St Vincent blanks BVI to equalize at 1-1 in Group K


ST CROIX, Virgin Islands, May 25, 2013 – St Vincent & Grenadines swept past British Virgin Islands 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 on Saturday evening to equalize at 1-1 their win-loss record in the NORCECA Second Round Group K Qualification Tournament of the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Italy.


Bretisha Gregg and Krystal Ralph topped the winners with 10 and 8 points respectively while Shaquille Branker and Bownie Allicot charted 7 apiece. Tyalia Nibbs had six points for the losers. St Vincent held a 12-6 margin in blocks and 5-1 in aces.


The key for the victory, according to Captain Nikita Campbell, was the correction of the mistakes made during their morning match against El Salvador.


“We went back and talked about our mistakes and our passing was much better,” Campbell commented.


“Our game completely broke down in the third set which we let it to escape,” said Sabinah Clement of the defeated side. “We made too many unforced errors and my team needs to work in the fundamental plays, passing, serving and blocking.”


Despite the victory, the coach of St Vincent and Grenadines Shaun Young commented on their need of minimizing the unforced errors.

“We had a much better game and used the experience of the morning but we still need to take care of those unforced errors if we want to succeed in this competition,” Young said.


British Virgin Islands Coach Willis Petter said: “We need to sharpen our fundamentals. As my captain said our game broke down in the third set and I think we need to restructure our game, because offense makes your defense better.”