Champs Guadeloupe finish unbeaten
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, November 13, 2016 - Guadeloupe
were in a class by themselves in Group C in the first round of
the CAZOVA qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World
Volleyball Championship at Clifton Hunter High School.
The highest ranked of the four participating teams whipped the
lowest, Cayman Islands, 25-14, 25-7, 25-16 tonight in the final
match to finish the round-robin tournament unbeaten and with the
After trailing 9-7 in the first set, Guadeloupe won ten
consecutive points and did not face any more anxious moments in
the 55-minute affair.
Leslie Turiaf led the way for the sixth-ranked team in CAZOVA
(Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) and her teammate Sandra
Ramier (ten) was the only other player to get into double
Guadeloupe won all nine sets they contested and qualified for
the second round, along with seventh-ranked runners-up Bahamas.
“We have been preparing for the tournament since February. Good
start and good finish, we won all nine sets,” said coach Pascal
And his jubilant captain Delphine Stephen stated: “Very proud of
the team, we are going to Jamaica.” (referring to the venue for
the second round competition in July).
The 12th-ranked Cayman Islands failed to win a set in
the tournament, but their coach Mark Ray said “we showed heart
and I am proud of my team”, and skipper Brenda Mascarenhas noted
“we have only been training for two months.”
Including defending champions United States, seven countries
from the NORCECA region will compete in the next World
Championships in Japan.