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St. Vincent & Grenadines qualify to Youth Olympics

ST JOHNS, Antigua, June 17, 2018 – St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Enrico Louran and Micah Glasgow) defeated Grenada (Deshan Alexander and Chad Phillip) in straight sets in the finals of the ECVA Beach Youth Olympic championship to maintain an unbeaten record.

This was a convincing victory as they stopped their windward island neighbor 21 18 and 21- 17. In the preliminary round Grenada forced a third set but that did not materialize in the finals. St. Vincent held the lead for long period in both games and was able to ward off any last minute runs from the Grenadians to secure a straight set victory sparking celebrations on the St. Vincent and the Grenadines bench.

Earlier in the day St. Vincent booked their passage to the finals with a victory over St. Kitts/Nevis (Morton and Southwell) – 21-12 and 21-17in the semifinals.

On the other hand, Grenada had a rougher passage to the finals as Antigua/Barbuda (Tejani Harvey and Jahsun Josiah) pushed them to the limits in a three setter (21-15, 15-21 and 15 -13).

Coach Nikita Campbell of St. Vincent and the Grenadines could not hide her joy with a gigantic grin on her face. “I feel so extremely proud at this moment. We did improve a bit on the serves but the boys played a very good all round game and displayed tremendous effort. However celebrations will be short lived as we intend to head back to the training as soon as we get home to prepare for the games in Argentina”, she said.

Captain Micah Glasgow was also jubilant. “We came out here with only one objective and that was to win. We prayed and asked God for the victory then came out here and just gave our best”, he said

Coach Brathwaithe on the other hand was disappointed with the effort displayed. “I feel sorry to tell you that our guys were not disciplined enough for a tournament of this nature. We needed communication and team work to overcome St. Vincent but that did not happen”, he surmised.

In the other games to complete the competition Antigua/Barbuda got the better of St. Kitts/Nevis (21-14 and 23-21) to earn bronze medals and left the latter in 4th. Meanwhile, St. Lucia claimed 5th place over Dominica defeating them 21-16 and 22 -20.

Final positions: Winner - St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2. Grenada 3 Antigua/Barbuda 4th St. Kitts/Nevis, 5th St. Lucia, 6th Dominica.