Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica start winning
ST CROIX, Virgin Islands, July 25, 2012 - Three-time defending
champions, T&T used a mostly second-string line-up but still
coasted to a 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-19) win over Guadeloupe on
Darlene Ramdin and Channon Thompson led the way for T&T the
four-time overall winners with ten points each while Andrea
Kinsale and Abigail Gloud added nine each. For Guadeloupe the
captain Isabelle Acina had a team-high seven points.
Despite having regular starters, captain, Krystle Esdelle,
Kelly-Ann Billingy, Jalicia Ross and Sinead Jack on the bench
most of the contest, the "Calypso Spikers" still held a 7-6
advantage on blocks and 13-3 on service aces.
Esdelle, captain of the T&T team credited Guadeloupe for its
courageous display and the way they played with a smile. "On the
other hand, our aim to take it match by match as its comes. So
we have to remain focus and keep improving as a team."
Commenting after the match Acina said her team's objective was
to be competitive and play as hard as it could. "We knew going
into the match that T&T was the better team, and for us we
wanted to fight as hard as we could because each point counts.
As a team we are happy how we played and to have had the
opportunity to play against a team like T&T.”
Francisco Cruz, "I like the players of Guadeloupe because they
fight for every point. For me it was a chance to give other
players a chance to perform because some of the girls came here
carrying injuries from the Pan American Cup. The players that
came in tonight did well and for the victory I am satisfied and
we will continue to work for the rest of the tournament.”
Jean-Louis Delag, coach of Guadeloupe commended T&T for its
great performance and said his team played as best as it could.
"I really like the way T&T play, their play the modern game
while my team is still in the learning stages and we will
continue work hard to improve for the future."
Meanwhile, Jamaica got off to a winning start by defeating a
flat Bahamas in straight sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-22).
For the Jamaicans, who dominated with a 12-2 advantage on blocks
and 9-3 on service aces Makini Thompson had a match-high 15
points, Lecia Brown got ten and Tracy-Ann Findlay chipped in
with eight while Kelsie Johnson led Bahamas with seven and Tia
Charlow added six.
Sheldelky Hamilton-Barnes, captain of the Jamaica said her team
had a good all round match and was pleased for the win. "We
started off a bit slow but then we picked up our game and did
not allow Bahamas any easy points. In the third set we fell down
a bit with our serving but our blocking game came up big for us
in the end.”
Speaking after the match Bahamas captain Krystel Rolle said her
team had a number of problems in the match. "We made too many
mistakes on our passing and serving game and after losing the
first set our girls found it difficult to get back up.”
Jamaica coach, Gatasheu Bonner, stated, "Our focus was on our
serving and blocking. The first two sets for us was excellent
but in the third set Bahamas pushed us a bit with their serve
while our service game was not good. We kept our focus and close
out the match in the end and overall we are happy as a team."
Joe Smith, coach of Bahamas said his team was too inconsistent
to have any impact on the match. "Our errors killed us tonight.
We did not serve, receive or pass well while our covering on
plays was also not what is was supposed to be. Jamaica played
well and executed their plans and credit to them on the