T&T’s Sinead Jack amd her Denso Airybees team-mates battled past Ageo Medics 20-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-12 to end the
Japan Volleyball Premier League Women regular season witha 10-10 record.
Despite the even season, Airybees missed out on a top-five overall spot in the table to miss the end-of-season playoffs.
Airybees record was good enough for 29 points and third spot in the East Conference behind NEC Red Rockets (11-9) with 35 points, and Ageo Medics (11-9) with 32.
However, the West Conference quartet of Hisamitsu (18-2), JT Marvelous (14-6)), Queenseis (13-7) and Toyota Arrows (13-7) with 52, 44, 39 and 37 points respectively all ended with better points tally.
This meant the five teams who qualified for the winners stage were Hisamitsu Springs, JT Marvelous, Body Queenseis, Toray Arrows and Okayama Seagulls.
Toray Arrows star Jana Kulan of Azerbaijan ended the regular-season as the best scorer, scoring 544 points with an average of 27.2 points per game, and was also was the best server.
Esdelle’s Pursaklar wins # 17
In Turkey, national women’s team captain Krystle Esdelle helped Pursaklar Belediyesi to its 17th win in 21 matches this season, 25-14, 25-17, 25-8 against Halkbank II to move to 51 points and remain in second spot on the 14-team Pool B Lig Bayanlar.
At the top of the table is Ankara (19-1) with 56 points after a first loss last weeken while Anaken is third with a 13-8 record and 41 points, one more than Bankasi (13-7) which sits in the final quarterfinal spot from Pool B.
In Pool A, Sariyer Istanbul (18-1), Yesilyurt (15-5), Buyukcekmece (14-5) and Maltepe Yalispor (13-6) occupy the top four spots with 54, 46, 41 and 37 points respectively.
Esdelle and her team-mates return to action on Saturday versus 12th placed TVF Spor Lisesi.
Honore in winners row
And in Portugal, Marc-Anthony Honore and SL Benfica won twice on the weekend in the Portugal Men’s A-1 Division to maintain top spot with two matches left to play in regular season.
SL Benfica, first swept past Esmoriz 25-16, 25-23, 25-13 and followed it up by whipping Famalicense 25-9, 25-9, 25-16 to push its record to 23-1 and 69 points, three points more than Sporting CP (22-2) while AJF Bastardo is next with an 18-6 record and 53 points, four ahead of SC Espinho (16-8).
Honore and Benfica will conclude round-robin league play ahead of the playoffs versus Castelo da Mala on March 2, and AJF Bastardo, seven days later with a League Cup clash versus Vitoria carded for March 3, as well.