Volleyball: National League-Men’s division two: Will it be Outsiders or La Digue?


As it stands, both Outsiders and La Digue have a good chance of claiming the title.

Having already played all their 12 league matches, Outsiders are leading the standings with 32 points from 10 wins and two losses. They have 32 sets for and 14 against.

In their last league match during the weekend, they rallied past Juniors 3-2 after 97 minutes of play to move six points clear of second-placed La Digue. The set scores were 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 18-25 and 16-14.

La Digue will have the chance to take over as leaders and possibly win the title provided they win their two remaining matches against Juniors and Cadets this coming weekend. They have already garnered 26 points from eight wins and two defeats out of 10 matches. In case they win both matches on a 3-2 score, La Digue will be even with Outsiders on the set difference and the league title will be decided on game points difference.

In three league encounters between them, La Digue have beaten Outsiders twice (3-2 and 3-0), while Outsiders were victorious once (3-2).

Meanwhile, Juniors have guaranteed third place overall regardless of the outcome of their match against La Digue. They have now 21 points from five wins and six losses out of 11 encounters, with 22 sets for and 21 against.

Newcomers Airwaves trail them in fourth position with 20 points. They have registered four wins and eight losses, while winning 18 sets and losing 29 in their 12 league matches.
Cadets are carrying the weight of the league table with 13 points from a single win and 10 losses. They have seven sets for and 31 against.

In the women’s division two league, last year’s winners Island Girls have guaranteed third spot overall behind champions Rainbow and runners-up Roots Sisters. Island Girls have accumulated 29 points from eight wins and five losses in 13 matches. With one match left to play against Rainbow, they have won 31 sets and lost 20. In their last league match during the weekend they lost 2-3 to Mont Fleuri. The set scores were 25-16, 17-25, 12-25, 26-24 and 16-14.

The win has pushed Mont Fleuri into sixth position with 24 points after five wins and nine losses. They have 17 sets for and 32 against.

After a 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-6) win over Aros and a 0-3 (16-25, 15-25, 18-25) defeat against Rainbow during the weekend, Saints United have finished fourth overall with 28. Their win-lose record is 7-7 and they have won 25 sets and conceded 26.

St Louis Bombers finished fifth overall with 26 points after six wins and eight losses from 14 matches. They have won 26 sets and 28 against.

Bel Ombre, who rallied past Mont Fleuri for a 3-2 (25-19, 16-25, 17-25, 28-26, 15-10) win in their last league match, have ended the league campaign in the seventh spot overall. They have 23 points after registering five wins and nine losses. Their set record is 26 for and 29 against.

Aros ended the 2012 league campaign in the eighth spot with 12 points from 14 defeats in as many matches. They have no set for compared to 42 against.

Meanwhile, in the women’s division one league, Arsu remain fourth after registering a 3-0 victory over Santa West. The set scores were 25-16, 25-4 and 25-6. Arsu still have a match against runners-up Cascade and in case of victory, they will end their season on 32 points. They have so far collected 29 points from eight wins and five losses, while winning 31 sets and conceding 15.

Santa West, on the other hand, ended the season in the last spot with only 14 points from 14 defeats in as many matches. They have only four sets for, compared to 42 against. The Anse Boileau-based team will play in the bottom division next year.

R. D.

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