St. Lucia Recover to Defeat Antigua Barbuda in four sets

LA BORIE, Grenada, November 2,   2018 – After falling behind in the first set St. Lucia awoke like the proverbial sleeping tiger to dominate proceedings in the remaining three sets eventually claiming a 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-18, 25 -20 and 25 17)

The Antigua/Barbuda duo of Jamarie James (16 pts) and Adrian Constant (12 pts) had very good performances in all departments, spiking for 19 points and blocking for 6  points among them. However Joseph Clercent, outside hitter of St. Lucia overshadowed them with a superlative performance. He had 26 points made up of 25 spikes and a monstrous and memorable block at the net. He was virtually unstoppable particularly when he came through the middle from the back court. Clercent got good support from Augustin Faulkner with 14 points and Tevin St. Jean who chipped in with 11 points.

Both teams were awful in making errors particularly from the service line. In total St. Lucia donated 37 while receiving 34 from Antigua/Barbuda. Blocking scores were dead even at 9 but St. Lucia held the edge in spike 44-32 and in serves 7 to 5

Carl Williams of Antigua Barbuda was pensive while summing up what happened. “I think our guys relaxed a bit after winning the first game and one can ill afford to do that against a team like St. Lucia who has an all-around good game. Our main areas of concern is stopping Joe (Clercent). He is the heart and soul of the St. Lucia attack and we have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan for him” , he said.

Mr Terry Verdant of St. Lucia was even more confident that he has the best team in the competition. “What went wrong in the first set can be attributed to a change in the condition of the playing ball. All of my power servers had difficulty in serving and placed the ball outside many times. We adjusted that and went for float serves and depended on our defense and passing to get into attacking positions and it worked well for us”, he accounted.

The win propelled St. Lucia automatically to the semifinals to await the winner of the of the quarter finals. Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be played on Saturday 3rd November.

Antigua/Barbuda would have place 2nd and will play against the third place of group B in the Quarterfinals.