Trinidad & Tobago Serves Tough, Defeats St. Lucia
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, USA, September 26, 2017 – Trinidad &
Tobago used strong serving to defeat St. Lucia, 25-15, 25-16,
25-17 on Tuesday in the opening pool play match of the NORCECA
Men’s Continental Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training
Trinidad & Tobago led St. Lucia in kills (34-19) and aces (5-2)
while the teams tied in blocks (6-6). Trinidad & Tobago scored
on 30 errors by St. Lucia while committing 21.
Trinidad & Tobago was led by opposite Ryan Stewart, who had 10
points on seven kills, one block and two aces.
Trinidad & Tobago put together several strong serving runs to
pull ahead in each set. Middle blocker Marc Honore was a
particularly consistent server.
St. Lucia was led by outside hitter Joseph Clercent who scored
14 points on 11 kills, one block and two aces.
St. Lucia will face Canada on Wednesday while Trinidad & Tobago
will have the day off.
Trinidad & Tobago Head Coach Sean Morrison: “It was a good
match. For the guys, we didn’t play together as a team for the
last four months. We have 40 guys overseas. This was our first
game since June together. As I told them, each game is a
building point for us to keep working.
“In our last tournament, our service was really bad, so during
our preparation I made sure we focused on service, so the guys
could be more consistent.”
Trinidad & Tobago Captain Ryan Stewart on what the team did
well: “Today, coming back because we started out a little slow.
Just focus and get point one by one and it added up and we ended
up on top. We did well by committee. We block well and we attack
St. Lucia Head Coach Terry Verdant: “It was a very easy match
because we did not play our game at all… We need to work more on
our defense and try to play harder.”
St. Lucia Captain Mongroo Servin: “Maybe it was nerves. We are a
brand new team apart from me and Clercent. (Next match) we want
to enjoy the game more, play harder and learn something out of