PHILLIPSBURG, St. Maarten October 14, 2022.- This one almost turned out to be a five setter as the 4 th and final set saw two teams with a never say die attitude. Eventually St. Maarten got the edge and grasped it with both hands, with the 3-1 victory (25-19, 25 -22, 25-27, 30-28.
St, Maarten took first place in pool A and got an automatic berth to the semifinals.
Captain Akilah Muelens led all scorers with 15 points made up of 12 spikes and 3 aces. Support came from Angela with 12 points which included 8 spikes and 3 blocks.
For Grenada Mitchell had 11 points while Shakknia Orr and Thornia Williams each added 10 points
The scoresheet was close with St. Maarten enjoying marginal leads in all categories. In kills it was 29 to 28, blocks were 9 to 8 and serve was 11 to 9. St. Martin also enjoyed 56 errors from Grenada while giving up 51 errors themselves.
Coach Dimitri Beauperthuy was relieved. “Tonight, our service worked for us, I think we did well there. I really can’t put my finger what happened in the third set and it trickled over into the 4th set. Thankfully we persevered and got the victory”, he said.
Staciann Lake of Grenada was still not perturbed. “Tonight I saw a team that showed vast improvements from game to game. We now move on to the quarterfinals and once those improvements continue look out for us”, she reported.
Grenada meets BVI in the quarterfinals while St. Maarten await winners in the semifinals.