ROSEAU, DOMINICA, Sept 24, 2023: St Lucia added another Volleyball title to their listless trophy cabinet, by taking gold in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association( ECVA) Under-23 Women’s Championships, here at the Massacre Indoor Facility.
St Lucia showed their prowess and dominance in the sport in the region, with a commanding 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 25-8) over St Maarten.
To underscore the St Lucians, command of the champions, they won all six matches; four in the preliminaries and two in the play offs, to finish perfect, and the lone unbeaten unit in the nine team championships.
However, St Lucia’s win was considered by their Head Coach – Stuart Albert, as a normal programming.
“We expected St Maarten to do their homework on us, but they didn’t which made it a bit easier for us”, Albert said.
The Head Coach gave his charges an “A” for their performance in the championships, but moreover, feels that most of them are ready for transition to the senior St Lucia team.
According to Albert: “I am satisfied that this team can move on and play at a higher senior level and provide that continuity to St Lucia’s Volleyball”.
Although defeated, St Maarten’s Head Coach- Leonardo Romeo was satisfied that his team’s efforts would have propelled the sport in his country.
“St Maarten Volleyball on a whole, this has opened up the doors… So most younger persons now know what can come out of this”, Romeo advanced.
The push going forward is that St Maarten wants to be in every final of ECVA, hence, from now we will endeavour to participate in all ECVA championships at all levels”, Romeo proposed.
Final standings: 1. St Lucia 2. St Maarten 3. British Virgin Islands 4. Dominica 5. Grenada 6. St Vincent and the Grenadines 7. Antigua and Barbuda 8. Anguilla 9. Saba.