Curacao sweeps past Jamaica to reach final
WILLEMSTED, CURACAO, December 2: Darwin Colina topscored for
the second time in three matches as host, Curacao defeated
Jamaica in straight sets (3-0) to secure second spot at the end
of the preliminary round in the four-team NORCECA Group A 2014
FIVB Men’s World Championship qualifiers.
was in the final round-robin match at the International School
of Curacao on Sunday morning.
Colina amassed 18 points, while veteran Gilbert Poulina added
14, and captain, Ebram Raphael nine for the host to come away
with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 triumph in the winner-take-all
contest in 66 minutes.
Curacao now sets up a gold medal clash with pre-tournament
favourites, Bahamas which topped the pool with three wins from
as many matches and 14 points from a possible 15.
the Jamaicans, who were guilty of making a number of errors,
Conaradio Taylor was the lone scorer in double-figures with 11
points, while Delford Morgan contributed eight and captain
Dellan Brown, seven in the loss.
Going into the encounter, both teams had a 1-1 record of wins
and losses and four points each, and both needed a win to claim
second spot in the group to join Bahamas, recent winners of the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Championship in US Virgin
Islands, St Croix in the second round of qualifiers next year
ahead of the bronze and gold medal matches in the afternoon.
However, it was the host country which executed its plan almost
to perfection and outscored its opponent on spikes, 36-26, 10-4
on blocks and 8-3 on service aces for the win to end with nine
points while Jamaica was third with four, and Martinique, fourth
visibly upset Brown commenting on his team’s display said his
team has developed a trend of starting matches too slow and not
all the times opponents will give them the chance to get back in
the contest as was shown by Curacao.
are lacking that killer instinct at the moment and we now find
ourselves in another must win match if we want to advance to the
next round. We have to find that spirit for the match,” he
Raphael, meanwhile, was excited with the win which guaranteed
his team a spot in the next round but at the same time said he
was eagerly looking ahead to facing Bahamas for a second time in
the gold medal match.
Steve Davis, coach of Jamaica noted that inconsistent play
continues to be a key worry for his team, but at the same time
there were some good signs in the team play.
have not gotten the results that we would like but there are a
lot of positives to take forward and I am hoping that we can get
it right against Martinique in that important match.
a coach I can plan as well as I want to for the match, but now
it’s up to the guys to have that determination and execute
well,” Davis explained.
Hubert Petronia, the soft-spoken coach of Curacao boasted,
“After our last match against Bahamas I said we will win against
Jamaica and that is what we did here to reach the final. I am
very proud of my players because in this tournament no one
focused on us as being a threat and now we go into the final
Sunday night, Jamaica faces Martinique from 6pm in the bronze
medal match which will determine the third team to join
finalists, Bahamas and Curacao in the next round of qualifiers,
beginning next year.