St. Lucia wins another epic battle against Antigua & Barbuda
ST JOHNS, Antigua, August 30, 2019 - When it mattered most
St. Lucia found the wherewithal to outlast Antigua Barbuda
in a 5 set thriller (25-15, 22-25, 25-11, 24-26 and 15-11)
in match #3 of the ECVA male U21 championship
When they were good they were really unstoppable winning by
wide margins of 10, 14 and 4 in the decider. However the
moment they relaxed Antigua/Barbuda took control and never
allowed them to recover.
The inconsistent phenomena could not be explained by Coach
Terry Verdant of St. Lucia. “To be honest I cannot explain
exactly what happened in that game. I certainly think that
we can play at a higher level than Antigua/Barbuda but some
unknown reason they guys tended to drop their level of play
and did not execute what they were supposed to do”, he
Captain Remy Kernel agreed. “At many points in the game I
was very frustrated I kept giving them good sets and the
attackers were missing consistently. I really did not know
what to do next”, he said.
Coach Olsen Joseph of Antigua had a different view. “Our
guys started nervously and once the nerves wore off we were
able to nullify their attack and get some points of our own.
We still have some areas to work on but we will figure it
out before our next match”, he promised.
Antigua’s Captain - Tehari Harvey playing as a middle
blocker led all scorers with 17 points. He got help from
outside hitter Miguel Bourne who contributed 11 points with
The St. Lucia team had a more rounded attack with outside
hitters Fabio Lamontagne (14) and Florent Joshua (9)
accounting for 23 points while David Zid contributed 10.
On the overall scoresheet Antigua/Barbuda led in spikes
15-11 but St. Lucia had the advantage in blocks 3 to 1 and
in service points 7 to 5.
With that result St. Lucia remains undefeated and has
created a pressure situation between St. Vincent and the
Grenadines and Antigua & Barbuda – the final match of pool
St. Lucia’s next encounter is against St. Kitts & Nevis in a
game they are expected to win on current form.