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
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
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.