St. Lucia Takes Bronze in Men's Qualifier
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 18, 2014) - St. Lucia capped the Men’s NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament Third Round Pool O Sunday evening by defeating Haiti 15-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12 in the bronze-medal match at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Joseph Clercent sparked St. Lucia’s comeback with 21 points and Julian Bissette added 20 points. Captain Jason Octave chipped in 10 points. Volvick Dupuy tallied 16 points to lead Haiti. Teammate Ralph Adolph scored 13.
St. Lucia held a 56-49 advantage in kills, while Haiti held a slim 6-5 edge in aces. Both teams put up 11 blocks.
St. Lucia and Haiti have now met four times during the 2014 NORCECA World Championship qualification process. Haiti defeated St. Lucia in pool play earlier this week. In the second round of the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament, St. Lucia had defeated Haiti twice to win Group J.
Photos of the match can be viewed by clicking here.
St. Lucia Head Coach Kendall Charlery: (About finishing sets) We spoke about it after the last match. We are here, we have nothing to lose. Just give it your all. We are happy to come out with the victory and finish in third place. The experience for our young guys is good. We know what we need to go back and work on. It will not be easy, but we will work on it.”
St. Lucia Captain Jason Octave: “We started to rely on fundamentals in the fourth set – not just the power game and focused more on strategizing. It helped slow them down and also helped our defense. (On the building rivalry with Haiti) We all love the sport. Any way you can develop a rivalry is welcome. (On his team’s youth building to future) Certainly so that this victory helps. We have a long way to go. We have a good young team. We will go back to work on fundamentals so we can win higher level matches.”
Haiti Head Coach Yves Larrieux: "St. Lucia won at the right time. We won during the classification round, but they won the bronze medal. Tonight, we lost the second and fourth sets, and it should not have been that way. St. Lucia woke up, and they won the match. That is the competition of volleyball. There has to be a winner, and tonight it was St. Lucia. I congratulate them."
Haiti Captain Ralph Adolph: "A lack of concentration and focus were the main reasons we lost the last two sets. We should have won the match 3-0, but this is volleyball. It happens. We lost tonight, but we will work harder."