ROAD TOWN, Tortola. October 12, 2023. -Antigua and Barbuda were able to overcome some stubborn resistance from Saba to win their pool B match in four (4) sets; 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 and 25-14.
The victors distributed their attacking around the various positions and were also able to edge Saba in the defensive categories. Miguel Lugo of Antigua and Barbuda was the joint top scorer of the match with nine (9) points. On the other side of the net, Tyreke Hassell led Saba with nine (9) points.
This was match 5 of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) U23 Male Championships.
“It was really reassuring to hear my teammates being vocal. We understand that communication is very important in the game and I am proud of how much they displayed good communication,” Antigua and Barbuda’s captain Kermani Joseph stated.
“It is always good to win but it is even more satisfying when you improve as you win,” his coach, Michael Hamilton explained.
“We lost yes but I am so proud of this moment. We would have faced several challenges in getting wholesome training sessions before coming here but I am proud of how we have grabbed this opportunity to play,” captain of the Saba team Jalen Robinson related.
“This is the kind of competition that Saba needs to be exposed to accelerate the development of the young players. I always say we either win or we learn, and we are learning,” Saba coach Patricio Bridgewater emphasized.
Saba’s second match is against St. Lucia tomorrow morning, October 13, while Antigua and Barbuda play St. Kitts and Nevis.