St Vincent beat St Eustatius for finals spot
St Georges, Grenada, June 23, 2012 - Bretisha Gregg and Krystal
Ralph each scored 16 points as St Vincent brushed aside St
Eustatius in straight sets (3-0) to all but advance to the
finals of the 2014 FIVB World Championship Women’s Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Continental First Round
Group B Qualifying Tournament.
Playing a must-win match, the “Vincey women” registered a 25-15,
25-17, 25-22 victory in 65 minutes to end with a 2-1 record in
round-robin play and eight points, six behind table-toppers’ St
Lucia which won all its matches, two of which were by 3-0
margins, and the other 3-1.
For St Eustatius veteran player Sandra Voornemen was their top
scorer for the third straight match with ten points while
captain Cleopatra Spanner and Germaine Zimmerman added five
points each in the loss.
St Vincent coach Marlon Williams speaking after his team
enhanced its chances of a semifinal spot by picking up the five
points said, “Congrats to our girls on reaching the final. It
was one of our aims at the start of the competition to not only
book a spot in the next round of the World Championship
Qualifiers but to also secure a top two finish to get to the
ECVA Championships carded for Antigua in November.
“We have done that, now we have a match for the gold medal with
St Lucia who defeated us in the round-robin stage and we will be
coming all out to try and avenge that loss.
Team captain Brenda Joseph added, “The girls did well this
morning against St Eustatius. We knew we had to win in straight
sets to pick up the maximum five points in order to be in a
comfortable position and we did that. We will be playing St
Lucia in the final and they will be pretty confident against us
having won our first meeting in the group stages.
“But we know what we have to do to improve from that last
meeting and now we go into the gold medal clash looking to take
it point by point, set by set and pull off the victory
Carla Duinkerk, coach of the winless St Eustatius said her team
was exhausted going into the match having travelled for most of
Thursday then playing two matches in one day.
“It’s all new for us and we are learning with every match. In
saying that I still think we have a good performance left in us
and it will be great if we can show that when we play the match
for third spot tonight which will secure a spot in the next
round for us as well.
Cleopatra Spanner, captain of St Eustatius said her players
tried their best but once again they came up short.
She added, “We know we can do a lot better than we have done
over the past two days and we now have to win our final match if
we want to qualify for the next phase of the competition.”