Hosts Antigua and Barbuda had to settle for the bronze medal in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Senior Women’s tournament on Sunday night August 19, 2018 at the YMCA Volleyball Indoor facility.

The team, after falling to Saint Lucia, 3-2 in their semi-final bout earlier that day, overpowered Grenada in straight sets, 25-13, 25-23, 26-24.

Veterans Nyota Peters and Rosemarie Simon secured a number of individual awards as Peters was named the Best Scorer and Best Middle Blocker, while Simon walked away with the Best Digger and Best Libero awards.

Number one ranked Saint Lucia continued their regional dominance as the powerhouse team retained their ECVA title with an unbeaten record of 5-0.

In the best-of-five finals, the champions defeated French St. Martin 3-1 (25-19,25-18,23-25,25-14), to hoist the trophy. St. Martin had played unbeaten in the tournament until their loss to Saint Lucia in the final.

With this victory the Saint Lucians are the only team to advance to the 2019 Continental Championships, and captured the lion’s share of the individual awards.

Lisa Casimir received the MVP, and Best Outside Hitter awards; Kerin Neptune was named the Best Hitter and Best Server, Best Setter award went to Cindy Wilson, and Best Middle Blocker award went to Yosherbel Emmanuel.

Jade Weaver of Bermuda was the Best Opposite, while Dutch St. Maarten’s Tivona Trotman was named the Best Receiver.(antiguaobsrver)