Hunsel spikes Martinique as Suriname claim spot in semis
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 29, 2017 - Sandrina Hunsel did it again.
The Suriname scoring machine scored 38 of her team’s 106 points
- more than one-third - to set up a 3-1 defeat of Martinique and
launch them into the semi-finals of the International Volleyball
Federation (FIVB) Second Round World Championship Qualifier here
at the National Indoor Sports Complex on Saturday.
In a very competitive encounter, Suriname prevailed 25-22,
25-23, 31-33, 25-21 and will play Trinidad and Tobago in the
first semi-final this evening, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The other semi-final, set to begin at 8:00 p.m., will be played
between hosts Jamaica, the 2015 runners-up and Martinique.
The competition is also the 2017 Caribbean Association of
Volleyball Associations (CAZOVA) Women’s Championship, from
which two teams advance to Round Three World qualifying.
Trinidad and Tobago, the defending CAZOVA champions, are
guaranteed one spot. The next goes to the next highest placed
team in the tournament.
Suriname’s win kept them in the hunt and their coach, Eric
Aikman, noted inconsistencies with their start, but welcomed the
“It was a very good match again, same as yesterday (Friday
against Jamaica) and I’m very happy that we won. The girls gave
their best,” he admitted.
“We didn’t have a good start as yesterday, yesterday we started
the game better. Today, I don’t know why, but the girls were a
bit timid in the beginning and that’s why in every set we had to
come from behind to take the set over, but we did it. Only in
the third set we didn’t do it that way. But in the fourth set we
did it again and I’m happy that we did,” observed Aikman.
Hunsel has been almost a one-woman army all tournament, scoring
very high numbers in all the games while significantly
influencing her team’s performance in this competition. She
blasted in 32 kills in her high-scoring tally and made five
blocks, and got big support from Sigourney Kame, who belted 12
kills in her 17 points. Odille Kame and Janice Valies
contributed seven points apiece.
Aikman expressed satisfaction with their progression to the top
four, noting his players had sacrificed much.
“I’m very happy, I’m very happy for the girls because we had a
very long preparation, almost two years now and it’s finally
paying off,” he said. “So I’m very glad for the girls because
they put a lot of things aside just to play volleyball, just to
train and I’m glad it’s paying off now and they’re in the
His team made 30 errors, significantly lower than his opponents
in the context of the match as Martinique tallied 37.
At the net, Ludmila Lican again topped Martinique’s scoresheet
with 22 points, which included 20 kills, while Stephanie Trefle
supported well by nailing 14 kills in 17 points.
Speaking through an interpreter, Roger Melinard, Martinique’s
coach, expressed gratitude and said they will be looking to
build on the experience.
“The Martinique delegation is very proud to be here, proud to
play against good teams like Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago,”
“Unfortunately, we lost by lack of concentration, but after all
we’re looking forward and will work on our mistakes to get
better. But we thank all within the organisation for the chance
that they gave us to show that Martinique is an island of
“For the future we’re going for progress,” insisted Melinard.
“For this the statement we have is ‘work in progress and go to