St Maarten outduel St Martin in humdinger
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, August 12, 2017 - Neither gave any
favours nor asked for any, but St Maarten outlasted St Martin
3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 30-28) of the men’s Group D of the
NORCECA Zone of the FIVB World Championships Qualifiers round
for teams in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA), at
the Beausejour Indoor Facility.
St Maarten controlled the sets one and two, but St Martin
showing some fight, rebounded to win set three, but St Maarten
prevailed in set four, which could have gone either way.
Double figures contributors to St Maarten’s scoring were Riegmar
Valies – 17 points; Leonardo Jeffers - 16 points and Shaquille
Rombley- 12 points. On the scoring list for St Martin, there
were only single digits, with the best being Yann Hodge and
Rotilio Richardson, who both had 9 points each.
St Maarten outdid St Maarten in all departments, winning Attacks
48-42, Blocks 9-5 and Aces 4-3. St Maarten registered 40 errors,
while St Martin conceded 42.
Both teams though shared the spoils on Receptions as they were
level on 47 apiece.
A bubbly, St Maarten’s captain Leonardo Jeffers in summing the
match intimated, “We had a point to prove because we met them in
the final last year and beat them as it is a constantly rivalry
between the two sides”.
Optimistic in his outlook, Jeffers thought by pinning down their
second win, they had put themselves in a good position to play
in the final
Similarly overjoyed with the win was Head Coach – Dimitri
Beauperthy who commented, “We played well in the first two sets,
but had a huge mental lapse in the third but came back in the
fourth, but it was a good mental challenge for the boys as St
Martin pushed us, but we answered”.
Beauperthy added, “We came here with two goals, the first is to
get to the final and the second is to win and we were half way
St Martin’s Assistant Coach- Ashille Brooks thought his players
became complacent whenever the momentum was with them.
“We were too comfortable whenever we took the lead, hence we did
not capitalise on the opportunities when we were in front”,
Brooks confessed that with the two losses, they would be hard
pressed to make it to the final.