Dominica rebound to beat St Kitts and Nevis in five-setter
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, August 10, 2017 - After losing the first
two sets to St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica responded well to come
out victors 3-2 (21-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12)
and remained in contention in the men’s Group E of the NORCECA
Zone of World Championships Qualifiers second round at the
Beausejour Indoor facility.
Crafting Dominica’s win were Middle Blockers – Yhan Florent who
scored 23 points and Kershaskie John Lewis, who registered 13
points of his own.
For St Kitts and Nevis, Outside Hitter- Shawn Seabrooks had 20
points to his credit and St Clair Hodge another Outside Hitter,
Dominica outdid St Kitts and Nevis in Attacks (60-48) and Blocks
(9-2). Dominica was less faulty than St Kitts and Nevis,
committing 33 errors to their 51.
In the non-scoring skills, Dominica was excellent in Sets, 18-16
and Reception, 70-57.
A relieved captain of the Dominica team- Ray Robinson spoke of
having to “struggle”, to overcome their opponents.
“ We had to dig deep to get this second win … It took us a lot
of hard work, but we have put ourselves with a chance to get
into the finals… We just have to wait on the results between St
Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda”, Robinson
In further assessing his team’s play, Robinson thumbed a
tactical change in the line-up between rookie Kershaskie John
Lewis and Yhan Florent, which changed their fortunes.
“That switch made a huge difference as John Lewis sparked the
comeback as the team began passing better and we began serving
better”, Robinson related.
The loss by St Kitts and Nevis saw them winless in their three
matches, hence they will play in the consolation places in the
four –team group.
St Vincent and the Grenadines next meets Antigua and Barbuda in
match six, the final encounter in the preliminary round.