Martinique blanks Angilla 3-0, eye gold medal match
PARAMARIBO, SURINAME, Sunday June 16, 2013: Martinique swept
past Anguilla 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) to keep alive its
chances of securing a spot in the gold medal of their their
second round NORCECA Men’s Group M qualifiers to third round of
qualification for the 2014 FIVB World Volleyball Championship in
Going into the penultimate preliminary round-robin match at the
Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal, Martinqiue was level on five points
from two matches with Guatemala while host Suriname led with
maximum ten points.
This meant Martinique needed to win very convincingly to enhance
its chances and led by 13 points from Brice Hardy-Dessources
which included nine spikes and three blocks, and ten from
Gregory Alpha, who also had nine spikes, the French-speaking
islands achieved its goal in 57 minutes.
Aymeric Christine chipped in with eight points and Loris
Christine, six in the win for Martinique which dominated its
rival on spikes, 29-16, and on aces, 11-4 but were outdone on
Anguilla which was guilty of committing 31 errors to
Martinique’s 17 got a team-high 11 points from Sherwin
Richardson, while Ricardo Gumbs got five and the duo of captain
Ian Conner and Calvin Samuel, four each.
With the win, Martinique ended group play with ten points from
two 3-0 wins over Anguilla and Guatemala, which meant the
Central Americans needed to beat host Suriname 3-0 in the final
preliminary round encounter that followed to force the top two
qualifiers to be determined by points differential ratio, ahead
of the final on Sunday night from 9pm
The two remaining teams in the group will play for bronze from
Ian Conner, while admitting that his team was not happy to lose
yet again, but quickly dispel any notions that it was because of
being inferior to the opposing teams.
“We know we can compete with these teams, the difference for us
is that we did not get our passes in while our preparations for
tournament likes these will always be tough because of lack of
He explained, “We trained mostly on outdoor facilities, while we
compete in indoor tournaments, so the guys will take some time
to adjust when we come to tournaments, and we don’t have that
time, as was seen.”
Despite the win, Martinique captain David Lefaivre, who opted to
rest his injuries in this match lamented the fact that his team
had a chance to win each sets by wider margins, but did not make
full use of their chances.
He added, “Unfortunately we now have to sit and see what happens
with the final match between Suriname and Guatemala to know if
we qualify for the final, which will give us a chance at
qualification to the third round.”
Jason Liburd, Anguilla coach said while he would have hoped to
at least win a set his team will take away the experience of
playing at this level and hope to build on it.
“You have to remember, we are at a huge disadvantage when it
comes to preparation due to lack of facilities, but the guys
have the potential and we will continue to work hard,” ended
Martinique’s Eddy Erialc, while visibly not that excited with
the level of play of his team accepted some of the blame.
Erialc said, “Sometimes when you think a match is going to be
very easy in your head as players, it is not that way on the
court and you have many difficulties.
“We were too lazy at some points in the match and at this point
it’s the coach who has to ask the players for better.”