Bahamas stay alive in ‘Worlds’ qualifying
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, November 13: Bahamas sunk the
hosts and stayed alive in their quest for promotion when Group C
action in the first round of the CAZOVA qualifying series for
the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Championship continued
here at Clifton Hunter High School.
After going down in straight sets against Guadeloupe in the
first match of the tournament the day before, the Bahamians
cruised past Cayman Islands 25-10, 25-12, 25-14 in the second
match of a morning-session double header in 55 minutes.
The victory set-up a do-or-die clash between the seventh-ranked
team in CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) and No.
11 Bonaire in the first match of the evening session for the
second and final qualifying place in the second round from this
The winner of this clash and Guadeloupe, the highest ranked of
the four participating countries at No. 6, will travel to
Jamaica in July to battle for places in the third round in the
Bahamas coach Jason Saunders noted that while his players will
be the favourites “and expect to beat Bonaire” they still have
to go out and get the job done.
And captain Kelsie Johnson was satisfied with the performance
against Cayman Islands and is “confident of victory tonight.”
“We are facing more experienced teams in the competition and it
is a good learning experience for us,” said Cayman Islands coach
And captain Brenda Mascarenhas, who celebrates her 42nd birthday
today, stated: “We trained hard, came out here and did our
But after losing their first two matches, the lowest-ranked team
in the competition at No. 12 have no chance of progressing when
they take the court to oppose Guadeloupe in the final match of
the tournament tonight.
Guadeloupe are certain to capture the gold medal, even if they
are upset by Cayman Islands.