Sharonda Pickering commits to Florida Gulf Coast University

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Sharonda A. Pickering has signed to join Florida Gulf Coast University and ended her time at Hillsborough Community College with a pick for the All Conference Volleyball 1st team. Photo: HCC

Sharonda A. Pickering has signed to join Florida Gulf Coast University and ended her time at Hillsborough Community College with a pick for the All Conference Volleyball 1st team. Photo: HCC

Virgin Islands’ volleyball talent, Sharonda Pickering has signed to join Florida Gulf Coast University  (FGCU) and ended her time at Hillsborough Community College with a pick for the All Conference Volleyball 1st team.

Pickering joins a 20-win FGCU team during its most successful season.

“Sharonda has worked so hard and come so far,” said Coach Larkin. “We are so proud of her and know she will continue to grow under Coach Botsford.”

Pickering was also named 1st Team All-Conference, after her final game for the HCC Hawks, a 3-set win over Webber International JV.

The Hawks were led by Abbie O’Ferrell’s 16 kills, Brianna Stowell’s 39 assists, Pickering’s .800 hitting percentage, and Larra Bickelhaupt’s 2.9 serve reception. Madara Bajare chipped in 5 kills and had a highlight crosscourt swing.

HCC finished the season being ranked 12th nationally in the final NJCAA poll and playing their best volleyball.

“It’s a little sad,” reflected Captain Brianna Stowell. “This team is so talented and tough. I love these girls, and I’ll never forget our time together.”

The Lady Hawks conclude the season 21-9, 5-3.

HCC finished #12 in the last NJCAA national poll but concluded the conference season with a heart-breaking loss to Polk State. The loss knocks HCC to 3rd place, missing the FCSAA tournament.

HCC lost two sets 24-26 on way to a 1-3 defeat.

“The volleyball was intense and high level,” explained Larkin. “A break here or there and who knows…”

The Lady Hawks got 14 kills and 3 blocks from Pickering.

VI Volleyball Association to hold AGM and elections

By Virgin Islands Volleyball Association

screenshot-2016-10-04-12-18-13The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (“VIVA”) is hereby informing the public of its Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 6 pm at Department of Youth And Sports Conference Room.

The AGM and Elections process will be governed by the following rules:
• The Officers to be elected to the Executive Committee are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Two (2) Players Representatives.

• Each Team is entitled to nominate a maximum of two (2) person for each post on the Executive Committee.

• Any person elected to the Executive Commitee, shall hold office for four (4) years or until their successors have been duly elected.

• All Teams should decide on a list of nominees for appointment to the Executive committee.

• All nominees MUST communicate acceptance of their nomination to the Association prior to the AGM.

• ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO bvivolleyball@yahoo.com BY 25TH OCTOBER, 2016. NO OTHER FORM OF NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, NO EXCEPTIONS.

• All Teams registered in the VIVA domestic league during the election year, and is in good standing, shall be entitled to be represented at the AGM by two (2) delegates, both of whom shall be eligible to vote and hold office.

• Teams currently not in Good standing should submit payment of registration fees to the Association by October 14th, 2016 in order to be entitled to the privilege of participating in the election process.

• Each delegate of a Team shall be entitled to one vote per office.

• Voting shall be done by way of secret ballot.

• A nominee who is absent from the AGM but has previously communicated consent to being nominated remains eligible for nomination to the Executive body.

• There shall be no voting by proxy.

• All votes shall be tallied and announced at the AGM.

Any individual seeking further information or clarification of the aforementioned rules can contact the Ms. Kisheba Sprauve, Secretary or Sabinah Clement, president at bvivolleyball@yahoo.com.

VI Volleyball Association Scouting New Talent

By: BVI Platinum

DYAS Industrial Volleyball Tournament Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News

DYAS Industrial Volleyball Tournament
Photo: BVI Platinum News

The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) is monitoring the participants of this year’s Industrial Volleyball League, which was officially declared open on September 22 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

The tournament, which is a collaboration between the association and the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, kicked off with a total of 12 teams from both the private and public sectors.

In an interview with President of VIVA, Ms. Sabina Clement, she explained that the association will be monitoring this tournament and scouting new talent. “We can’t go around handpicking volleyball athletes like other countries do, so it’s from these forums that highlight potential athletes for our national teams. It’s a great way to spot talent.”

According to Ms. Clement, “One of our mandates as the volleyball association is to foster the playing of volleyball. The more volleyball that’s played, the more involvement there is and the more people get interested in the sport.”

The tournament will see each team battle on the court every Tuesday and Thursday until the championships on November 17th.

