St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hands BVI a second defeat

LA BORIE, Grenada, November 2,   2018 – St. Vincent and the Grenadines tested their readiness as one of the pretournament favourites with a straight set victory (25-17, 25-17 and 25-23) over BVI in Match number 4 of the ECVA Men’s championship.

Team BVI proved worthy opponents as the game was by no means a walk in the park particularly the third where St. Vincent was forced to overcome a 4 point lead at the very end.

St. Vincent’s Opposite in Travis Cumberbatch led all scorers with 14 points with 11 of those being Spikes. He was ably assisted by Daryl Franklyn who had 13 points with 9 spikes included.

For the losing side Canise Maquis was the top scorer with 7 points.

Both teams were guilty of many unforced errors St. Vincent and the Grenadines 33 and BVI 35 but St. Vincent ruled the other scoring categories. In Spikes it was 27 to 17; Blocks 8 to 3 and service points 7 to 2

BVI. “It was a much better performance than yesterday but still we came up short as our defense let us down at crucial stages. It was also a case where the more senior guys did not answer to the challenge and that cost us dearly”, Coach Payne surmised.

Coach Eardley Martin of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was all smiles. It was a bit more difficult than we expected as the BVI did not just roll over and die. We had to take the game to them. For our first outing I am satisfied as I am sure as we improve as we go along. I have seen the other team and based on the results today we are in good stead. We will go home now get some much needed rest and get prepared for our encounter with the home team” he said

St.Vincent and the Grenadines next tangles with Grenada for leadership in group B while BVI awaits the crisscross quarterfinals.