Collective effort driving Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 27, 2017 - There is a beauty about team
effort; when one person is not on their game, someone is there
to pick you up.
Power-hitting Tahleia Bishop is crediting this collective
reliance on Jamaica’s success in winning two from two starts in
the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World
The Jamaicans shrugged off a determined challenge from Curacao
here at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Independence Park
Complex, on Thursday night with a 3-0 shut-out – 25-20, 25-20,
Bishop registered a game-high 15 points, which included eight
The overseas-based player noted that despite her outstanding
effort, she was not on top of her game and thanked her teammates
for cushioning her shortfalls.
“I think I passed better yesterday (Wednesday), so today I was
kind of relying on my teammates to help me out in that aspect,
just like leaning on them a little bit. But in terms of my
serving and my attacking I was able to bring a lot to the team
that way,” reasoned Thomas.
“So that’s the great thing, when one person is slacking in one
area there’s always someone there to pick me up.”
Bishop, who also earned five points off her hard-to-return
serves, noted that she had changed her strategy prior to the
competition and worked overtime to get it up to that level.
“I completely changed my serve three days before the tournament
... so I went and practiced on my own to stitch it up,” she
Besides being a World Championship elimination, the tournament
is also the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA)
Women’s Championship. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending
champions and they are already assured one of two spots going
forward from this tournament to the Worlds.
The other spot will go to the team with the next highest ranking
after this tournament.
Besides Thomas, Aiko Jones also stood tall for Jamaica with nine
big kills featuring among her 12 points, while Breanna Atkinson
also scored well with eight points, as well as Simone Asque and
Danaisha Moss, with five points apiece.
Captain Christine Anthony led Curacao’s scoring with 12 points,
including 11 kills, while short, but talented Samira Luis, was
busy and eked out eight points. Lanky Jewengely Hart was another
big contributor, with nine points, including eight kills.
“I’m very proud of us,” said Thomas. “We’ve been pretty nervous,
honestly. This has been like our first competition together, so
we’re slowly shaking up the nerves and I’m really proud of us
for being able to pull out wins despite that.”
She added: “So we’re not at our best game, but collectively
we’ve been able to pick up where others are lacking and really
pull it out, which is great.”