Bahamas battles past Curacao for Pool A gold
WILLEMSTED, CURACAO, December 2: Bahamas overcame another
stubborn display from host Curacao to take the gold medal in
Group A of the NORCECA 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship
qualifiers at the International School of Curacao, Willemsted,
on Sunday night.
Leading the way for the Bahamians, winners of the Caribbean
Zonal Volleyball Association Championship in US Virgin Islands,
St Croix in July, Byron Ferguson had a team-high 18 points,
which included seven blocks, while Renaldo Knowles gathered 14
and team captain, Prince’tanique Wilson, 13, in the 22-25,
25-20, 25-21, 25-21 victory in one hour, 38 minutes.
For Curacao which dominated on spikes, 53-43 and service aces,
5-4, Darwin Colina had a match-high, 25 points, punctuated by 21
kills, while Raygid Isenia got 15 and veteran outside hitter,
Poulina Gilbert, nine.
Commenting on the loss, Curacao skipper, Ebram Raphael said his
team had a good start, however they allowed Bahamas to get to
far ahead in the other sets and found it difficult to close the
Despite losing the gold medal match, Raphael said he was still
happy with the effort of his team as it attained what it set out
to do which was to qualify for the second round of the
A man of few words, Bahamian captain Wilson said it was a great
win for his team as they accomplished the goal set out at the
start of the tournament.
Wilson also praised Curacao for being great rivals but felt his
team had the experience and composure to turn it up another
level when they needed too.
Curacao coach, Hubert Petronia, first praised his team for
playing a great game but also lamented that his team needed to
reproduce the same effort as it did against Jamaica in their
final round-robin match to have a chance.
“But credit must also go to Bahamas, they played a great match
and deserved to win and as a team we are satisfied that we
achieve our goal. We have many young players and as we go
forward to the next round we will like to give the younger
players a chance to prove themselves.”
Raymond Wilson, coach of Bahamas and Prince’tanique's dad while
happy that his team had won gold was already looking ahead to
the next round and said the win proved also that the victory at
the CAZOVA Championship was no fluke.
‘In this tournament, our goal as team Bahamas is to go as far as
we cane in each round and matches like these against Curacao who
came out on a high can only improve your level of play which is
With both teams having qualified for the second round by
reaching the final, all that was left to be determined was the
pool allocation to the second round where Bahamas, the winner of
A-1 joins French St Martin (Group D runner-up), Barbados (Group
E runner-up) and Nicaragua (Group H third placed finisher) in
their second round Pool I qualifiers while the Group A runner-up,
Curacao tackles Antigua & Barbuda (Group D winner), Costa Rica (Group
H runner-up) and Aruba (Group E third placed finisher) in their
second round Pool L qualifiers