St. Vincent and the Grenadines survives a scare on route to the finals

ST JOHNS, Antigua, August 31, 2019 – St. Vincent and the Grenadines overcame a feisty Antigua Barbuda team and overturned a one game deficit  to win in 4 sets (  17-25, 25-16, 25-18 and 26-24).

A small but rowdy home crowd gave yeoman support by screaming, shouting, banging the boards and at times coaching in an effort to give their team the edge. Team SVG remain stoic and got their Outside Hitters executing the kills on a more regular basis as the games went on. In fact Kyle Liverpool 15 (points) and Enrico Louraine (8 points) to combined for 23 points from that position. The other high scorer for Team SVG was the captain and setter –Jamaar Cropper who knocked down 8 Kills on his way to chalking up 10 points.

Antigua/Barbuda only have themselves to blame. After winning the first set they found it difficult to close down the SVG’s offense but at the same team committed far too many errors. The scoreboard showed 48 errors (including 7 rotational faults) contributed to the SVG scoreboard. They in turn benefitted from 37. By the time they had figured out a way to mute the SVG attack in set # 4 they were able to draw level and get to set point before SVG.  Ironically it was two unforced errors that led to their final demise. At that point several players broke down and cried.

For Antigua/Barbuda Captain Tejani Harvey (middle blocker) carried out the main attack with 16 points (12 spikes and 4 blocks) while he was supported by Outside Hitter - Miguel Bourne who had 11 points which included 8 Spikes.

Coach Vance Andrews pointed to his outside hitters as one of the keys to victory.

“After a bad start we took some time to get into an attacking rhythm. I must compliment my setter who was key to getting the Outside Hitters and the attack going. They too ought to be complimented as they scored when we really needed it. The crowd was not a factor really as we were able to ignore them and play above the noise”, he said.

Coach Olsen Joseph was down hearted “I think my players cried as they realize now that we could have won had they stuck more rigorously to the plan. We made some adjustments   and it worked for a while but I must compliment St. Vincent as they maintained the composure and executed a very good game overall’, he reported.

The result meant that St. Vincent and the Grenadines will face St. Lucia for the championship while Antigua/Barbuda face St. Kitts/Nevis for 3rd place.