Bronze but no progress for VI Men’s Volleyball team at ECVA World Cup Qualifiers

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The Virgin Islands senior volleyballers improved in their games in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (EVCA), first round of World Cup Qualifiers, staged in Marigot, St Marten but were unable to progress to the second round. Photo: Provided

The Virgin Islands senior volleyballers at the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (EVCA), first round of World Cup Qualifiers, staged in Marigot, St Martin Aug 25 – 28. Photo: Provided

The Virgin Islands’ (VI) Men’s Volleyball Team returned home with a bronze medal from the first round of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA), Zonal World Championship Qualification Tournament staged August 25 – 28 in Marigot, St Martin.

With only three teams participating, French St Martin, Dutch St Maarten and the VI, there was little margin for error and so it proved for the VI, who made too many unforced errors in both their games and suffered heavy defeats. The losses meant that, despite the bronze medal, the team failed to progress into the second round.

In their first game, the VI lost in straight sets to St Maarten, 25 – 14; 25- 15; 25- 15.

St Maarten jumped out to an early lead and applied constant pressure throughout the game to keep their opponents at bay.

Though highly experienced, the Virgin Islands made too many unforced errors, which were the leading cause of their demise. Despite this, the team showed they have the ability to score points and hold defense. Outside hitter, Canise Marquis was the lead scorer with nine (9) points.

Captain Frandie Martin felt his team could have played better but a plethora of fundamental errors caused them to lose their shape and game plan. Coach Stephen Payne felt his team should have done better, as they did not show their true abilities. The team must adapt to the warmer conditions, he concluded.

In the final game, French St Martin steam rolled the VI with a score of 25 – 19; 25 – 16; 25 – 13.

The VI battled hard for every point, giving a good account of themselves, but could find no way to overcome the tenacious French, who were buoyed from beating their arch rivals, the Dutch, earlier in the competition.

Although suffering with some injuries, the VI showed improvement in every department with more consistent passing, better sets and more effective hits.

Canice Marquis was the team leading scorer, producing five points.

Coach Payne indicated he was happy to see the improvement in his players over the course of the two matches and that with more practice they will do better.

The full squad included Travis Jack, Miquel Martin, Frandie Martin, Craig Glasgow, Andre Pickering, Canice Marquis, Clyde Potter and Kenny Lewis.

With a berth in round two of the FIVB World Cup qualifiers at stake, Dutch St Maarten defeated French St Martin in the final game with a score of 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-10, to progress.

U23 Women’s Volleyball team miss out on bronze

By VINO

The Virgin Islands U23 volleyball team at the inaugural Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Under-23 women’s Tournament, at the Vide Boutielle Secondary School’s court in St Lucia. Photo: Provided

The Virgin Islands U23 volleyball team at the inaugural Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Under-23 women’s Tournament, at the Vide Boutielle Secondary School’s court in St Lucia. Photo: Provided

The Virgin Islands (VI) U23 Women’s Volleyball team remained winless after suffering a 3-0 loss to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Bronze Medal match on Sunday August 14, 2016 at the inaugural Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Under-23 Women’s Tournament, at the Vide Boutielle Secondary School’s court in St Lucia.

St Vincent and the Grenadines took the bronze medal by dispensing of the Virgin Islands 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-22), with Alicia Glasgow the top scorer for the third successive time, as she tallied 16 points and Shernell Browne, an Outside Hitter, registered 10 points.

Shoniqua Fahie, an Outside Hitter was the VI’s leading scorer with 6 points.

St Vincent and the Grenadines led in spikes, 21-14, while topping in service aces 18-5.

Head coach, Stephen, Payne said the tournament was a good gauge of what is needed in the territory to become more competitive. “What this tournament has taught us is that our development programme back home must be more sustained, instead of just preparing for tournaments.”

Payne believes that his players should be better served from their participation in the tournament and once they stay with the sport, they would improve in all facets.

In their first game the VI  battled on the court for an hour and forty minutes in a slow paced duel also against St Vincent and the Grenadines, who eventually triumphed 3-1, (25-22, 25-23, 25- 23, 25-16).

St Vincent and the Grenadines owed their win to the scoring of Outside Hitter Shernell Browne who had a game high 17 points.

For the VI, Daijha Matthews had 9 points, to be her team’s lead scorer.

On the team analysis, St Vincent and the Grenadines outstripped their opponents 25-17 in spikes.

VI Coach Stephen Payne and team captain, Daija Matthews, apportioned fatigue and unforced errors for their loss. Matthews though was satisfied with the serves, stating, “We were very good on our serve”.

She and Payne concurred that they were generally satisfied with the output of the team and vouched improvement when they met St Lucia in their next fixture.

However, S Lucia eased to a win and made it two from two, running out 3-0 winners (25-13, 25-19, 25-18), with little resistance from the VI.

St Lucia’s Yosherbel Emmanuel, a Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter- Kerin Neptune, both counted 12 points each, whilst for the VI, the top scorer was Akeela Skeete with 7 points.

