Spikers battle past Barbados for Group I gold
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, May 26, 2013: Host T&T overcame a
determined Barbados 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20 to claim the
gold medal in their NORCECA Women’s Second Round Group I
qualifier to the 2014 FIVB World Championship at the University
of the West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre, St
Augustine, on Sunday night.
Going into the match, both teams had already secured their
passage to the Third Round of NORCECA qualification after ending
the round-robin series as the top two teams, and despite a much
improved showing from the Barbadians, than in their first
meeting, the more athletic “Calypso Spikers” prevailed in one
hours and 27 minutes, to finish the tournament unbeaten.
Leading the way for the host, ranked seventh in NORCECA was
captain Krystle Esdelle with 20 points, 18 of which was kills
and two aces while Channon Thompson added a valuable 19,
inclusive of 13 kills and five service aces, and Sinead Jack,
For Barbados, Serbia-based Serbia captain, Shari Matthews was
also her team’s top scorer with 14 points, punctuated by 13
kills while Spain-based Anicia Wood chipped in with 13.
Speaking after the match, Matthews first admitted it was the
best performance by her team over the two days of the
“We started off very slow on the first day but in the final it
was evident that we made a big improvement, but still came up
short” ended Matthews.
Esdelle, while happy her team won the gold medal was
disappointed in the actual performance in the final.
She added, “Tonight, our key players did not perform and we made
too many errors which made the match complicated for us.”
Andrew Brathwaite, the Barbadian coach was satisfied with his
team’s display as it was much better than their previous
“ I expected T&T to play at a much higher level tonight, but for
some reason they did not which was good for us and also for the
spectators because it made for an entertaining match for the
T&T coach, Francisco Cruz was full of praise for Barbados, who
he said made his team work very hard for the win.
With respect to his own team Cruz said he was very satisfied
with the outcome because at the moment he cannot demand much