ROAD TOWN, Tortola, October 15, 2023. – St. Vincent and the Grenadines are into the final of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) U23 Male Championship, after humbling Dominica in three straight sets, in match 21. The match ended 25-17, 25-21 and 25 -9.
Captain Jamaar Cropper stood out, once again, as he blazed spikes from various positions on court. He completed the match with twenty-one (21) points. Dominica’s captain Keaun Reefe top-scored for his team with eleven (11) points.
In the first set, St. Vincent and the Grenadines enjoyed a five-point cushion at the first technical timeout. They kept the opponent off balanced with their serving and because of this Dominica managed only one potent attack. By the second technical timeout it was a seven-point lead to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They dictated play and maintained that comfortable lead to the end.
Dominica made some adjustments in the second set and created an early three-point lead. St. Vincent and the Grenadines took a quick time and wrestled back the advantage to reach the first technical timeout with the lead. St. Vincent and the Grenadines carried that lead to the second technical timeout. There were some quality exchanges after but St. Vincent and the Grenadines able to distance themselves at the end.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines continued to pile on the attack in the third. Their ability to generate out of system offense ruffled Dominica. They enjoyed sizeable leads at both technical timeouts and it was soon obvious that Dominica conceded. An out of rotation call to end the match was indicative of how unsettled they were.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines await the winner of match 22, St. Kitts and Nevis vs St. Maarten, for the final later this evening, October 15.
“We are so overjoyed! One more match for us to realize our goal,” exclaimed captain Cropper of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“We didn’t show up today. The energy level was very low and we needed all parts to be fully functional to have a chance of victory against our opponent,” Dominica’s captain Reefe noted.
The final will be at 8 p.m.
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