Saint Lucia into World Volleyball Champs qualifying finals

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Saint Lucia into World Volleyball Champs qualifying finals
Indira Laurencin gets up for a kill.
Indira Laurencin gets up for a kill.

It took Saint Lucia exactly 60 minutes to book their place in the final of the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship North and Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Qualification Tournament Round 2 Group J on Sunday morning.

After beating Antigua 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 at the International School of Curacao Auditorium in Willemstad, the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association champions have earned a Sunday evening rematch against the home team, who beat them 3-0 in their opening game.

Saint Lucia was once again led by Indira Laurencin, whose 12 kills, four blocks and a service ace accounted for 17 points. Team captain Natalie Edward added eight kills, two aces and a block, whilst Dania Hamilton chipped in with six kills, Latoya Edward and substitute Tyna Williams with five kills apiece.

Saint Lucia ended the round robin phase with two wins and a loss. Curacao beat Belize 25-11, 25-19, 25-11 to stay unbeaten, Belize having recorded a solitary Saturday morning victory over winless Antigua.

The winner of tonight’s final will progress to Round 3, another step closer to the 2014 FIVB World Championships in Italy. Six women’s sides from NORCECA will qualify to Italy.

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