Descartes and Joseph stay tops

CASTRIES, St Lucia, February 26, 2023: The pair of Sheldon Descartes and Joseph Clercent confirmed their supremacy as the top team in the Men’s segment of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Senior Beach Volleyball Tournament here at the Cul de Sac Bay.

Facing the experienced St Kitts and Nevis’ St Clair Hodge and Shawn Seabrookes, Descartes and Clercent, saw off their opponents, 2-0 ( 21-14, 21-14) to cop the gold, and ended the tournament undefeated.

It was a triumph that pleased, Clercent, who said that they planned for their in the finals.

“ The final was not that difficult for us because we used more techniques … We knew we were approaching a more experienced team… We watched a few of their games … We didn’t slip or slide because we knew if we did, we would have been punished”, Joseph reasoned.

The experienced Joseph added that winning the title on home soil, made it all the more rewarding.

Meanwhile, Clercent’s opposite- Hodge, stated, “ Overall we are happy with our performance… We came through a zone where we weren’t actively pushed and in this the final, we lost some of our focus and made some unforced errors and we didn’t make the adjustments on court and  that led to us dropping the championships”.

The two reached the title match with similar victories over their opposing semi- finalists.

As such, Descartes and Clercent eased past Bermuda’s Ryan Davies and Brandon Sousa, 21-12, 21-14, while Hodge and Seabrookes ousted Antigua and Barbuda’s Adrian Constant and Jamarie James, 21-19, 21-17.

Constant and James ensured a podium finish with a 21-19, 21-13 win over Davies and Sousa in the bronze medal match.

Dominica, Grenada,  St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia Team Two and Team Three competed the lineup of participants.