Barbados blanks Honduras for finals spot, qualify for Third
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, May 26, 2013: The experienced trio of
Shari Matthews, Julia Lewis and Anicia Wood all had solid
outings as Barbados blanked Honduras 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17)
in their must-win final round-robin match of the NORCECA
Women’s Second Round Group I qualifiers to reach the tournament
gold medal match against host T&T on Sunday night.
More importantly for Barbados, the win at the University of the
West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre, St Augustine
which was accomplished in 69 minutes ensured a top two finish in
the four-team round-robin pool with a 2-1 record and ten points,
to advance to the Third Round of NORCECA qualification to the
2014 FIVB World Championship in Italy.
Going into the match, both 13th ranked Barbados and Honduras,
ranked five places lower, were in contention to get to the
final, as both had 1-1, while host T&T, ranked seventh, ended
with a 3-0 record and maximum 15 points to earn top spot and
qualification as well. Anguilla, the other team in the group
ended without a point and a 0-3 record.
Matthews, who plays professionally in Serbia ended with a match
high 15 points, all kills while Lewis, the longest serving
member of the team got 11, inclusive of nine kills, and
Spain-based Wood and Rhe-Ann Niles, eight points each.
De-Ann Smith also chipped in with six points off the bench for
the victorious Barbadians, who outscored their opponents in two
critical components of the match, 37-27 on spikes and 5-3 on
blocks, while both teams were evenly matches on service aces,
Speaking after the loss, a visibly dejected Tessa Michelle
Flores, captain of Honduras, said her team started with a lot of
confidence to win the match, but it all came to nothing as they
did not pass and serve well, which is key to victory.
An elated Matthews stated that her team wanted to be more
aggressive from the start and try to improve on their passing
and they were able to do that.
“From our first match to this point we have gotten better and
are very happy to get to the final and qualify for the next
round. We are now hoping to have our best match in the final and
probably get the win against T&T,” ended Matthews.
Marvin Ulloa, coach of Honduras was quick to point out that his
team did not play anything to have a chance to win.
“We were too anxious, while Barbados was much more secure and
composed in their approach.”
Andrew Brathwaite, coach of the Barbadians was delighted that
his team did a good job in executing their game plan.
“From our scouting we knew their strength and weaknesses and I
must credit our players for sticking to our plan. At times we
let them back into the match, but from 20 points onwards we
showed a lot of control.
Brathwaite also credited Honduras for their great defensive work
and their attitude towards playing every point with a lot of
Looking ahead to the final, Brathwaite said his team has built
up quite well from its first match and is keenly looking
forward to facing T&T in the final, with the hope of avenging
the opening day straight sets loss.
The final between T&T and Barbados who have won a combined 11
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association women’s titles will take
place at 8pm on Sunday night, two hours after Honduras and
Anguilla meet for third, with the winner still having a chance
at qualification to the next round on the road to Italy.
However, it will only do so, as the top ranked third placed team
from the six Second Round groups on January 1, 2014.