Barbados beat Aruba in opening match


KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 29, 2012. -  Barbados beat Aruba 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-7) in the opening match of the NORCECA Group E First Round Qualification Tournament of the FIVB 2014 Women’s World Championship.


The straight sets win in 58 minutes sees Barbados to take command of the tournament from the beginning to secure one of the three spots available for next year’s round.


With 19 points, Shari Mathews and with 11 points Rhe-Ann Niles topped Barbados’ scorers. Jackie Toussaint was the best for Aruba with 6 points.  


Thonya Joseph captain for the winning team said “we want to take one match at a time and improve with each one. I believe we did pretty well to be our first match in the tournament and we were unsure of what to expect from Aruba.”


“Our team is very young and this is our first time ever in an international tournament” said captain for Aruba, Jackie Toussaint. “Nervousness took control of us and we will try to do better” she added.


Barbados’ coach, Andrew Brathwaite indicated “we decided to focus on our side because we have never seen Aruba play. This match gave us the chance to try different combinations thinking ahead in the tournament”. He finished congratulating Aruba and to keep practicing as it’s just their beginning.


“We definitely need to improve and Barbados took advantage of the numerous errors in our receiving, now we’ll put our mind on the next match” expressed Igmar Ogenia Aruba’s coach.