Alive in Aruba
SANTA CRUZ, Aruba, November 27,
2016: The hosts suffered another major meltdown to squander any
chance of advancing as Haiti stayed alive in CAZOVA the Group B
qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Volleyball
With significant assistance from
their opponents, Haiti defeated Aruba 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 to end
the penultimate session of the round-robin competition.
Haiti, the seventh-ranked team in
CAZOVA, will have to win again tonight when they oppose
Martinique in a do-or-die encounter for a place in second
round. Both teams have lost to Suriname in straight sets and
have a 1-1 record. Although the Arubans still have a match to
play – against Suriname tonight – they have no chance to qualify
having suffered a second heart-breaking defeat.
The hosts had failed to close out
a 22-15 lead in the pivotal third set against Martinique and
went down in four sets the night before. This time it was far
worse, as Aruba was leading 15-9 in the first set and managed to
get just one of the next 17 points as the visitors drew first
blood in unbelievable fashion.
Haiti actually ended up winning an
incredible 17 points in a row during the streak, as they took
the first four in the second set after the last 13 of the
first. The Arubans were able to get back on track late in the
set and dominated early in the third before blowing significant
leads on three occasions. They lost four straight points from
14-8 and then five in succession from 16-12. But the most
hurtful one came at the end when they failed to convert three
straight set points from 24-21 and lost the final five points.
“This is another tough loss,
because I think my team performed well until the big points. As
long as you’re not reaching 25, you have nothing,” said Aruba
coach Daan Kleinbussink. Captain Jackie Toussaint pointed out,
“we need to compete more outside Aruba so we could get more
experience and play at a higher level in the Caribbean; we have
“We regrouped and we tried to
play our best and we won,” was how simply Haiti coach Jean
Michael put it, while his captain confessed “the match was
stressful because of our loss yesterday, but we were confident.”
With two impressive victories
under their belts, the unbeaten Surinamese are certain to claim
one of the two places from this tournament into the second round
in Jamaica in July 2017.
The next edition of the Women’s
World Championship will take place in Japan and this
Confederation (NORCECA) will have six qualifiers as well as
defending champions United States.