The 2018 NORCECA World Male Volleyball Group E qualifiers spiked off with two matches at the Beasejour Indoor Facility on Wednesday 9th August 2017.The first match was played between Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, which saw the boys from the Nature Isle rallying from one set down to win the match comfortably 3 – 1.Dominica playing very tentatively in the first set allowed Antigua and Barbuda to dictate the pace and in addition to a number of unforced errors lost the opener marginally 28 – 26.Following the resumption a more focused Dominica team took the court with greater determination to take the second set 25 – 19. Despite mounting a spirited fight back Antigua had no answer to their opponents as their lost the third set 25 – 20 to give Dominica a 2 – 1 advantage.The Nature Isle players sensing that their opponents were wilting under the pressure quickly closed off the game winning the fourth set 25 – 21.
The second game of the morning witnessed the battles of the Saints as St. Vincent and the Grenadines came up against St. Kitts and Nevis.From the onset the boys from Arrowroot country made their intentions quite clear as they jumped to an early 2 – 0 with hard fought wins 25 – 23, 26 – 24.Not to be dismayed St. Kitts approached the third set with more optimism and came storming back to reduce the deficit 2 – 1, as they easily won the third set 25 – 14.The fourth set provided the appreciative crowd to some intriguing volleyball as both teams took the fight to each other. The game actually went down to the wire, but it was the Vincies who prevailed outplaying the Kittians 30 – 28 to win the match 3 – 1.
Matches continued in the evening, where in the first match played St. Vincent and the Grenadines defeated Dominica 3 – 1, 25 – 18, 24 – 26, 25 – 14 and 25 – 18. In the final game played on the evening St. Kitts and Nevis defeated Antigua and Barbuda 3 – 1 in a thrilling encounter. Antigua held a slight advantage when they won the first ser 30 – 28. They extended their lead as they won the second set a bit more convincingly 25 – 20. St. Kitts stormed back to take the third set 25 – 19. The fourth set produced a ding dong battle which saw Antigua clinging on to win 26 – 24 and the match 3 – 1.