Martinique grabs all important Pool A third spot
WILLEMSTED, CURACAO, December 2: Mayik Gros Desormeaux and
Aymeric Christine scored 12 points apiece as Martinique secured
the vital third spot in the 2014 NORCECA World Championship
Men’s Group A qualifiers by beating Jamaica 3-0 at the
International School of Curacao, on Sunday night.
Having tasted defeat against the “Reggae Spikers”, in four-sets
in their round-robin meeting on Saturday night, the Martiniquans
were determined not to suffer the same outcome and led by Gros
Desormeaux and Christine came away with a convincing 25-18,
25-20, 25-18 victory over a very lackluster Jamaican squad in
59 minutes, the shortest match of the competition to date.
Edouard Lowinsky chipped in with nine points and captain David
Lefaivre and Gregory Alpha, eight apiece for the winners who
outscored their opponents in spikes, 42-30; and service aces,
3-2 but was overpowered on blocks, 7-10.
For Jamaica, captain Dellan Brown got 11, Ryck Webb ten, and
Delford Morgan, nine, but on the night it was not near
sufficient to get their team the desired result and a place in
the second round of qualification to Poland, 2014.
A relaxed Lafaivre commenting on his team’s win said he was
happy that his players found a way to win, the important match
after losing all three in the round-robin.
“After the match with Jamaica in the round-robin series we made
some tactical changes for this match and it worked for us
Brown said he was puzzled as to why his team failed to turn up
for the crucial encounter.
“All tournament long I have been waiting for the guys to come to
the table and show what they can really do, because we did not
play to our full potential one bit in this competition, and
sadly for us we did not bring it tonight.’
He added, “As captain of the team it’s my responsibility to know
what is wrong but I really can’t say that I do because I know
these guys can play much better than they did.”
Martinique’s coach Erialc Eddy was quick to note that in his
last post-match press conference he said his team will come out
on top against Jamaica and tonight he proved himself correct.
“We knew how we had to prepare for Jamaica after losing our
first meeting and the guys executed the game plan well.”
Steve Davis, coach of the losing Jamaicans like Brown said he
was lost for words as to why the team played as it did.
“At the same time us losing the match comes as a wake-up call to
our coaching staff, the players and the federation in terms of
how we do things with regards to getting teams prepared for
“As coach of the team I also need to figure out how to get the
best out of my players. Dellan (Brown) said the team is well
coach, but maybe I am doing something wrong because we are not
getting the results that I will like to see,” added Davis.
With the win, Martinique as A-3 qualifiers advanced to the
second round Group M series which also includes, Suriname
(Group E winners), Guatemala (Group H winners) and Anguilla
(Group D third placed finishers).
In Sunday’s gold medal match host country Curacao came up
against Bahamas, with the hope of avenging a round-robin loss as
Both teams have already advance to the second round of
qualifiers which begin next year.
However, the winner A-1 will join 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 will tackle 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.