Martinique sweeps St Vincent
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado USA (Sept. 29, 2017) – Martinique
blanked St. Vincent & the Grenadines 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 on
Friday during the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship
Classification 5-10 round in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Martinique swept St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Thursday to
conclude Pool C.
Martinique was led by outside hitter Joann Breleur’s 17 points,
which included eight aces. Outside hitter Rodrigue Larcher
chipped in 11 points in the victory
Asmond Franklyn sparked St. Vincent & the Grenadines with 14
Martinique held a 9-1 advantage in aces to keep St. Vincent &
the Grenadines out of system. Martinique also held a 5-3 block
margin and 38-28 in kills.
Martinique now advances to the Classification 5-8 match on
Saturday at 5 p.m. MT against either of the two semifinal
losers. St. Vincent & the Grenadines will finish its tournament
on Saturday at 3 p.m. MT by playing the loser of tonight’s
Guatemala-St. Lucia match.
The NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship is a qualification
tournament into the 2018 FIVB World Championship. The top three
teams in the 10-team field earn berths into the World
Championship, while the top two teams in a second NORCECA
qualifier held later this fall round out NORCECA’s five
vacancies into the world event.
Martinique Coach Eddy Erialc: “We have had two consecutive
victories and that is good. Now we will await the results of St.
Lucia and Guatemala to find out who we play next. Over the
course of the tournament we have improved our reception and the
players are more relaxed mentally.”
Martinique Captain David Lefaivre: “We analyzed our first match
with St. Vincent and we knew what they did. We improved our
reception, and that is why we won. We know it will be difficult,
but we will play every match going forward and see what
St. Vincent & the Grenadines Coach Brian Burke: “One of the
things that we improved on over yesterday’s game is the
reception. It is still a major issue for us. Going forward, and
most of our guys are learning. They need to be better passers
and be motivated going back home to really work on that part of
the game. Good receptions with all the attack combinations that
we have been working on gets thrown out the door. Now we have to
go back to the drawing board. The team is obviously young.”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines Captain Cluevvan Cumberbatch: “We
have improved our reception. We have to work on our defense and
blocking, and then we will be better off.”