Jamaica rallies past Martinique for first win
WILLAMSTAD, CURACAO, December 30: Team captain Dellan Brown led
four of his team-mates in double-figure scoring as Jamaica
rebounded from its loss against Bahamas to rally past Martinique
in four sets in the NORCECA Group A 2014 FIVB Men’s World
Championship qualifiers at the International School of Curacao,
Willamstad, on Saturday night.
Brown topscored with 18 points, 15 of which were spikes while
Ryck Webb contributed 17, Delford Morgan 16 and Alwayne Easy 12
for Jamaica to overcome a first set deficit for a 19-25, 25-16,
25-20, 25-16 victory, in 85 minutes.
The win kept Jamaica chances of a top two finish and a spot in
the gold medal match on Sunday night alive.
The Jamaicans who were off to yet another slow start were the
dominant team at the net, 55-39 on spikes and 13-5 on blocks
while the fatigued Martiniquans, still reeling from their
five-set loss to Curacao in the morning session, led 3-2 on
Gregory Alpha led the Martinique attack with 18 points and
captain, David Lafaivre got 13 in the loss, which puts his team
in a must win encounter with pre-tournament favourites Bahamas
on Sunday morning if it is to have chance at the gold medal.
Commenting after the loss, Lafaivre said after playing the first
match against Curacao which went to five sets his team was
confident of doing well against Jamaica, but they were not ready
“The match started out well for us and we were able to take the
first set, but after that we could not maintain the same level
of physical play and came out second best in the end.”
An elated Brown,captain of the Jamaicans said his team was
somewhat surprised by the start that Martinique got in the match
but was able to recover after that.
“I was a bit disappointed in the way we played during the first
set but during the break we told the guys to settle down and
even though we are still not playing to our full potential we
played consistently enough to come back and win the match.
“We are improving with every match and in the final match
tomorrow against Curacao we are also hoping to play much better
and get to the final, added Brown.
Martinique’s coach Erialc Eddy echoed the sentiments of his
captain and agreed that his team was not up to scratch
“We have a match tomorrow against Bahamas and for us we must
forget these first two matches we have played and concentrate on
what is to come.
A relieved Steve Davis, coach of the victorious Jamaicans while
not totally happy with his team’s display said, ‘The guys did
what was necessary for us to get the tonight.
“In the second set we were a lot more selective after reviewing
the first set. We observed that we had a chance to dominate the
middle with our taller players and we did that, but my younger
players are yet to show their full potential and once they do
that we can get to the final and even take the top spot.
In Saturday’s second session final match, Bahamas and host
Curacao, both victorious in their openers meet for the right to
On Sunday in the morning session, the final round of preliminary
matches, Bahamas plays Martinique from 9am followed by Jamaica
and Curacao ahead of the third place match and gold medal
contest in the afternoon.
At the end of the tournament, the top three teams will advance
to the second round of qualifiers which begin next year.