St. Lucia sweats for bronze medal win
LA BORIE, Grenada, November 4, 2018 – The joint
defending champs of 2017- St. Lucia was made to work hard for a
prideful victory (3-1) over Grenada in the hassle for third
place in the 2018 version of the ECVA championship. St. Lucia
dropped the first set but improved on their floor placement and
defense at the net to overhaul Grenada in the remaining three
games (13-25, 25-15 25 -20 and 25-23).
This time around the St. Lucia distributed the scoring among
several players as Augustin Faulkner tallied 13, Joseph Clercent
chipped in with 11 and Tevin St. Jean poured in 10 for the
bronze medalists. Jervin Noel of Grenada led all scorers in the
game with 17 points comprising of 12 spikes and 3 blocks but all
in a losing cause.
On the team scoresheet, St. Lucia dominated in spikes- 39-33 and
in serves 10 to 8. However Grenada held the edge in in blocks 11
Terry Verdant of St. Lucia gave his views on the match. “Clearly
this is not what we came for but we will settle for this as
opposed to nothing. I must give commendations to the Grenada
team for pushing us in order to gain the victory. This augers
well for volleyball in the region. It tells me that we now have
to work even harder on our game since gone are the days when St.
Lucia will win everything.
We had to dig deep tonight and made some rotational adjustments
and that is what gave us the edge in this encounter”, he said.
The improvement in the overall play was also notice by Coach
Brathwaite. “I must say I am particularly pleased with the way
our guys played. If I am not mistaken this is the first time
that we have even taken a set from them. In the past it used to
be an easy 3-0 defeat for us now they have got to fight”, he
Earlier in the day St.Kitts/Nevis turned to their rookies in
their roster and earned a 3-1 victory over BVI to take 5th
place relegating BVI to the cellar position with a winless
tournament. The finals two spots will be determined at the end
of the Antigua/Barbuda versus St. Vincent and the Grenadines.