Grenada stuns St. Vincent and the Grenadines in straight sets
LA BORIE, Grenada, November 2, 2018 – Grenada put a
dent in the hopes of one of the pretournament favourites – St.
Vincent and the Grenadines when they defeated them in straight
sets (25- 23, 25-23 and 25 -22) in their final game of pool
Despite the 3-0 score line it was easily the most competitive
and most exciting game of the tournament so far with the home
crowd deeply involved screaming and waving flags at every
At the end of 75 minutes only 7 points separated the teams and
the individual and team performances reflected a similar
closeness. Spikes were 31 to 30 in favour of Grenada. St.
Vincent and the Grenadines held a 1 point advantage in blocks 6
to 5 while Grenada led 8 to 7 in serves.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines opposite hitter - Ronaldo
Franklyn had the highest score on the night with 14 while Asmond
Frankly playing outside hitter supported with 12. On the
Grenadian side outside hitter - Jervin Noel led with 13 and
middle blocker -Darren Oxford garnished that with 11 points of
Losing Coach - Eardley Martin did not appear too perturbed. “As
you can see they were all close games which could have gone
either way especially the third one where we were leading until
the end. This simply means that we have an extra game to play
and we are prepared for it. We should meet the third place team
from the other pool (St. Kitts/Nevis) and by that time we would
have already sorted out the errors we saw here and get back on
course”, he predicted.
The Grenadian Coach Raphael Brathwaite was smiling for the first
time in the tournament. “I am really happy for the guys, they
did not really surprise me as I know their capabilities but it
is the first time that I have seen them express them so well.
St. Vincent and Grenada usually have ding dong battles but this
was our turn to dominate”, he reported.
Grenada like St. Lucia by virtue of winning the group goes on to
the semifinals while St. Vincent and the Grenadines are expected
to do battle with St. Kitts/Nevis in quarterfinal action.