St. Lucia remains unbeaten to top Group A of ECVA finals


St. Johns, Antigua, November 24, 2012 - St. Lucia dropped a set to underdogs Anguilla in a 3-1 victory (25-22; 24-26; 25-22 and 25 -15) en route to topping group A of the East Caribbean Volleyball Association Senior Women Championship.


Anguilla really made St. Lucia sweat  except in the final set where they lost some steam.


Coach Florian Combie said that he  was contented with the progress of his team so far. "I am satisfied with the win as we achieved one of our objectives  and that was   to qualify at the top of the group and I am happy that team Anguilla gave us their best shot. This gave me a chance to look at strategies to overcome the problems encountered," he said.


On the contrary coach Jason Liburd of Anguilla was satisfied but not pleased.


We played progressively  better from game to game and tonight  we played really well but St. Lucia was simply better than us. the talent was always there and so I am not pleased that we probably won't have a chance to go on in the tournament. However I now know that I can push them even harder.


Meanwhile  Antigua/Barbuda treated their home fans to some excitement with a come from behind 3-1 victory (24-26;25-21;25-18 and 25-15) over  the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Needing only to avoid heavy defeat the Antiguans executed well on the night to capture runner up place in group A and the right to play against Dominica to earn a final berth.


Captain Patty Romney of the BVI said that they only had themselves to blame. "Our  passing game fell away rapidly and as a result the opponents were given too many free balls that they took advantage of," she said.


Coach Esron Gittens of Antigua saw it differently. "It was our ability to execute just what we planned that brought home victory tonight. Even though we fell behind I was confident that he girls knew what to do to recover," he reported.