(SNO) – Saint Lucia placed second in the Caribbean Under 13 Table Tennis Championships in the Dominican Republic over the weekend.
After losing to the Dominican Republic on the opening day, 3-0, the young lads from the Helen of the West bounced back to defeat Curacao, 3-0, and Jamaica, 3-2. That was enough to earn a semifinal spot.
In the semis Saint Lucia defeated the winner of the second group, Puerto Rico, 3-1. They then succumbed to Dominican Republic a second time, but this one was much closer, as the home team sweated on a 3-2 win.
Saint Lucia placed third in doubles, after securing a bye in the first round and beating a team from the Dominican Republic, 3-0, in the quarter-finals.
The semifinal match saw Saint losing to another pair from Dominican Republic, 3 games to 2, in a tightly contested match.
According to Christopher wells, who accompanied the team as coach, “It was a heart breaker, as crowd support and unforced errors cost us the match.”
Saint Lucia led 2 games to 1 and had a 10-8 lead in the fourth, one point away from getting to the finals.
The Dominican Republic team eventually won the doubles title over a team from Guyana.
In individual play, De’andre Calderon finished the tournament with 8 wins and 2 defeats. He was the only player to beat the under 13 champion in the entire tournament.
The athletes who represented Saint Lucia are De’andre Calderon, student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School; Jelanie Dusauzay of St. Mary’s College; Nate John of Babonneau Secondary, and Saneil Bernard of Corinth Secondary.
Three of the students attended the Grande Riviere Primary and the other, Jelanie, attended Camille Henry.
All four students were semifinalists in the 2017 Inter-District Singles Table Tennis Competition, and all are part of the Saint Lucia National Table Tennis Association Elite Programme, based on the Association’s Long Term Development Programme.
With this success, Team Saint Lucia has qualified for the Latin American Championships.
They will be arriving in Saint Lucia on Tuesday afternoon via Martinique on L’Express Des Isles.