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Webb/Bonner advance to finals of Just Bet/TvJ SN Beach Volleyball League unscathed; Competition intense in female division

Ryck Webb's bullet-like serves were the difference as he and partner Gatasheu Bonner earned their spot in the final of the first Just Bet/TvJ SN Beach Volleyball League
Kingston, Jamaica, October 31, 2012 – The beach volleyball pair of Ryck Webb and Gatasheu Bonner established themselves as the firm favourites to win the male division in the inaugural Just Bet/TvJ SN Beach Volleyball League. The 18-yr-old Webb teamed up with his veteran partner to put on a clinic in beach volleyball when they took apart the acclaimed pair of Dellan Brown and Donovan Richards in straight sets (21-16, 21-14) at the end of the League’s preliminary round.

Before playing each other, both pairs had won all of their previous four matches. Webb and Bonner were yet to lose a set, while Brown and Richards had lost two sets in total. Despite the scores, the match was very competitive, with some heavy spiking by Webb and Brown in particular. The bullet-like jump serves from Webb and the defensive agility of the winning pair proved to be the difference.

Webb and Bonner finished atop the male division at the end of the preliminary round before getting past the pair of Delford Morgan and Shane Dwyer in one semi-final 21-19, 21-14. They will match up against Brown and Richards again in the finals after the latter defeated Christopher Walters and Peter Wright 21-17, 21-16 in the other semi-final. The finals will be played on November 3, with the action getting underway at 13:00 local time at the Barbican Beach facility.

The final day of preliminary round matches in the female division of the inaugural Just Bet/TvJ SN Beach Volleyball League lived up to expectations with the two key matchups turning into thrilling three-set contests. The same four teams then faced each other again in the semifinals to decide who will play for the title on November 3.

The feature match of the last day of preliminaries saw the favourite pair of Cherine Richards and Cheryl Daley going up against Nardrake Hutchinson and Tsahai Williams. Hutchinson and Williams took the first set 26-24 before Richards/Daley returned the favour in the second, 21-18. The third and deciding set was also close but was eventually taken by Hutchinson and Williams 15-11.

In the other match of great interest, Shedeiky Hamilton-Barnes and Kai Wright were pitted against Florida’s Danielle Perry and her locally-based partner, Cherie Thompson. Perry and Thompson drew first blood with a 21-19 first set victory. In the second set, Hamilton-Barnes and Wright turned the tables, winning 21-19. As expected, the third set was a close affair, with both teams sticking close to each other. In the end however, Hamilton-Barnes and Wright came away with the victory, taking the set 16-14.

Hutchinson/Williams top the female division with five victories and one defeat, for a total of 16 points. Hamilton-Barnes/Wright finished second with 14 points, followed by Perry/Thompson and Richards/Daley with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Based on the placing of the teams after the preliminary round, Hamilton-Barnes/Wright faced off again with Perry/Thompson in the first semifinal while Hutchinson/Williams went up against Richards/Daley in the other. Again, Hamilton-Barnes/Wright came away victors, winning their match 21-17, 21-18. Richards/Daley turned the tables on Hutchinson/Williams, however, defeating them in another 3-setter 19-21, 21-14, 15-11.

This competition is the Jamaican Volleyball Association's first beach volleyball league.

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