Anguilla adds to Dutch St. Maarten woes with a come from behind
Marigot, French St. Martin, August 31st, 2012 –
Anguilla turned the tables on Dutch St. Maarten and took victory
in four sets (18-25, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-21) to condemn their
opponents to the second straight defeat of the day. In match
number three of FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification
Tournament NORCECA Group D Dutch St. Maarten brushed aside their
neighbours quite easily in the first set. Anguilla made the
necessary adjustments and created some distance between them and
their rivals for the next three sets.
At the end of the game coach Raymond Jacobs of Dutch St.
Maarten was at a loss for words. “I am at baffled as to what
happened on the court tonight. All I can say is that things did
not turn out the way we planned. It is difficult to explain
because this is a team that we are usually on par with and for
them to defeat us like that I don’t know”, he said. Captain
Leonardo Jeffers tried to help his coach explain. “I think that
we lost focus especially after game 1 and though we tried we
just could not get it back”, he added.
On the other hand, Coach Jason Liburd of Anguilla expressed
satisfaction. “I am happy but not ecstatic because we gave up a
set in the process and this could hurt in the points system at
the end,” he said. “Notwithstanding that, considering that it
was our first game I think we gave a sterling effort,” he
Captain Ian Connor was beaming with all smiles. “I was confident
throughout but my additional job was to constantly talk to the
younger players to help them get rid of the jitters and get a
solid game from them and we did,” he concluded.
Anguilla’s next opponent is Antigua/Barbuda while Dutch St.
Maarten will be desperate for victory when they meet Bermuda