ROAD TOWN, Tortola, October 14, 2023. – Grenada secured a consolation victory over their pool A counterparts Anguilla, in match 18 of the ECVA U23 Male Championship. It was the sole win for Grenada, in four matches. Anguilla finished the tournament without registering a win. The final scores were 25 16, 25 16 and 25 19.
Top scorer for the match was Grenada’s outside hitter Jamal Collins, with 15 points. Anguilla’s captain Trevon Smith scored 6 points.
Grenada used the period between the first and second technical timeouts to consolidate on their lead and put the first set out of the reach of Anguilla. A huge part of the separation was tough serving.
The second set was a tale of two halves. Anguilla led at the first technical timeout. However, Grenada put together a string of attacks and coupled with some errant passes from Anguilla, they surpassed and built a lead.
Grenada shot out to an early lead in the third and looked to be in cruise control but Anguilla began chipping into their lead. Grenada then took a quick time out and that seemingly disrupted the rhythm of Anguilla’s aggression.
Grenada’s coach Javin Noel revealed that his team’s strategy was to take the game by intervals, first and second technical timeouts, with the goal of reaching each interval first.
Anguilla’s coach Jason Liburd stated that the tournament is a major step in the development of his youths and he envisions a strong future for his volleyball program.
The ECVA U23 Male Championship semifinals are tomorrow morning, October 15. The confirmed semi-finalists are St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica. The fourth contender will be identified later this evening.
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