Martinique remain perfect to stay in contention
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday July 27, 2017 - Martinique
strengthened their play as time passed to overpower
French-speaking Caribbean neighbours Guadeloupe 3-0 in their
Round Two International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World
Championship Qualifier on Thursday.
Led by Lican Ludmila’s 16 points, all kills, Martinique battled
hard to carve out a close 25-23 win in the opening set. However,
they kept distancing themselves to take the following sets
25-19, 25-13 to wrap up an easy win.
Victory placed Martinique in the joint leadership position in
Group D after winning both their matches and their battle
tonight could prove decisive in the battle to advance to Round
Three of the FIVB World Qualifiers.
Two teams will advance from this tournament, which is also the
Caribbean Zonal Voleyball Association (CAZOVA) Women’s
Championship. Trinidad and Tobago, the defending champions, have
already secured one of the spots.
The other spot will go to the highest ranked team next to
Trinidad and Tobago in the CAZOVA Championship. The Trinidadians
are playing in Group E and likely to top their zone.
With the zone winners avoiding each other in the semi-finals,
the path to securing the next highest rank would be clearer and
Martinique ensured that they remained in contention.
Noemie Beltant, with 10 kills in 12 points and Stephanie Trefle,
who banged home seven points, also contributed well for
Martinique, whose 75 points from 199 tries gave them
significantly more winners in Thursday’s game.
Guadeloupe, on the other hand, were only able to conjure 165
opportunities and ended up scoring one-third, 55. Leslie
Figere-Turiaf stuffed five kills in nine points and Amanda
Mauricette had four kills in six points to lead the scoring for
Guadeloupe, whose second loss puts them out of contention for a
Errors were marginal, with Martinique committing 27 and