St. Lucia, Antigua, French St. Martin and Dominica

begin strong at ECVA opener



CASTAWAYS, Antigua, May 1, 2015. - St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, French St. Martin and Dominica begin the ECVA Women’s Beach Volleyball Zonal Phase strong at beautiful Castaways Beach.


St. Lucia, top seeded of the event, and Antigua & Barbuda had a pass in the first round of triple elimination and both enjoyed winning their only series of the day in round two, defeating British Virgin Islands and Grenada respectively.


French St. Martin beat Dutch St. Maarten in the first round and then prevailed over St. Vincent in a Golden Set, while Dominica beat Bermuda and St. Kitts & Nevis.


St. Lucia’s Dala Noel and Kerin Neptuno defeated British Virgin Islands’ Tyalia Nibbs and Amadona Creese  2-0 (21-7, 21-7); while Lisa Casimie and Jamilla Lansiquot defeated Lauren Welch/Tanisha Georges 2-0 (21-11, 21-9), to conclude the series with a 2-0 score.


Antigua & Barbuda prevailed over Grenada 2-0 with Mali Peters and Rosemarie Simon beating Shakira Collymore and Deanne John 2-0 (21-12, 21-17); and Sharon Payne with Naheeman Wilson defeated Thornia Williams and Renisha Stafford 2-0 (23-21, 21-16).


Joining the winners’ circle are Valerie Damaseau/Audrey Gil and Fleurimene Cassamajor/Bedelya Hunt French of French St. Martin.  The tandems first dispatched Dutch St. Martin 2-0, with Damaseau/Gil defeating Huggins/Augustine 21-1, 21-7 while Cassamayor/Hunt defeated Boston/Lathasha 17-21, 21-13, 15-9. A Golden Set earned their second win of the day over St. Vincent for a final 2-1 score.


Dominica’s Catherine Celaire-Francis /Anna-Maria Xavier and Zahidu Henry/Marcia Renault-Gustave won series against Bermuda and St. Kitts & Nevis 2-0. Celeaire-Francis/Xavier defeated Bermuda’s Dorush/Stevenson 2-0 (21-10, 21-13) and Howell/Demming of St. Kitts & Nevis 2-0 (21-9, 21-11). Henry/Renault-Gustave prevailed over LeBlanc/White of Bermuda 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 15-10) and over St. Kitts & Nevis’ Allen/Dyer 2-1 (21-15, 15-21, 15-12).


Saturday’s schedule begins with series in the losers’ bracket, with St. Kitts & Nevis facing Anguilla and Bermuda vs. British Virgin Islands. Followed by series in the winners’ bracket, with St. Lucia against Antigua & Barbuda and French St. Martin facing Dominica.


British Virgin Islands 2, Anguilla 0

Lauren Welch/Tanisha Georges IVB-A d  Rikiesha Leveret/Kenvia Hodgen AGU-B 2-1 (12-21, 21-17, 15-13); Tyalia Nibbs/Amadona Creese IVB-B d Janai Gumbs/Eva Hodge AGU-A 2-0 (21-14, 21-16)


French St. Martin 2, Dutch St. Maarten 0

Valerie Damaseau/Audrey Gil FSM-A d Keishan Huggins/Chesley Augustine SXM-B 2-0 (21-1, 21-7);

Fleurimene Cassamajor/Bedelya Hunt FSM-B d Allison Boston/Lathasha Mills SXM-A 2-1 (17-21, 21-13, 15-9) 


Antigua & Barbuda 2, Grenada 0

Mali Peters/Rosemarie Simon ANT-A d Shakira Collymore/Deanne John GRN-B 2-0 (21-12, 21-17);

Sharon Payne/Naheeman Wilson ANT-B d Thornia Williams/Renisha Stafford GRN-A 2-0 (23-21, 21-16)


Dominica 2, Bermuda 0

Catherine Celaire-Francis/Anna-Maria Xavier DMA-A d Dorush/Victoria Stevenson BER-B 2-0 (21-10, 21-13); Zahidu Henry/Marcia Renault-Gustave DMA-B d Lisa LeBlanc/Rebecca White BER-A Stacey 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 15-10)


St. Lucia 2, British Virgin Islands 0

Dala Noel/Kerin Neptune LCA-A d Tyalia Nibbs/Amadona Creese IVB-B 2-0 (21-7, 21-7);

Lisa Casimie/ Jamilla Lansiquot LCA-B d Lauren Welch/Tanisha Georges IVB-A 2-0 (21-11, 21-9)


Dutch St. Maarten 2, Grenada 0

Williams/Renisha Stafford GRN-A d Keishan Huggins/Chesley Augustine SXM-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-12);

Collymore/Deanne John GRN-B Thornia d Allison Boston/Lathasha Mills SXM-A 2-0 (21-11, 21-13)


Dominica 2, St. Kitts & Nevis 0

Catherine Celaire-Francis/Anna-Maria Xavier DMA-A d Gnelle Howell /Michell Demming SKN-B 2-0 (21-9, 21-11); Zahidu Henry/Marcia Renault-Gustave DMA-B d Brenda Allen/Shanicia Dyer SKN-A 2-1 (21-15, 15-21, 15-12)


French St. Martin 2, St. Vincent 1

Valerie Damaseau/Audrey Gil FSM-A d Shernell Browne/Valerie Franklyn VIN-B 2-0 (21-12, 21-9);

Nikita Campbell/Bownie Allicott VIN-A d Fleurimene Cassamajor/Bedelya Hunt FSM-B 2-1 (20-22, 21-11, 15-11); GOLDEN SET Valerie Damaseau/Audrey Gil FSM d Nikita Campbell/Bownie Allicott VIN 15-10