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VI volleyballers stay winless @ ECVA U23 Tournament

The Virgin Islands U23 volleyball team remained winless at the inaugural Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Under-23 women’s Tournament, at the Vide Boutielle Secondary School’s court in St Lucia. Photo: Provided
The Virgin Islands U23 Volleyball Team. Photo: Provided
The Virgin Islands U23 Volleyball Team. Photo: Provided
LA CLERY, St Lucia- The Virgin Islands (VI) U23 Women’s Volleyball team remained winless after suffering a 3-0 loss to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Bronze Medal match on Sunday August 14, 2016 at the inaugural Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Under-23 Women’s Tournament, at the Vide Boutielle Secondary School’s court in St Lucia.

St Vincent and the Grenadines took the bronze medal by dispensing of the Virgin Islands 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-22), with Alicia Glasgow the top scorer for the third successive time, as she tallied 16 points and Shernell Browne, an Outside Hitter, registered 10 points.

Shoniqua Fahie, an Outside Hitter was the VI’s leading scorer with 6 points.

St Vincent and the Grenadines led in spikes, 21-14, while topping in service aces 18-5.

Head coach, Stephen, Payne said the tournament was a good gauge of what is needed in the territory to become more competitive. “What this tournament has taught us is that our development programme back home must be more sustained, instead of just preparing for tournaments” Payne admitted.

Payne believes that his players should be better served from their participation in the tournament and once they stay with the sport would improve in all facets.

In their first game the VI  battled on the court for an hour and forty minutes in a slow paced duel also against St Vincent and the Grenadines, who eventually triumphed 3-1, (25-22, 25-23, 25- 23, 25-16).

St Vincent and the Grenadines owed their win to the scoring of Outside Hitter Shernell Browne who had a game high 17 points.

For the VI, Daijha Matthews had 9 points, to be her team’s lead scorer.

On the team analysis, St Vincent and the Grenadines outstripped their opponents 25-17 in spikes.

VI Coach Stephen Payne and team captain, Daija Matthews, apportioned fatigue and unforced errors for their loss. Matthews though was satisfied with the serves, stating, “We were very good on our serve”. 

She and Payne concurred that they were generally satisfied with the output of the team and vouched improvement when they met St Lucia in their next fixture.

Against St Lucia & Antigua

However, S Lucia eased to a win and made it two from two, running out 3-0 winners (25-13, 25-19, 25-18), with little resistance from the VI.

St Lucia’s Yosherbel Emmanuel, a Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter- Kerin Neptune, both counted 12 points each, whilst for the VI, the top scorer was Akeela Skeete with 7 points.

Payne was bemused at his team’s performance. “I cannot explain why we played that way... They strayed away from the instructions, but all is not lost, we have Antigua and Barbuda next, and hopefully we will see a turnaround in our performance,” Payne lamented.

Unfortunately in that match up, Antigua and Barbuda needed little time and did not have to exert much energy to totally outclass the VI, 3-0,  25-7, 25-9, 25-15), leaving the girls winless from their three matches.

6 Responses to “VI volleyballers stay winless @ ECVA U23 Tournament”

  • son of the soil (16/08/2016, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    I know for a fact that them thief we down there. Them island people ain't no good at all.
    • Wow! (16/08/2016, 17:06) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      What the heck I seeing here, BVI volleyball Association, u all need to stop putting these young ladies that do not have a clue about the game in those situations, if u cant field a team that can at least compete, please stay at home, what's the point here with this team, I hate to be so negative but u all leave me with no choice, is this the best we can do, what is the problem that the more experienced players are not being selected, this team look like a last minute put together!
      • @ wow (17/08/2016, 08:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        If you cannot read it says under 23 tournament!!! Meaning their age group. We need to continue supporting them and is people like you who discourage people from getting involved. B.V.I needs the right training and equipment to continue their development so they can be successful next time. This goes for many entertainment areas of the B.V.I.
      • I guess (17/08/2016, 14:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        People like you is whom i would say dont have sense.. Look at the team what you even know about volleyball because every single girl in this picture played in the last volleyball tournament in the gym.. Whether they won or not im pretty sure they went out and tried there best look at the scores especially for the first game.. Stop bringing negative energy into the youths whom are trying to represent their country you have better solutions for them or anything? If not keep yuh negative business elsewhere.
  • MASA (16/08/2016, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • HMMM (17/08/2016, 14:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So they randomly call persons now or select the persons that make it their time and business to be in the gym practicing unknowing wether they will make the team or not... strupes

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