Hosts Curacao blanks ECVA champs St Lucia
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, May 11, 2013 - USA-based Christine Anthony
and Geraldine Grigorius combined for 24 points as hosts Curacao
blanked St Lucia (25-12, 25-22, 25-19) in their 2014 FIVB
Women’s World Championship NORCECA second round Group J
qualifier at the International School of Curacao Auditorium,
Willemstad on Saturday morning.
Anthony, who attends the University of North Carolina ended with
13 points, while Grigorius added 11, including four aces and one
block. It was an all-round solid display from the hosts who
outscored its opponent, 32-23 on spikes, and 11-6 on aces while
committing only 18 errors to 28.
St Lucia, which showed great fighting spirit to close to within
one point in the third set at 19-18 after trailing 17-7 at one
stage had a team-high ten points from Dania Hamilton while
Latoya Edward got seven.
Henri Delfina, coach of the victorious Curacao applauded his
team for playing to their pre-match plans.
“Going into the match we worked out a game plan for St Lucia and
I am very pleased that we were able to execute to perfection and
for that I am well satisfied.
Despite the win, one concern in his team’s play according to
Delfina was its lapse in concentration which allowed St Lucia
back into the third set.
“It’s something that we tend to do too often when we are in
charge of a match, and we definitely need to work on closing out
sets,” said Delfina.
A disappointed Florian Combie, coach of St Lucia while not happy
about the defeat was upbeat as he looked ahead to the remaining
Combie said: “Any time you play in the tournament like this you
never like to be beaten in your first match because it puts you
under pressure for the next two matches in the group.
“We know the most important thing is to finish among the top two
in the group and get to the finals which will guarantee
qualification to the next round, so for us we have to get our
act together very quickly.
Maya Gomez, captain of the Curacao women’s team and making a
return to international competition after missing last year’s
series due to injury said she was satisfied with the effort and
how the match was played out.
“I must also credit our players for a great service game which
was very instrumental in helping us score a lot of easy points,
Speaking after the match Natalie Edward, captain of the St Lucia
team said “We were too tentative from the start, and our
reception game was not up to standard which caused us a lot of
“We have two more group matches and we need to win both to get
to the final, so as a team we need to regroup very fast and turn