French St. Martin wins border clash over Dutch St. Maarten
Marigot, French St. Martin, September 2nd, 2012 - Buoyed by a
small but noisy crowd French St. Martin persevered over their
Dutch counterparts 25-16, 20-25, 25-17, 21-25 and 15-12 to
secure second place in the
FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament NORCECA
It was really a thrilling encounter that lived up to
expectations in the ding-dong manner that it was competed.
Captain Paul Quellery the French captain was ecstatic. “It is
over now and we are in the ECVA finals, so now we have to focus
on preparing for that,” he said.
Coach Jean Luc Lizen of French St. Martin knew that with one
point from this game he would have finished second to Antigua.
“Although we knew we were second after the first set, I kept
encouraging them to finish well. I tried several new tactics
from game to game and it all came together in the final set,” he
Coach and captain of the Dutch team were in one accord in
assessing the game. “I am satisfied the way my guys played,
firing on all cylinders right to the very end. I expected that
and I am happy that they gave such an effort but in the end the
better team won,” Coach Jacobs said.
Leonardo Jeffers the Captain agreed. “I can’t be disappointed
the way we laid it out there on the court responding every time
to their charges, it just that we did not get over the hump in
the final set,” he added.
Jeffers himself was the highest scorer of the match with 22
points made up of 17 spikes and 5 blocks. For French St. Martin,
Henry Julius was the leader in points with 16. He had 11 spikes
and 5 blocks.
The final team positions are as follows:
1. Antigua/Barbuda 17 points
2. French St. Martin 13 points
3. Anguilla 9 points
4. Dutch St. Maarten 7 points
5. Bermuda 4 points