ST JOHN ‘S, Antigua, July 6, 2022 – St Lucia and arch rivals St Vincent traded points and sets, but St Lucia finally trumped 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13, in an epic battle of the Saints, as Pool B of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association( ECVA) Senior Men’s Championships heated up at the YMCA Indoor Facility.
With no quarter given and none asked, Asmond Franklyn made good of 28 points for the Vincentians, while his team mates Jahmal Small and Jamaar Cropper each registered 14 points.
Tevin St Jean had 11 points for St Lucia, to be his team’s top scorer.
St Vincent and the Grenadines outdid St Lucia in Blocks 11-8 and Serves 5-2. But it was St Lucia who conceded fewer errors- 38 to St Vincent and the Grenadines’ 47.
A beaming St Lucia Head Coach Terry Verdant was bubbling for the win.
“ I am feeling great, because in our last two outings, St Vincent and the Grenadines had beaten St Lucia and for me that was not normal so I had to take revenge tonight”, Verdant said.
Stating that his team made some adjustments during the match, Verdant commented: “We tried to play an easier game, because at the beginning we were trying to rush the game… In addition, we noticed that they wanted the ball cross court, so began to block them inside”.
Verdant’s opposite number – Eardley Martin was gracious in defeat.
According to Martin, “The guys played their hearts out … Playing St Lucia is never always easy… We know each other and there will always be that type of intensity between the two”.
Martin believed that despite the loss , he is confident of his players resetting and coming back stronger in their remaining matches.
“We started the competition and we are going to end it”, Martin projected of a St Vincent and the Grenadines versus St Lucia final.
Match four in the tournament features Anguilla and Bermuda in Pool A.