ECVA Olympic Beach Volley Continues under sunshine
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, November 20, 2010 - The brilliant Antigua
sunshine warmed Jolly beach and signaled the beginning of play
on day two of the ECVA Olympic qualifying beach tournament.
In the first set of male matches Grenada (A) and the British
Virgin Islands (B) were paired against each other in the men’s
division. The highly motivated Grenadians toiled against their
opponents. In the end, their efforts were successful as they
defeated The British Virgin Islands (B) with a score line of
21-17 and 21-12. In the second meeting of both countries, the
British Virgin Islands (A) sought revenge for their fellow
countrymen. Their focus efforts resulted in a sweet victory
over Grenada (B) with a score line of 21- 18 and 21-11.
In the men’s division, St. Vincent and Anguilla rumbled in the
volleyball sands to determine the better team. Anguilla (B) and
St. Vincent (A) locked horns and resisted each. The St. Vincent
(A) team capitalized on several unforced errors by their
Anguilla (B) counter parts. The game culminated with a 21-15
and 21-18 victory St. Vincent (A). In the second encounter of
the two islands Anguilla (A) felt the volleyball wrath of St.
Vincent (B). Learning from the winning habits of their
countrymen St. Vincent capitalized on errors made by their
opponents Anguilla (A). The score line was 21-14 and 21-10.
In women’s action, The British Virgin islands women (B) viewed
Anguilla (A) as an easy push over as they worked towards a quick
and easy victory. After losing the first set Anguilla (A) woke
up and fought to win sets two and three much to the delight of
the crowd. The scores for the game were 13-21, 21-14, 17-15 in
favor for Anguilla. In the other game between the two
countries, Anguilla (B) showed a lot of tenacity towards their
British Virgin island (A) opponents. Though the British Virgin
Islands won by a score of 21-16 and 21-14, the game was much
closer as both teams earned the admiration of the crowds with
spectacular and defying dives.
Dominica’s women flexed their volleyball muscle when they
rumbled with their archrival St. Vincent. In the first game,
Dominica (A) easily defeated St. Vincent (B) with a score of
21-5 and 21- 18. The recipe used by Dominic a (B) was similar
to that of their fellow country women. Excellent defense and a
relentless offence resulted in a 21-13, 21-19 victory for
As the sun’s intensity increased, so too did the quality of the
games. The women lead the charge as St. Lucia (A) and Antigua
(B) engaged in tiger like struggles. Despite Antigua’s effort
they were defeated by the well prepared St. Lucian team with a
score of 21-19 and 21-13.
The St. Kitts and Nevis (A) ladies stuttered slightly as they
played Grenada in an uncharacteristic manner. Upon working out
the finer details, St. Kitts and Nevis (A) defeated Grenada (B)
with a score of 21-12 and 21-15.
As Grenada (A) played St. Kitts and Nevis (B), there was no
question as to which team was in charge. The former mentioned
team easily disposed of Grenada (A) with a score line of 21-10
The young St. Vincent (C) female team was not match for the well
seasoned Antigua (A) team. The home girls wasted no time as
they quickly disposed of their opponents with a score of 21-9
With Anguilla and The British Virgin islands (BVI) in a dead
heat, a ”Golden set” was played to determine who would advance
to the next round. The Anguillian girls seemly improving with
each game, resolved to defeat their opponents despite stern
resistance from the British Virgin Islands. However, when the
final whistle blew Anguilla won with a score of 15-9.
In the other “Golden set”, St. Lucia shattered the dreams of the
home team and the crowd. Neither team retreated as the game
came to a close. With momentum swinging like a pendulum, St.
Lucia scored two crucial points which brought the match to an
end. The score for the game was 17-15 in favor of St. Lucia.
Regional power houses, St. Kitts and Nevis (A) played Dominica
(B) in what was to be a very explosive game. St. Kitts and
Nevis (A) switched to predator mode and made quick work of their
opponents by defeating them with a score of 21-4 and 21-10.
Sensing the need to win, Dominica (A) came out with guns blazing
and secured the first set despite resistance from St. Kitts and
Nevis (B). With little time to prevent their demise, St. Kitts
and Nevis (B) corrected noted errors made in the first set.
These minor adjustments in blocking and hitting allowed them to
win the two remaining sets. The game culminated in a victory
for St. Kitts and Nevis (B) with a score of 19-21, 21-16 and
Host country Antigua (B) encountered the mighty St. Lucia (A) in
a very important match. With the roar of the home crowd behind
them, Antigua (B) provided staunch resistance. However the
machine like performance from the St. Lucia “A”, eroded any
potential chance for Antigua to win this match. The game ended
in a 21-18, 21-13 victory for the mighty “Lucians”.
The second match between Antigua and Barbuda and St. Lucia was a
reversal of fortunes. It seemed like St. Lucia (B) was marching
towards to victory. Suddenly like an unannounced eruption
Antigua and Barbuda (A) over powered the St. Lucians (B) to win
the remaining two sets. The results of the game were 16-21,
21-10 and 15-10, in favor of Antigua and Barbuda (A).
Antigua and Barbuda and St. Lucia were tied with a similar win,
loss record. To resolve this, both played the “Golden set” to
determine which team would go forward. Both teams were very
cautious but St. Lucia scratched out a win, with a score of
In the other ‘Golden set” game The British Virgin Islands (BVI)
and Grenada fought for the right to go to the next round of
games. Both teams were evenly poised in the early phase of the
set; however Grenada was able to win as they held their nerve to
win the game. The score for this match was 15-12 in favor of
Based on point accumulation the men and women of St. Lucia and
St. Kitts and Nevis have advanced to the next round of games in
the beach volleyball Olympic qualification process. Despite the
advancement of the aforementioned teams there is still room for
teams fighting for the final spots. Teams left in the
qualification hunt are the women of Antigua, Dominica, Grenada
and Anguilla. In the men’s category the teams vying for the
remaining few spots are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada
and St. Vincent.