Rodell Fraser and Delshun Welcome lead St Vincent to male title
PIGEON POINT, St Lucia, October 20, 2013: St Vincent and the
Grenadines male duo of Rodell Fraser and Delshun Welcome spiked
their way to the top spot in the male segment of the Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association(ECVA) Zone of the NORCECA
Round of the Youth Olympic Beach Qualification Tournament,
which ended here on Sunday afternoon.
The pair formalized their unbeaten run in the tournament, in
near dominating fashion over Dominica’s Arden Elmes and Yahn
Florent, taking both matches in the best of three final series.
The Vincentians won both matches 2-0. They had to ward off a
defiant Elmes and Florent in the first match, but came through
21-16, 22-20. In the second match, Fraser and Welcome blew away
their opponents 21-9, 21-5.
Fraser and Welcome, not only won the gold medal, but booked a
berth for St Vincent and the Grenadines to the 2014 Youth
Olympic Games, when Beach Volleyball makes its debut.
There was more history making achievement, as it will be the
first time St Vincent and the Grenadines will be represented at
the Olympic Games in a team sport.
In addition, they finished the two day tournament, dropping only
one set and ended with a 10-1 win /loss ratio.
Before meeting Elmes and Florent, Fraser and Welcome saw off
Grenada’s team of Sherman Clement and Jayvon Gilbert in two
straight matches, to sweep the series without many
The Vincentians won 2-0( 21-14, 21-15 ) and (21-14, 21-11).
And, it was an expected result according to Fraser and Welcome,
who concurred that they were the best pair show.
“ We knew we were the best from day one… We knew once we
trained hard, it would have come easily for us…We trained very
hard for this for the past two months, now we are overjoyed”,
Fraser said with a broad grin.
Both acknowledgedthough, that they would have to work harder, to
ensure that they are the two who head to China in August ,
Second place Dominica had a harder route to the final, taken to
the golden set by the St Lucian combination of Alexander Augier
and AndreMarquis .
St Lucia won match one- 2-0 ( 21-11, 22-20), but Dominican sent
the contest into a golden set , as they took match two 2-1(
21-23, 21-10, 15-11).
Elmes and Florent edged out Augier and Marquis in the golden set
, 16-14 in thrilling fashion.
St Lucia came away with the third spot, taking the two matches
at the expense of Grenada.St Lucia won 2-0 ( 21-12, 21-15) and
2-0 ( 23-21, 21-13).
But it is not all over for Dominica and St Lucia, as they have
another chance at qualification in the second round which begins
Full Day’s Results
FINAL Best of three: VIN d DMA 2-0 ( 21-16, 22-20) and 2-0 9
21-9, 21-5). Semifinals – VIN d GRN 2-0 and 2-0 ( 21-14,
21-15) and (21-14, 21-11). LCA d DMA 2-0 ( 21-11, 22-20) . DMA
d LCA 2-1 ( 21-23, 21-10, 15-11). Golden Set: DMA d LCA
16-14. Third Place SLU d GRN 2-0 (21-12, 21-15 ) and 2-0
( 23-21, 21-13)