The Grenada men’s national under-19 volleyball team lost their first match in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association’s (ECVA) Junior Championships in St Maarten.
In the first round of group A matches held on Thursday 23 July, Grenada came up against against St Lucia at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium. St Lucia was victorious over Grenada by winning three straight sets (25–21, 25–22, and 25–23).
According to a release by NORCECA, “the match was more competitive as the score suggests as there were numerous lead changes and mini runs by both teams.”
Speaking with NORCECA in a post-match interview, Head Coach of Grenada’s U19 Team Josh Noel stated why he believe the Spice Isle youth were not successful in their first game. “We started out on a good note, but when it came down to the end our defense was poor, and our on court communication was virtually nonexistent and this is why St Lucia was able to pull it off.”
St Lucia dominated the Grenadian U19 men in terms of points from spikes (27–24) ,and blocks (7–5), but Grenada scored more points from service category (9–8).
The top scorers for Grenada were Outside Hitter Jayvon Gilbert scored 10 points, and Sherman Clement (Opposite) with 7 points.