Bahamas advance in ‘Worlds’ qualifier
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, November 13, 2016 - Bahamas
outclassed Bonaire 25-16, 25-10, 25-11 to secure the second and
final qualifying spot from Group C into the second round of the
CAZOVA qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World
Volleyball Championship here at Clifton Hunter High School.
Bonaire were only in contention until they took advantage of a
sluggish start by their opponents to sprint to an 8-3 lead.
However it was a completely different story after the technical
time-out and the Bahamians went on to win 22 of the last 30
points to draw first blood.
With the second set tied at five, the seventh-ranked team in
CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) won eight points
in a row and then five straight after Brittany Bonamy spiked
into the net.
Bahamas won the first seven points of the third and their 11th-ranked
opponents, who also needed to win the fixture to qualify, were
never able to get within striking distance.
Melinda Bastian led the way for the winners with 18 points and
was able assisted by Bonamy (11) and skipper Kelsie Johnson
(ten) in the 54-minute contest.
Bahamas had whipped Cayman Islands in straight sets in the
morning session and Johnson believes that “we would have ended
up with the gold medal if we played Guadeloupe in the third game
instead of the first.”
Guadeloupe, ranked one place higher than Bahamas in CAZOVA,
defeated Bahamas in straight sets in the battle of the two
highest rated teams in the first match of the tournament
Although Bahamas failed to convert two sets points at 24-22 in
the third set of that contest, coach Jason Saunders believes the
fans “were able to see what his team was capable” after that
Both captain Claudette van Arneman and coach Leo Richardson of
outsiders Bonaire stated that they were proud that their team
never gave up and was able to win a match (against Cayman
Islands) in the tournament.
Guadeloupe, assured of capturing the gold medal even before they
faced Cayman Islands in the final match of the round-robin
competition, will join Bahamas in the second round in Jamaica in
Including defending champions United States, seven countries
from the NORCECA region will compete in the next World
Championships in Japan.