Jamaica and TTO reach semis at CAZOVA Women’s
CROIX, Virgin Islands, July 26, 2012 –Hosts US Virgin Islands
withstood a determined challenge from Jamaica to come away with
a five-set win (25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-13) in their
final Group B preliminary round match of CAZOVA Senior Women’s
Championship on Thursday night.
However, despite the win in one hour, 51 minutes, USVI which
ended with four points from two matches still had to settle for
second spot in the three-team pool while Jamaica (seven points)
finished as table-toppers and qualified automatically for
Bahamas, which defeated USVI on Tuesday in its first match
before losing to Jamaica 3-0 a day later also ended with four
points, but the hosts had a better points-ratio percentage of
0.96 to its 0.95.
Leading the way for a pumped up USVI, which held a 16-15 edge on
service ace but trailed 9-14 on blocks, was Valissia Brathwaite
with a tournament-high 29 points while captain Sacha Gumbs
tallied 19, Janelle Sarauw 15 and Danielle Selkridge, 11
Jamaican captain Shedelky Hamilton-Barnes led her team with 16
points. Sasha-Lee Wallen got 14, Makini Thompson 13 and Lecia
Brown, 12 in the loss.
Gumbs, while happy with the win was quick to point out her team
also had an inconsistent game. "We started off doing the right
things and dominated early on but Jamaica then up and we had to
push ourselves a lot more. Jamaica also had a good blocking game
but in the end it was the team that had more heart came out on
Commenting on the match, Jamaica's Hamilton-Barnes said her team
fell down in its passing game early on followed by a lot of
simple errors. Our game tonight was too up and down and in the
fifth set we started off too rocky. While it was not our best
performance I must commend our blockers for keeping us in the
match but our poor serving cost us in the end."
Desiree Miranda, assistant coach of USVI said she believed it
was the best match of the tournament played so far and she was
delighted her team came out on top. The players on both teams
are evenly matched, but we wanted to show the people of USVI
that we are a better team than what they saw against Bahamas and
we did that. The girls went out tonight and worked as hard as
possible and now we move on to the quarterfinals.”
Gatasheu Bonner, the Jamaica coach said his team expected USVI
to come out strong after it was beaten in its opening match.
"They came at us very hard early on and our passing game did not
respond. Going forward we will need to fix that problem and work
at our consistency as well. As usual our girls played with a lot
of fighting spirit but unfortunately we were coming from behind
most of the times losing a lot of energy and in the end we could
not finish strong."
the first match of Thursday, Trinidad & Tobago continued their
quest for a fourth straight title and fifth in tournament
history by brushing aside long-time rivals Barbados in straight
sets (25-17, 25-15, 25-22 ) in their final Pool A match.
by captain Krystle Esdelle's 13 points and 12 from Kelly-Anne
Billingy, T&T won in 68 minutes to top its three-team
round-robin group with maximum ten points and advanced to
Saturday's semifinal as automatic qualifiers.
Channon Thompson and Darlene Ramdin chipped in with nine points
each for T&T which dominated 11-5 on blocks and 17-7 on service
aces while Shari Matthews led Barbados with ten points.
Krystle Esdelle, the T&T captain she was satisfied that her team
got a second straight win to go to the semifinals, but not
entirely happy with how they played. "We still made too many
errors as a team but credit to Barbados also for a good
Speaking after the match, Barbadian captain Thonya Joseph said
her team made too many errors to be competitive against T&T.
"Our passing on the T&T service was not good at all and it cost
us in the first two sets. We got better in the third set by
getting better passes while our blocking game also improved but
in the end we lost to a better team.
Andrew Brathwaite, Barbados coach first congratulated T&T on a
match well played before praising his team for its effort.
has the best women's team in the region and it’s always good for
Barbados to play against T&T because both teams have fought so
many battles over the years. We did not enjoy our best for the
first two sets but as a coach I am heartened by the players
effort in the third set and hopefully we can rebound from this
and get to the final.”
Francisco Cruz, T&T coach lauded Barbados for a well played
match. The first two sets my players executed our game plan well
but in the third set we did not play well while Barbados
improved. "Thankfully we recovered and got the win in three
straight sets. The third set said to me that our players need to
focus and reduce the number of mistakes. We made too many
mistakes serving while our players often found themselves out of
position on long rallies. We have to remember it is up to 25
points mostly so we have to continue playing until we reach that