ST JOHN’S, Antigua, July 7, 2022 – Bermuda came from two sets down to beat Antigua and Barbuda 3-2 in a Pool B humdinger of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association( ECVA) Senior Men’s Championships at the YMCA Indoor Facility.
The host, bolstered by partisan home support, won the first two sets, 25-22, 25-20, but Bermuda took the third 27-25 and the fourth 28-26, to set up a grand stand finish.
Bermuda took the early lead in the decisive fifth set, and held their nerve to win 15-11.
The top scorers for Bermuda were Kyle Hamilton who had 18 points; Eron Woods- 16 points and Ryan Davies – 13 points.
For Antigua and Barbuda, Adrian Constant scored 28 points and Jamanie James had 21 points.
A delighted Bermuda Head Coach- Robert Saraiva in assessment of the match, related: “ The Antiguans did not let up on us and with the crowd behind them it put a lot of pressure on us… But we just fought back, we did not have anything lose… We came here to do the best we can and we proved that in this match, especially in the last three sets”.
Equally elated for the come from behind win was Bermuda’s Captain- Kyle Hamilton, who gave his piece.
“We were a little nervous with the home support, so we came out in the third set and said we were going to give it our all… We were able to take it to five sets and eventually won”, Hamilton beamed with joy.
A dejected Head Coach of Antigua Barbuda- Fitzroy Benjamin, thumbed the loss of momentum on his team’s defeat.
“We started off well, but the players lapsed with their passing and at times were flat footed and allowed Bermuda to get back into the game”, Benjamin noted.
Meanwhile, Constant- Antigua and Barbuda’s team, believed that his team mates paid too much attention on things which did not go their way, hence lost focus during the last three sets.
Constant though wants to see his team refocus for the other matches.