Payne was bemused at his team’s performance. “I cannot explain why we played that way… They strayed away from the instructions, but all is not lost, we have Antigua and Barbuda next, and hopefully we will see a turnaround in our performance,” Payne lamented.

Unfortunately in that match up, Antigua and Barbuda needed little time and did not have to exert much energy to totally outclass the VI, 3-0,  25-7, 25-9, 25-15), leaving the girls winless from their three matches.

VI beaten by St Maarten in U23 ECVA Championship

Photo: provided

Photo: provided

By VINO

The [British] Virgin Islands U23 volleyball team suffered a successive defeat at the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Tournament on Saturday July 9, 2016, losing to St Maarten in straight sets.

St Maarten shook off the dust of defeat in the first game against Antigua, to weather the storm and a stern test from the VI, with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 victory.

St Maarten’s middle player, Shaquille Rombley (8) played head and shoulders over his adversaries as he scored at will. His teammate Shawn Gumbs (4) was also very effective regardless to what position he attacked from the court.

Though the Virgin Islands lost, they showed lots of courage, fighting until the end. Team captain Mikey Joseph urged his team to do better and they responded in the positive. Captain Joseph was well supported by Paul Mourillon (1) and Tyler Jackson (5), who played like there was no tomorrow.

St Maarten felt the game was an improvement; however, they were not satisfied with the level of execution, though they passed better and the setter was able to distribute the ball more.

The Virgin Islands captain, Mikey Joseph, conceded the opposition was the superior team. The game also highlighted areas that could be worked on such as passing and offensive plays. Coach Stephen Payne indicated a short preparation time impacted team performance, barring the fact that team VI had too many unforced errors which made the difference in the match.

The Virgin Islands had lost to Antigua in their opening game, 25-15, 25-14 and 25-9.

BVI Volleyball Team Off To ECVA Championships

Photo by BVI Platinum

Photo by BVI Platinum

By BVI Platinum

The British Virgin Islands Under 23 Volleyball team is set to represent the Territory in the upcoming Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Under 23 Male Championships.

The tournament will be held this coming weekend, July 7th-9th 2016 in St. Johns, Antigua. The team left the Territory earlier today, July 7th.

The team, which comprises of nine players–Paul Mourillon, Mikey Joseph, Marlon Burke, Clyde Potter Jr., Tyler Jackson, Ricky Singh, Lestin Wiltshire, Carldon Morton and Mortland Gordon, will play their first match against Antigua later this evening at 8:00 pm.

The team is set to also compete against St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and Bermuda for the championship.

The team is coached and managed by Stephen Payne and Assistant Coach Ricardo Wheatley.

Jus Dream & VG Eagles are VIVA Power League Champions

Photo courtesy of Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

Photo courtesy of Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

By VINO

In dominant style the Virgin Island Volleyball Association Power League Men’s and Women’s B Division Championships were won in straight sets on Saturday May 14, 2016, by Jus Dream and the VG Eagles respectively in the Multi Purpose Sports Complex.

First up and in front of a raucous “home” crowd, the VG Eagles, who were only playing on the beach for fun last year, completed their unbeaten season, in which they haven’t lost a set, with a 3-0 win over the Vixens.

The first set was tight, 25-22, but from then the Eagles took control of the match and won the next two sets 25-15, 25-14, to become champions.

Daphne Sprauve had 10 Aces, Ana Cera 6, Lyra George 3 and Yvette Harley 4 Kills.

For the Vixens, Shermin James had 5 Aces and 3 Kills.

Eagles’ reaction

Head Coach, Raymond Fonseca, was a very happy man with the win for his girls. “I’m very proud of the team, we only came together in January to play in this league and we haven’t lost a set. They worked hard, played great as a team and deserve to be champions.”

Next Season the Eagles, according to Fonseca, will become two teams, with representation in the “A” Division as well as a team still playing in the “B” Division.

Lyra George, the Club President and key player, was also pleased with the win. “We are a young, awesome team; we kept together, came to win and did just that. Fighting hard not to lose a set throughout the season was also a goal we had and that is pleasing too.”

George also noted that it was great to see so many Fans from Virgin Gorda come down to the MPSC to watch. “When we played in Virgin Gorda the Gym was full, but down here there is not the same atmosphere, so hopefully there will be more and more games over on VG next season. It was awesome though to hear our fans shouting and cheering us on tonight.”

Best Attacker Award went to Sue Brown of the Vixens, Most Blocks, Shaunice Leonard, Best Server Daphne Sprauve and Best Setter Debbie Ridgeway.

The MVP was Yvette Harley of Eagles.

Just Dream cruise to Men’s Championship

Jus Dream were equally as dominant in a somewhat one sided Men’s Championship when they cruised to a straight sets win over Raw Power, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16.

For Jus Dream, Canice Marquis had 15 Kills and 5 Digs, Curtis Davis 5 Blocks, Willis Potter 4 Aces and 4 Digs, Travis Jack 6 Kills and Andre Pickering 5.

