Coach Steadroy Collins summarized that it was a total team effort that worked in his favour.
“The girls really came out pumped and ready for the task tonight and all departments clicked at the right time. The setter was on her game, Shani (Dyer) and Brenda (Allen) were dominant at the net and Antoinette (Henry) did a lot of very good passing.” he said.
The statistics for the St. Kitts/Nevis team backed up his claim as Dyer had 15 points consisting of 9 spikes and 6 service points while Brenda Allen -Edinborough had 14 spikes and 2 blocks for a total of 16 points.
Captain Antoinette Henry pointed to their overall approach to the group. “From the onset we determined to win so much so that winning it now feels like an anticlimax. I cannot complain about a slow start as we had a really good warm up and kept the momentum throughout,” she said.
Losing Coach Jason Liburd accepted the defeat graciously. “I must admit that St. Kitts & Nevis was the better team tonight. I don’t want to make excuses but we were a bit undermanned losing our captain Khalidah Banks who had to return home urgently. Given a different time with all conditions being equal it would have being a better game but we just weren’t good enough to beat St. Kitts tonight,” he reported.
Stand in captain Ludiane Leveret – Richardson had 10 points as the top scorer for the second place team. She told the press that she and her teammates were satisfied even though they had lost. “We really felt that we poured in a great effort but just did not manage to pull it off. We have noted the areas we need to work on going forward particularly the passing and covering.” she said.
When the team headed to the podium to collect their medals, Brenda Allen- Edinborough was announced as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Other individual awards were as follows:-
Best Server Lisa Leblanc – Bermuda
Best Receiver Antoinette Henry – St. Kitts/Nevis
Best Setter Diana Palmer – St. Kitts Nevis
Best Attacker Shanicia Dyer – St. Kitts Nevis
Best Blocker Brenda Allen Edinborough – St. Kitts Nevis
Best Digger Antionette Henry – St. Kitts Nevis
Best Libero Denise Milican -Bermuda