National Volleyball Coach, Raphael Braithwaite, is calling for financial assistance to help with warm up games following Grenada’s 3rd place performance at last weekend’s Group B of the NORCECA Zone FIVB World Championships Qualifiers held at La Borie, St. George.
Team Grenada did not qualify for the finals taking the bronze in the penultimate match by defeating Bermuda 25-23, 25-19, and 28-26) in the game played at the La Borie Indoor Facility.
“I am urging the private sector to help the Grenada Volley Ball Association to organise funds so that the team can go (travel abroad) to have warm up games, because warm up games are very important when in those kind of situations (tournament)”, Coach Brathwaite told THE NEW TODAY newspaper.
He said it is only through the warm up games that the performances of the local players can be evaluated.
“Overall I think our guys did perform well because teams like St. Kitts and St. Vincent are more experienced than our team and (would have) had a lot of warm up games unlike our team – so it was really hearting to see the performance of our guys”, he added.
The players who stood out for Grenada in its third place showing were Outside Hitter, Jonell Phillip, who scored 12 points, while Middle Blockers, Christopher Oxford and Nikel John contributed 11 and 10, respectively.
For Bermuda, Middle Blocker, Eron Woods and Outside Hitter, Daniel Fiddick were joint lead scorers with 9 points each.
Grenada was ahead in Spiking 33-30; Blocks, 8-7 and prevailed in serving with 9 aces to 1 from their opponents.
Individually, Phillip accounted for 10 of his team’s total spikes, while John and Oxford each had 3 blocks, and Outside Hitter, Kevon Noel aced 4 serves.
Meanwhile, St. Kitts and Nevis turned the tables on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, trumping them 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) to win the tournament.
St. Kitts and Nevis will move on to the finals to be held later in the year in Japan.