Guadeloupe off to flying start
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, November 12, 2016 - Guadeloupe
got off to a flying start in Group C of the first round of the
CAZOVA qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World
Volleyball Championship here tonight at Clifton Hunter High
The sixth-ranked team in the zone turned in a very impressive
display to defeat the seventh-ranked Bahamas 25-21, 25-11, 26-24
in the first match of the round-robin tournament.
The Bahamians turned the third set into a thriller after all
seemed lost when they found themselves trailing 7-2.
They won ten of the next 15 points to level proceedings at
12-all and later took five straight from 20-17 down to get
within three points of an improbable comeback.
But they failed to convert two set points at 24-22 as Guadeloupe
bounced back to win the last four points of the contest
Bahamian coach Jason Saunders stated “They played an excellent
match,” but believes that that the contest would have gone five
sets had his players been able to close out the third.
“It was the first time we played together in a while, so I’m
pleased with our performance,” said his captain Kelsie Johnson,
who expects her players will only get better in the two
Her opposite number Kelsie Johnson had a very similar response,
pointing out “we did a very good job since this a completely new
team and it was the first time we played together.”
And coach Pascall Douglas noted that “‘we know Bahamas is a very
strong team and we had to come out to play. “This victory could
be very important for the rest of the competition.”
Although there are five matches remaining, the result could
eventually decide the outcome as they are the two highest ranked
teams in the tournament.
Bonaire and Cayman Islands, ranked 11th and 12th,
respectively, in CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association)
are the other contestants and the teams which finish in the
first two positions when the tournament ends tomorrow night will
advance to the second round in Jamaica in July.
The next World Championship will take place in Japan and will
include six countries from the NORCECA region.