ST JOHN’S, Antigua, July 9, 2022: Antigua and Barbuda to close out the preliminary phase of the 2022 Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association( ECVA) Senior Men’s Championships, with a 3-1 ( 22-25, 25- 11, 25-20 , 25-11) trumping over St Kitts and Nevis at the YMCA Indoor Facility.
The win gave Antigua and Barbuda a semi- final berth from Pool A.
Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and Bermuda, all finished with a 3:1 win/loss ratio, however, Antigua and Barbuda topped Pool A, with Grenada – second and Bermuda – third.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Captain- Adrian Constant ensured there was no letting up, as he led from the from pouring in 23 points. He was assisted by Jamarie James, who had 11 points.
For St Kitts and Nevis, Nage Hendrickson contributed 12 points.
Reacting to his team’s win Constant said in a post -match interview: “ We have achieved what we had set out to do and that was to reach the semi- finals and getting to the semi- finals, means that you are one of the good teams”.
Constant said that his team is mentally prepared for the semi- final challenge.
Meanwhile, Rosemarie Simon, Antigua and Barbuda’s Assistant Coach, said that her team came with one mission to dominate St Kitts and Nevis, hoping to win 3-0.
According to Simon: “ The guys got a little flustered, but pulled ourselves together and win the game and into the semi- finals”.
Simon underscored that the players generally rise to the big occasions and she foresees no exception in the semi- finals.
Antigua and Barbuda will play second place in Pool B, St Maarten, while Pool B winner- St Lucia takes on Grenada, in the semi- final match ups.
In the case of St Kitts and Nevis, who ended Pool A with a solitary win and three losses, their Captain- James Matthew commended his players for their output.
“ I am impressed with the guys because it is a young and inexperienced team, and we are prepared to develop the talents we possess and come stronger next time”, Matthew commented.
The next match is the championships, is the play off fixture for the seventh and eighth places, featuring St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica. St Kitts and Nevis ended fourth in Pool A, likewise Dominica in Pool B.