The Raw Power team was led by 3 Kills, 3 Blocks and 3 Digs by Sherwin Modoc, whilst Louis Callwood had 4 Digs, Edson Boyea also 4 and Leon Smith with 6 Kills.

Drexel Glasgow, who had 4 Kills, 3 Blocks and 3 Digs for Jus Dream, commented that his team had a game plan and they stuck to it. “We stuck to what we wanted to do best and despite a little rough patch in the second set, came through comfortably. We thought Raw Power would have been more competitive, but then again we dominated them and didn’t give them a chance to get into the game.”

Best Attacker was Paul Mourillon, Best Blocker Curtis Davis, Best Server, Setter and MVP Willis Potter.

Top Seeds progress in VIVA Power League

In Division Two of the Ladies league, the VG Eagles overcame the Vipers in three sets, 25-22, 25-12, 25-16, with Yvette Harley picking off 10 kills, Dauphne Sprauve 5 aces and Debbie Ridgeway 4 digs. Photo: Provided

In Division Two of the Ladies league, the VG Eagles overcame the Vipers in three sets, 25-22, 25-12, 25-16, with Yvette Harley picking off 10 kills, Dauphne Sprauve 5 aces and Debbie Ridgeway 4 digs. Photo: Provided

By VINO

As the play offs began in the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association Power League on Friday May 6, 2016, results went with the form guide as the top teams from each division safely progressed.

In Division Two of the Ladies league, the VG Eagles overcame the Vipers in three sets, 25-22, 25-12, 25-16, with Yvette Harley picking off 10 kills, Dauphne Sprauve 5 aces and Debbie Ridgeway 4 digs.

Jacintha Weekes and Patricia Potter both had 4 digs for the RTW Vipers.

Phoenix Red advances

Meanwhile, in Division One, Phoenix Red saw off the challenge from the Spikers to win in straight sets, 25-15, 25-7, 25-14 and now await the winner of the game between Seventeen and Raw Power, which is scheduled for Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Amondona Creese picked off 5 kills and 7 Digs and Ladonna Woodley 6 kills, 6 aces and 8 digs.

Just Dream reach men’s final

In Men’s action, Just Dream reached the final with a straight sets demolition of the VG Hawks, 25-9, 25-9, 25-16. Canice Marquise had 8 kills and 5 aces.

Just Dream now await the winner between Raw Power and Gunz in the Championship Game.

On Saturday May 14, 2016 the Championships in both Men’s and Ladies Divisions will take place.

Saturday May 7, 2016 action included School Them against the Vixens at 6.00pm and Raw Power versus Gunz at 7.30pm.

Exciting First Round of VI Volleyball Association Power League

Arianna G. Forbes on the attack for Black Opps in the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) Power League. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

Arianna G. Forbes on the attack for Black Opps in the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) Power League. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

By VINO

After Round One of the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association Power League, Raw Power sit top of the men’s standings by the narrowest of margins from Just Dream, whilst in the women’s division one, the unbeaten Phoenix Red are in first place ahead of Seventeen.

Raw Power have an identical 2 and 1 record as Just Dream and missed out on the chance to open a gap at the top after losing last weekend to Young Gunz, 3-1, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-10.

Paul Morillan scored 21 points for the Gunz and Norville C. Brathwaite added 20, whilst for Raw Power, Carson Lewis notched 20 and Al-Quami Nibbs 14.

It was the first win of the season for the Gunz who remain bottom of the four team division, with VG Hawks in third.

Just Dream cemented second place with a 3-0 win over the VG Hawks, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, with Andre Pickering scoring 16 points and Willis Potter 14.

Phoenix Red are unbeaten in Women’s Division One play with 3 wins and are followed in the standings by Seventeen, who are 2-1, Raw Power, who are 1-2 and Super Spikers who have yet to record a win.

VG Eagles flying high in Division 2

In division two, the VG Eagles lead the pack with four wins from four, including defeating the RTW Vipers 3-0, 25-9, 27-25, 25-13, led by 25 points from Yessika Batista and then beating School Them 3- 0 , 25-11, 25-8, 25-20, with Daphnie Sprauve notching 23 points.

School Them and Vixens both have 2-2 records to occupy second and third in the standings respectively, whilst the Black Opps team grabbed fourth place with a 3-2 win over the Vipers, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 20- 25, 16-14, with Rayonne Frett top scoring with 22 points and both Kenisha Bryan and Arianna G. Forbes notching 17.

For the Vipers, Irene Poblete scored 19 points and Jacintha Weekes 18.

The Vixens rounded out Round One with a 3-1 win over Black Opps, 25-16, 9-25, 25-22, 25-23, led by 10 points from Shermine James. Forbes led Black Opps with 11 points.