ECVA Olympic Beach
Volley Tournament gets underway
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua,
November 19, 2010 - Thirty two teams from as far north as
Anguilla to as far south as Grenada have assembled at Jolly
beach in Antigua to participate in the inaugural Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association Olympic Beach Volleyball
Tournament. St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, the top ranked teams
in the region will be looking to exert their dominance over the
other teams. The army of volunteers and volleyball fans in
Antigua will be flocking to see the eight represented nations do
their best to advance in this important volleyball tournament.
The sun bathed beach
of Jolly Harbor, with a back drop of turquoise crystal clear
water and pearl white sand served as the ideal setting for the
initial Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association Olympic Beach
Volleyball qualifying tournament. In the first matches of the
day the second highest ranked female team in the region, St.
Lucia (A) entertained Dominica (A) in a nail biting encounter.
The score was 21-19 and 21-17 in favor of St. Lucia. In the
other female game Antigua (A) defeated a young St. Vincent (A)
squad with a score of 21-19, 21- 17.
initial men’s matches witnessed power house St. Kitts and Nevis
(A) dominate the young St. Vincent (A) team. The scores were
21-12, 21-8 in favor of St. Kitts and Nevis. The unranked
Anguilla (A) experienced the wrath of an experienced Dominica
(A). The latter mentioned team dispatched of Anguilla in quick
succession with a score line of 21-7 and 21- 9.
men’s games continued, St. Kitts and Nevis (B) played St.
Vincent (B) in a very clinical volleyball game. St. Kitts and
Nevis were effective and efficient, as they easily dispatched of
their opponents. Lead by the serving of Percival, St. Kitts and
Nevis won with a score of 21-13 and 21-2. Anguilla (B) and
Dominica (B) slugged it out in a very testing first set. Being
unable to match the energy of the first set and attacking skills
of Dominica (B), Anguilla (B) were easily disposed of in the
second set. The score was 21-15 and 21-8 in favor of Dominica
women (B) withstood the stern test presented to them by St.
Vincent (B). With points been traded in the initial part of the
set, the more experienced Antigua ladies settled down and
clinched the game with a score of 21-16 and 21-15. Dominica (B)
experienced a minor bout of resistance from a very young St.
Vincent (C) team. However, with years of playing experience,
the Dominican ladies rose to the occasion and defeated their
young opponents with by a score line of 21-12, 21-10.
highly regarded St .Lucia male team exercised their power as
they routed the British Virgin Islands in a relatively easy
manner. In the first game St. Luca (A) easily defeated the
British Virgin Islands (A) with a score of 21-9 and 21-11.
(B) displayed similar tactics as their fellow countrymen, as
they secured a victory against the second British Virgin Islands
(B) squad. Though St. Lucia won, their opponents provided stout
resistance though it was futile. The scores for the game were
21-14 and 21-13 in favor of St. Lucia.
Traditional sporting foes St. Kitts and Nevis renewed volleyball
rivalries with Anguilla. The women of St. Kitts having more
beach volleyball experience took advantage of Anguilla’s
inability to pass effectively. Consequently Anguilla (A) was
soundly defeated by a score of 21-4 and 21-9, giving St. Kitts
and Nevis the victory.
second teams for both countries met, team St. Kitts (B) was
rudely awakened to the determination of Anguilla (B). The young
Anguillans fought tooth and nail against their Kittian and
Nevisian counterparts but there was no reprieve from the
inevitable. The match was won by St. Kitts with a score line of
21-16 and 21-16.
Dominican male teams continued their complete dominance over
their Anguillan adversaries. In the first game Dominica (A)
vanquished Anguilla (B) with little resistance. Basic errors on
the Anguillians behalf resulted in a score of 21-9 and 21-8 in
favor of Dominica. Learning from the errors of their
counterparts Anguilla (A) played with new found intensity in the
first set. Unfortunately the level of dedication dissipated as
the second set progressed. The game culminated with a 21-18,
21-10 victory for Dominica.
and Nevis, the other dominant force at this year’s tournament
continued crushing their opponents. St. Kitts and Nevis (B)
withstood the initial attack from St. Vincent (A) and thwarted
it with sound volleyball skills. The scores for that match were
21-14 and 21-11. Seeking to avenge the loss of their fellow
countrymen, St.Vincent (B) gave their opponents St. Kitts and
Nevis (A) stiff resistance. However the heat of the afternoon
sun and the tactical knowledge of St. Kitts and Nevis proved
insurmountable for St. Vincent (B). The scores were 21-18 and
of Antigua (A) signaled their intentions as they made relative
quick work of their opponents St. Vincent (B). The
inexperienced ladies of St. Vincent showed signs of courage as
they provided more resistance in the second set but it was not
enough. Antigua (A) won with a score line of 21-7 and 21-13.
second meeting of the countries there was a reversal of fortunes
for St. Vincent. Their ladies atoned for the short comings of
their fellow team mates by winning the two sets against Antigua
(B) with a score of 21-19 and 21-14.
Team Grenada displayed good
beach volleyball techniques as their ladies dominated their
British Virgin Islands opponents. The Grenada (A) ladies
defeated the British Virgin Islands (BVI) (A) with a score line
of 21-13 and 22-20. The dominance continued as the second
Grenada team (B) continued plundering the BVI (B) with stingy
defense and good aggression. The score line for that match was
21- 15 and 21-10.
Unlike the women, the Grenada
men bore witness to the talent of the Antiguan men. Antigua (A)
easily defeated Grenada (B) with a score line of 21-9 and
21-12. Now fully aware of what errors to avoid, Grenada (B)
served Antigua a shocking surprise. Antigua won the first set
and seemed confident about winning the remaining games. Grenada
struck back with nerves of steel as they defeated Antigua with a
score of 18-21,21-14 and 15-8.
Antigua’s (A) men were served
up a surprise when they faced St.Vincent. The St. Vincent team
dispatched of Antigua with a score line of 21-19 and 21-14.
The second meeting of the
women Grenada (A) and the British Virgin Islands (B) was a
repeat of earlier events. Grenada (A) narrowly defeated their
opponents by a score of 21-19 and 21-19. As lady luck would
have it the exact same score line occurred when Grenada (B)
played BVI (B). The result was 21-19 and 21-19.
Antigua’s males moaning the
defeat of their colleagues, vented their Grenadian
counterparts. Antigua (B) and Grenada (B) tangled but the more
experienced Antiguans prevailed despite some setbacks. The
scores were 21-23, 21-18, 15-7, in favor of Antigua (B).
Antigua A continued on the winning note of their fellow
countrymen but worked really hard for it against Grenada (A).
The score for the match was 21-19 and 21-18 in favor of Antigua
The seemly error less
St.Lucians encountered a road block from the British Virgin
Islands. The British Virgin Islands stunned their opponents
with good blocking and a score of 13-21, 21-19 and 15-13.
Windward Islands female Volleyball giants St. Lucia (B) and
Dominica (B) squared off in what was to be an epic struggle.
The “Lucians” well versed in the field of beach volleyball
stunted the opponents’ intentions by defeating by a score line
of 21-13 and 21-13. Dominica (A) took out their fellow
countrywomen’s frustrations on young St. Vincent (B). Dominica
wasted no time as they ran through their opponents with a score
of 21-9 and 21-3.
With both teams tied St.Lucia
and Dominica played one set to determine which country had the
more points. As faith would have it the lady “Lucians” came out
the winner with a score of 15-8.
Anguilla (B) played arch
nemesis St.Kitts (A). The result was the same as before as the
experienced “Kittian “team easily defeated Anguilla with a score
of 21-9 and 21-10.