CASTRIES, St Lucia, February 23, 2023: Nine male teams and seven female outfits, will battle for honours in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Senior Beach Volleyball Tournament here at the Cul de Sac Bay.
Making up the nine male teams are pairs from Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and host St Lucia will feature three teams. They are stashed in three pools.
Meanwhile, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines , St Kitts and Nevis and two teams from St Lucia, make up the female lot. The females are placed in two pools.
Ahead of the opening matches, teams are eagerly looking forward to show their wares on the courts.
St Clair Hodge- St Kitts and Nevis’ Male team
“ We are truly happy that the tournament is back. Our goal is to come out on top, but we are also looking at developing the sport, because we have some young players who we are mentoring so it is important that we do well”.
Asmond Franklyn- St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Male team
“ We are here to do well and play some hard Volleyball. I know that we have some experienced players, some I have played against, so my partner and I are up to the challenge”.
Brandon Sousa- Bermuda Male team
“We are relatively new to this. We had our first Norceca Tournament in the Cayman Islands last November. Despite this, our expectations are high as we have been training hard for this and do well”.
Tonya Mitchell – Grenada Female team
“ I expect us to perform well because we have been in training for a while and we have been playing together for sometime now, having attended some major tournaments before. In saying so, we know that others are well prepared, but we are here to do our best and make our country proud”.
Joseann Lewis – Antigua and Barbuda Female team
“My expectation for this tournament is for us to go out and play hard and have a lot of positive energy. We have been training hard for this and I believe that we will do well and go home with the first- place trophy”.
Clio Phillip- St Lucia Female Team Two
“ My partner and I have been training for this tournament for the past six weeks. We plan to play well, because we normally play well together and do our best and hopefully win the tournament”.
The Tournament’s format shows that the males will have nine matches in pool play, along with five matches in the single elimination round, while the females host seven matches in the pool play, three matches in the single elimination round.
In both genders, four teams will emerge to the semi-finals, before the finalists are determined.
The Tournament serves off on Friday, February 24, with six matches in Men’s play, with four matches scheduled among the females.