T&T’s Marc-Anthony Honore and SL Benfica rebounded from its first loss of the season in the Portuguese Premier Division Volleyball League, with a tough five-set win over AJF Bastardo in their top-of-the-table encounter on Sunday.
SL Benfica won 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9 to improve its record to 17-1 and 51 points at the top of the 12-team table while Bastardo remained second with 43 points, the same as SC Espinho which a day earlier handed Benfica its first loss of the season, 28-26, 19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-11.
Next up for Honore and Benfica is meeting with second from bottom CS Maritimo on Saturday and fifth placed Vitoria on January 19.
Over in Polish PlusLiga Kobiet, the senior national women’s quartet of Channon Thompson, Rheeza Grant, Sinead Jack and national captain Krystle Esdelle and their AZS Bialystok began 2013 just as they ended 2012 with a loss, 16-25, 13-25, 18-25 against Impel Wroclaw.
With the loss, Bialystok stayed bottom of the ten-team table with a meagre six points from 12 matches, three adrift of Siodemka Legionovia which has played a match more while Wroclaw has 12 points from 13 matches in eight spot to occupy the final playoff spot.
At the top of the table is BKS Bielsko-Biala and Muszynianka Fakro with 29 points from 12 matches each followed by Dabrowa Gornicza with 28 from 13 matches.
The T&T quartet will be back in action against fifth placed PTPS Farmutil Pila before facing Ukraine’s Khimik Yuzhny Odessa in the CEV Challenge Cup on January 14 followed another league encounter versus GCB Bydgoszcz, four days later.
Meanwhile, the T&T senior women’s team duo, Darlene Ramdin and Delana Mitchell and their Pieksamaki club will resume their campaign in the Finnish Naisten Liiga against Liiga Eura tomorrow with the aim of improving on their current sixth spot and 15 points from 13 matches, one adrift of its rivals who occupy the final championship playoff spot on nine-team table.