Federation’s volleyball team progress to next round of World Championship qualifiers

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Team St. Kitts and Nevis with their spoils after winning the Grenada group of the NORCECA tournament

By Staff Writer

St. Kitts and Nevis indoor volleyball players are making headlines regionally after defeating competition to move into the second round of the FIVB World Championship.

Playing in a four-team group in the St. Georges, Grenada, the local players moved up in a round-robin format.  They made the finals after going down 3-1 against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then rebounding to beat the home team, 3-0.

On Sunday, Aug. 21, St. Kitts and Nevis faced a stronger Bermuda team that prevailed in a 3-1 victory.

The locals qualified for the finals with a superior points rate as they locked homes with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, winning 3-0.

St. Clair Hodge of the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Volleyball Assn. told The Observer the event was a ‘big thing for us’ since the World Championship is a major tournament.  He also pointed out that St. Kitts and Nevis don’t have a lot of facilities for training and playing and to prevail with such athletes was a major accomplishment.  Now the local players are waiting for scheduling of the tournament’s second round which will be played next year.

Mr. Hodge said the players train at an indoor facility. He described it as not very adequate and that it is available only when netball is not being played.