Antiguans Fall Short In Regional Volleyball Tournament

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The senior men’s national volleyball team just missed the gold medal and the only qualifying spot in the recently concluded Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Men’s Qualifiers. They were edged out 3-2 in sets against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday night at the La Borie Indoor facility in Grenada.
The sea-saw battle saw Antigua and Barbuda draw first blood, winning 25-22, St. Vincent and the Grenadines however bounced back, claiming the second set 25-13 and the third 26-24. 
With their back against the wall, the guys from Wadadli rallied in the fourth with a five-point run to win 25-20 and push to a final fifth set.
Both teams were evenly locked trading points but despite a four-point run by Team Antigua and Barbuda, the men could not deter St. Vincent who eventually edged them out, 15-12.
With this win St. Vincent and the Grenadines advanced to the 2019 Continental Championships in Cuba while Antigua and Barbuda had to settle for the silver medal. 
Despite the disappointing loss, Antigua and Barbuda dominated the individual awards section, claiming six of the 12 awards.
Yashid “Granny” Auguiste for the second straight year was named the Best Libero. 
Auguiste also took home the Best Digger and Best Receiver awards.
Captain Collin “Mickey” Thomas was named the Best Setter.
Teammates, Adrian Constant who had 56 spikes and Jamarie “Tusty” James who made 49, claimed the Best Opposite and one of the top Opposite Hitter awards.
Deandre Quashie of the champion team was judged the Best Blocker while his teammate, Asmond Franklyn was named the best scorer with 83 points and the Most Valuable Player (MVP). 
St. Lucia’s Tervin St. Jean claimed two awards for the Best Server and Best Blocker, while teammate Joseph Clercent was named the leading best outside hitter.

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