St Lucia replay against St Maarten to take Group D Gold
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, August 13, 2017 - St Lucia finished off
business against St Maarten 3-0 ( 25-18, 25-19, 25-16) to win
gold in the men’s Group D of the NORCECA Zone of the FIVB World
Championships Qualifiers second round for teams in the Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA), at the Beausejour
It was a workmanlike display of all round Volleyball skills, St
Lucia made it a perfect, winning all four matches.
St Lucia had earlier handed St Martin and St Maarten, 3-0
defeats and beat Anguilla, 3-1, in the preliminary phase of the
Led by their one man scoring army, Outside Hitter- Joseph
Clercent, who recorded 13 points, St Lucia took little time in
securing the first place, which turned out to be more than easy.
On the opposite end of the court, the best scorer for St Maarten
was Opposite Hitter- Riegmar Valies, who only claimed 6 points.
St Lucia outdid St Maarten in Attacks, 30-15, Blocks 10-6 and
Aces 2-1. Both teams though, committed the same number of
Head Coach of St Lucia- Terry Verdant, who had predicted a
three- nil defeat on St Maarten, revealed that they came out
very aggressive against their opponents, which rattled them in
the opening set.
“What we also did was to play without a Libero, so that we could
have had five hitters and that was a big change for us”, Verdant
Looking ahead to the more demanding Continental Championships,
Verdant projected an intensification in the team’s preparations
for the outing in the USA, next month.
“ We plan to work on our rhythm, our tempo , our elevation as we
are going to be coming up against those big teams who have some
very tall players over six feet … We also have to work on our
defence as we were not as we should in this tournament”, Verdant
Conceding that his team was beaten by a superior St Lucia team,
Head Coach of St Martin, Dimitri Beauperthuy, acknowledged, “St
Lucia showed their experience in playing in these types of
“ Our passing was not there; We had our setters running up and
down, we made a lot of mental just came up short”, Beauperthuy
assessed of the final.
But Beauperthuy relished the opportunity to play in the
tournament, especially against St Lucia, stating: “It was a
St Lucia joins St Vincent and the Grenadines as the ECVA
representatives at the Continental Championships in Colorado
Springs, USA next month.