NORCECA Second Round teams continue their journey to Poland
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, April 27, 2013- Teams contesting NORCECA
Second Round Pool J of the of the 2014 FIVB Men’s World
Championships Qualifications, lead the way as the road to Poland
takes another set of footsteps.
The action serves off on Saturday at the Indoor Multi-purpose
facility at Beausejour.
The host has warmly welcomed El Salvador, Haiti and St Kitts and
Nevis, as they all go in search of the top place, which gains an
automatic berth to the third round.
The second place team has an opportunity to be among the best
four runners-up, based on the rankings in the six tournaments of
the year, who also qualify for the next phase.
And, the teams here are in a mood of buoyancy going into this
round of competition.
Expressing optimism that his charges have what it takes to go it
all the way is coach of the El Salvador outfit- Gabriel Linares.
A confident Linares said: “We are well prepared for this
tournament and I can’t see why we will not qualify for the next
round and even win this group”.
Linares, a former setter with the El Salvador national team
identified St Lucia as his outfit’s biggest threat, but said he
expects a fight from the others in the group.
Meanwhile Haitian coach – Joseph Yves Larrieux expects his
offensive system would be able to carry them through. He noted
that his team has all round ability, but reckons he has to be
mindful of the other competitors.
Larrieux singled out El Salvador as the Haitians strongest
opponent of the lot.
For Coach of the St Kitts and Nevis team- Glenn Quinlan stated
that despite half of his starting six of the team is residing in
St Thomas, which affected the preparations, the players should
give a good account of themselves.
An optimistic Quinlan revealed that his team is aiming for the
first place and is counting on their all-round abilities to see
Quinlan in assessing his team’s opponents said: “We have seen St
Lucia before, so we know what they have… We expect them to be a
little stronger, but Haiti and El Salvador are unknown to us”.
And, St Lucia’s coach Kendall Charlery anticipates a tough
tournament, bearing in mind it is the second round.
“It is the second round, there are more skilled teams and we
expect tough opposition, but we are motivated and ready to take
the first place,” Charlery stated.
Having been in training for the last four months and with the
inclusion of US based players, Amobi Armstrong, an outside
hitter, Charlery thinks his team has enough in its armory to get
the job done.
St Lucia finished top in the first round of Group B, while El
Salvador had to settle for the third spot in Group G, behind
Honduras and Panama, when that phase of the qualification took
place last year.
St Kitts and Nevis enter the second round after placing second
to Dominica in the first round salvo in Group F; likewise Haiti
was the runner-up to the Dominican Republic in Group C.
The compelling evidence of their preparedness will begin to
unfold from 9 am on Saturday, when St Lucia entertains Haiti,
followed by El Salvador versus St Kitts and Nevis.
Matches continue that same evening when St Kitts and Nevis face
off with Haiti and then St Lucia takes on El Salvador.