St. Lucia defeated Dominica in the “intensely-competitive” final match-up on July 13.
The team and coach Florian Combie arrived on island on Monday, July 14 at about 6:30 p.m. aboard flight Liat 309 to a warm congratulatory welcome from a delegation from the sports ministry, including Permanent Secretary Antonius Calderon, Permanent Secretary Fortuna Belrose, District Youth and Sports Officer Saralee Williams and President of the Volleyball Association Brian Louisy.
The entourage arrived bearing trophies and tired faces but expressed that they were happy to be back home after exerting all their energies in the tournament.
In a brief address at an arrival ceremony, held in the VIP lounge of the George FL Charles Airport, Belrose heaped praise on the team.
She urged: “Continue to do well and make St. Lucia proud. St. Lucia is excelling in sports and its with your efforts that we continue to place a mark on our country.”
Team Captain Natalie Edward expressed gratitude to her team and coach Combie for “putting up” with them through the good times and bad.
“We are looking forward to next year’s tournament,” she added.
Meanwhile, Louisy lauded the efforts of each player and urged them to continue practice in the off season in order to prepare for next year’s tournament, which he hopes will once again be won by St. Lucia.
Antigua and Barbuda finished third in the tournament.
Among awards secured by St. Lucians in the competition: Sacha Isidore was named best receiver and overall MVP while her teammate Cindy Wilson, best setter. Samantha Mann was named best outside hitter while best opposite of the tournament was captain Natalie Edward.