Gold for Unbeaten Suriname
SANTA CRUZ, Aruba, November 27, 2016: Suriname expectedly
remained unbeaten to capture the gold medal in the CAZOVA Group
B qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World
However, the highest ranked team in the round-robin tournament
surprisingly dropped their only set of the two days in disposing
of the cellar-placed Aruba 25-19, 21-25, 25-13, 25-19 in the
sixth and final match in 93 minutes.
Suriname, ranked fourth in the CAZOVA, had been assured of the
title even before the encounter as they had whipped Haiti and
Martinique in their other two matches.
Martinique, at the rear of the field with a ranking of 12, had
nosed out No. 7 Haiti in a nail-biting do-or-die five-setter
just before for the silver medal and will join Suriname in the
Aruba finished winless from their three matches, but they must
have felt that they could have come away with two victories and
advanced had they not squandered several sizeable leads at
crucial times against both Haiti and Martinique. Still, the
tenth-ranked team managed to do what the other two couldn’t and
captain Jackie Toussaint acknowledged that - “we were the only
ones who could take a set from Suriname and we did a good job
"Suriname is a very good team. I’m happy we were able to give
them good competition after two losses,” said Aruba coach Daan
“We got the ending we came here for. We came to win the
tournament and I’m so thankful and proud of the team,” stated
Suriname captain Cheryl Brunings, while her coach admitted: “it
was hard for us, but we made it and I’m very happy.”
This was the final of three qualifying group in the first round
of the zone. Curacao and United States Virgin Islands (USVI)
advanced from Group A in St Croix in early August while
Guadeloupe and Bahamas booked their tickets two weeks ago in
Grand Cayman from Group C.
The second round will take place in July 2017 in Jamaica and
will also include automatic qualifiers Trinidad and Tobago and
hosts Jamaica, ranked first and second in CAZOVA, respectively.
The next edition of the Women’s World Championship will be
contested in Japan and NORCECA will have six qualifiers, plus
defending champions United States.