Riding on the backs of Outside Hitter Jamarie James (16 points) and Opposite Adrian Constant (12 points), Antigua Barbuda outclassed St. Kitts Nevis in straight sets – 25 -8, 25 -22 and 25 -11.
Apart for a glimmer of hope in the second set when St. Kitts/Nevis led 22 – 18, it was their second straight under par performance in the 3rd match of the ECVA Men’s tournament being held in La Borie, Grenada.
Antigua Barbuda was playing in their first game and Coach Carl Williams was impressed with the overall performance saying that, “Given the conditions of a new venue, playing for the first time, I thought we gave a good account of ourselves.”
“The libero received well with only about two errors from twenty plus efforts and Captain Collin Thomas led from the front by directing the attack with his sets. Of course Constant and James are difficult to stop. So I am satisfied that we are well placed.”
Player/Coach Jason Liburd of St. Kitts/Nevis was quick to take away positives from the game and said that, “Even though we are not yet where we want to be yet this was a much better performance than yesterday. We gave a great effort in the second set but could not close out at the crucial moment.”
“Also, we able to give the younger caste more playing time and although they did not shine outstandingly it was useful for them to get their feet wet and understand what is required at this level,”
Apart from errors which were fairly even Antigua Barbuda bossed the scoring categories. Spikes 24 to 10; Blocks 6 to 4 and In Serves – 17 to 1
Antigua/Barbuda is now set to face St. Lucia in a mouthwatering clash while Pool Play for St. Kitts/Nevis is over. St. Kitts/Nevis however has a last chance as they will play in the crisscross group quarterfinals against the second place of Group B.
Group B participants are host Grenada, St. Vincent and the British Virgin Islands.
Antigua Barbuda Team:
Collin Thomas – (S) Captain
Mr. Dave Rouse – (S)
Barrymore Daley – (S)
Rixon Joseph – (OH)
Yashid Auguiste – (L)
Itiro Jenkins – (M)
Kylon Cabral – (M)
Cairon Davis – (M)
Jamarie James (OH)
Erwin Mathurin (OH)
Adrian Constant (OH)
Paul Richards (OH)
Head Coach: Carl Williams
Assistant Coach: Dan Girleanu
Team Manager: Harris Lewis
Referee: Rawle Lee