes, were Benevia Jenkins, Kimika Rozier and Asya Nickles. Local players included Brittney Bonamy, Avonnique Seymour and Brittney Deveaux.
Forbes said: "A special thank-you goes out to all the players who took time out of their busy schedules and came down to play in the tournament. I would like to personally thank the five or six players who played on the Auto Mall Bombers squad, the new champions in the women's division. Their participation has really raised the level of play in the tournament, and we look forward to seeing them again next year.
"Overall, the tournament was an exciting one. I was able to speak to all the international players individually, and they have all confirmed that they will return next year. I must say that the finals was exciting, the Bombers against the International Jammers female squad. Both squads played consistently during this tournament and fought hard for every point. That's what volleyball is all about, playing consistently, serving tough and hitting hard when the opportunity comes. The other teams also played tough. The Truckers were very impressive and so was the A-Gozar team.”
Forbes, who plays with the Scotiabank Defenders, said he knew that the men’s division would not be easy. He said the competition and level of play was high from the first whistle and he was very impressed with the improvement from players on the local side. Forbes said he is looking for more fun weekend tournaments to be held here in The Bahamas, as it brings exposure and excitement, two things the sport desperately needs.