Sun | Apr 21, 2019

Wolmer’s continue volleyball dominance

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:19 AM

After seeing his Wolmer’s Girls Under-19 volleyball team win their 26th All-Island schoolgirl title with a 3-0 triumph over Knox College in the finals at G.C. Foster College on Wednesday, winning coach O’Neil Eubanks stated that there was no magic formula for his team’s continued success at this level.

“I am really elated for my team winning another title. Over the years, we have a legacy, and they continued that by doing this. We lost eight players from last year’s winning team and I am really happy for them, but there is no magic formula at Wolmer’s Girls and there are no secrets. They just do the basic things over the years and do them well and this will not change,” said Eubanks.

Wolmer’s Girls, which earlier this season won the Corporate Area title, had a 3-0 win over Frome Technical in their semi-finals after winning 25-7 , 26-24 and 25-3 while Knox stopped Mannings in three sets after winning 25-14, 25-19 and 25-21 in their semi.

After winning the first set 25-20, the champions were pushed to the limit in the second set before prevailing 25-23, then producing a convincing 25-11 third set performance to claim the victory.

Following their recent under-15 success, Oracabessa High were crowned new champions in the boys under-19 competition, after defeating corporate area champions Camperdown in three sets (25-20, 25-18 and 25-20).

They advanced to the final after stopping Wolmer’s Boys 3-0 in the semis, while Camperdown had a 3-1 win over Mannings.

Defending champions St Jago did not make it to this stage of the competition.

Coach of Camperdown and Hillel Academy Damion Gooden was named top coach of the competition after the performances of Hillel throughout the competition.

After failing to win a match in previous years in the competition, the male team won 14 out of 16 matches to finish first in their group in the Corporate Area.

ISSA’s volleyball competition organiser, Collette Pryce, principal of St Jago High, was pleased with the success of the competition this year.

“It was a very successful staging of the competition this year and kudos to the coaches as there has been a marked improvement with the teams. Hopefully, volleyball among the schools can now get more recognition like other major school sports, as there is really hope for the sport for the future,” said Pryce.