ST JOHN’S, Antigua, July 7, 2022 – Grenada took down a youthful St Kitts and Nevis 3-0 ( 25-21, 25-22, 25-16), as the two got their Pool A campaign going, in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association( ECVA) Senior Men’s Championships, here at the YMCA Indoor Facility.
Darron Oxford scored a game high 12 points for Grenada and for St Kitts and Nevis, Aziel Belle scored 9 for his team.
Grenada outdid St Kitts and Nevis in Blocks, 7-3 and had 37 successful attacks, as against St Kitts and Nevis’ 10.
Oxford, speaking on behalf of his team said that it was good to get a win under their belt from the start.
“ It is a good feeling to get this first win… We had the right energy coming into this game… We realise also that we were a bit more experienced than the Kittians, which seem to be a young team”, Oxford related.
He however, said that his team is bracing for the anticipated “opposition” from the other teams in Pool A.
Accepting that his team lacks experience at this level, St Kitts and Nevis Coach- Ricard Swan said: “ We have a bunch of young players who are getting their first exposure at this level and for me they did a good job… They came out hard, but there are a lot of things we need to work on”.
Rating his team’s performance versus Grenada, Swan stated: “ I will put it down the middle, about 5 or 6 out of 10, but as I said, we are here to develop the young talent that we have…. Get them to look at the other teams and gain the experience”.
St Kitts and Nevis Captain- James Matthew sees playing alongside the bunch of new players as “ inspirational”.
Despite the youthfulness of the team, Matthew is hoping that they learn fast, and at leave an impression on the tournament.