Xiamara Malone named Best Middle Blocker as BVI U20 Female Team concludes Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Championship

By: Virgin Islands Volleyball Association

Team BVI at the Under 20 Female Easter Caribbean Volleyball Championships, St Eustatius, July 8 – 9, 2018. Photo: VIVA

Over the weekend of July 8th – 9th 2018, Ms. Xiomara Malone was named the Best Middle Blocker of the Under 20 Female Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Championships. Ms. Malone maximised her performance by scoring 8 killed blocks on 20 block attempts. In addition, Malone was among the top 10 players in two other categories, namely Best Scorer and Best Spiker.

In addition to Malone, Ms. Shaliqua Fahie and Ms. Kijana Callwood featured among the top 10 players in different categories.

Best Scorers
Out of the top 10 players, Xiomara Malone ranked #8 with a score of 18 points. Shauliqua Fahie ranked #12 with a score of 14 points.

Best Spikers
Out of the top 10 players, Xiomara Malone ranked # 5 and Shauliqua Fahie ranked #6 .

Best Server
Out of the top 10 players, Kijana Callwood ranked #9 for the weekend tournament with 8 aces and 29 serve hits.

Best Digger
Out of the top 10 players, Kijana Callwood ranked #10 with 6 digs and 21 receptions.

The team comprised Xiomara Malone, Shauliqua Fahie, Keanna Smith, Onel Bell, Jhanessa Peters, Kijana Callwood, Dejanae Bowen, and Marianne Harry. The team played the Bronze Medal Match against host country, St. Eustatius and was defeated in a four set thriller, 3 set to 1.

The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association is extremely proud of  the young ladies for their will and fight during these games and their representation of the BVI. It is the goal of the VIVA to continue to develop its junior teams so that they can represent the territory well in future tournaments.

Coach’s Report
Mr. Willis Potter, team head coach, stated that the team showed great promise being a very young team with the youngest player being 12 years old. They showed growth from game to game, overcoming nerves and low self-confidence to become more competitive as they contested teams from St. Lucia, St. Eustatius and Antigua & Barbuda. The team was led by co-captains Shauliqua Fahie and Xiomara Malone. Coach Potter is “extremely proud” of the way the young ladies represented the territory noting that “even in the face of an uphill battle they continued to work hard and showed their commitment to the representation of the British Virgin Islands.”

“I want to extend great appreciation to the parents for allowing this special group of young ladies to enter our training program, and I want to encourage them to continue to help to fulfill our mandate to make the BVI volleyball competitive again and together we will make it. Special appreciation and recognition are extended to Mr. Stephen Payne for his hard work and dedication to this team in their preparation before and after the conclusion of the game, and Mrs. Kisheba Sprauve-Callwood who ensured all logistics were taken care of for the tournament and was the mom to the team, I thank you all,” said the coach.