ST. JOSEPH Convent came from the jaws of defeat to win an incredible match up in the first semifinal in the 2016 Schools Volleyball Tournament Soufriere Comprehensive played at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Decked in their customary blue and black attire SJC were down within 15 minutes 25 – 15 in the first set, but came back strong to win the second 25 – 15 after taking a 6 – 0 lead to level the set in just 18 minutes.
With the heat being a big factor for the young ladies at the break Soufriere regrouped to win the third set 25 – 20 in 18 minutes. But SJC with their crowd support behind them never for once allowed Soufriere to have their way and it was game on going into the fourth set. At hat point the Soufriere girls were showing signs of fatigue due to the extreme heat and, SJC managed to hold on to win 25 – 23 in 17 minutes.
Going into the final set SJC took a 4 – 0 lead, but Soufriere came back to level at 4 – 4, and for the remainder of the encounter it was a ding dong affair between the two teams. It was 15 – 15 apiece and at that point the game could have gone either way, but SJC held their nerves to the end to win 17 – 15 from a Kaitlyn Gaillard serve.
In the boys division Sir Arthur Lewis Community College made light work of Soufriere Comprehensive winning in straight sets 25 – 10, 25 – 15, 25 – 8 to secure a finals spot against the winner of AnseGer Secondary and St. Mary’s College.
For the ladies final SJC awaits the winner of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College versus Micoud Secondary match up, which was played yesterday.
Meanwhile, for the first time in the tournament history a pair of twin will play the final of the competition, SJC’s No. 11 Kait Gaillard and No. 3 Kaitlyn Gaillard will take to the court tomorrow against the winner of SALCC and Micoud Secondary.