St. Johns, Antigua, November 25, 2012 – St. Lucia defeated Antigua/Barbuda 3-1 (17- 25; 25 16;25- 21 and 25 – 16) to regain the East Caribbean Volleyball Championship title that they lost two years ago.
This was the second time that both teams met in this tournament with St. Lucia winning in the group stage in straight sets.
Both teams were really pushed in the morning semi finals games as St. Lucia had to overcome a resurging St. Kitts/Nevis in five sets (25 – 20; 25-13; 24-26; 22-25 and 15-6). Antigua on the other hand proved the better team in a hard fought 3-1 (25-17; 25 19; 22-25 and 25-23) victory over Dominica.
They both recovered to give the boisterous crowd a very competitive display of volleyball.
Winning coach Florian Combie was extremely happy with the victory.
“This was a real test to face Antigua/Barbuda in front of their home crowd and they did not disappoint their fans particularly in the first set. I am glad that they did because it tested our metal and brought out the best in us. I think it was the difference in rhythms that our setters created that gave us the advantage.”
Captain Gifta Dujon announced her retirement during the post match interview.
“I knew that this would be my last tournament so I simply shut out the crowd and rallied the girls to put in their uttermost. Now i am feeling extremely proud at achieving this objective.”
Coach Esron Gittens of Antigua had high praise for his team.
“We were not first to the top of the mountain but certainly we got to the top. This represents a huge improvement in our performance and we immediately told our girls that we were very proud of them,” he reported.
Captain Shauna Isaac took time out to congratulate her opponents.
“We made some mistakes in crucial parts of the game and lost mental focus but generally I am proud that we put up a fight against a very good team,” she said.
Final top four positions were 1st St. Lucia; 2nd Antigua/Barbuda; 3rd Dominica; 4th St. Kitts/Nevis.