All set for final men World Championship round one qualifiers
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, November 30, 2012 - The eighth and final
first round series, Group A in the NORCECA Men's World
Championship 2014 qualifiers spike off at the International
School of Curacao Auditorium, Williamstad, from Saturday until
Sunday with four countries competing for three spots available
to the second round.
Leading the quartet is recently crowned Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) champions, Bahamas, currently
ranked eighth in NORCECA, fourth placed CAZOVA tournament
finishers, Jamaica (NORCECA 17th ranked), 19th ranked host
Curacao and non-ranked Martinique which reached the
quarterfinals of the CAZOVA event held in St Croix, US Virgin
Islands in July.
Over the two days of competition, the four teams will first
contest a round-robin series which will conclude on the morning
session of day two (Sunday) before the top two teams compete for
the gold medal, having secured the second round passage already.
The third and fourth place teams will vie for the third and
final qualification spot to the second round of the World
qualifiers next year.
Speaking on the eve of the tournament, Eric Ogenia, president of
the Curacao Volleyball Federation it was very important that his
federation puts on a good tournament which will go a long way
in helping to continue their development in the sport.
Ogenia said, "As a team we were preparing a youth squad since
2010 for the 2012 CAZOVA Championships but in the end we did not
get to the finals earlier this year in St Croix due to some
"So for us this tournament will give us a chance to see where we
are at on the international level with regards to our rivals in
this region, and also allow the guys to show what they have
been doing on the practice courts over the years.
He noted, "The guys were very motivated prior to their
non-participation at CAZOVA and when that fell through we were
all disappointed but with World qualifiers now being held here
in Curacao they have rediscovered that belief and want to do
well in front of their home crowd.
Ogenia added, "From the point as president of the Curacao
Volleyball Federation, I am hoping that the team does well. I
know it is a very tough group, probably the toughest of the
entire first round, but I am quietly confident they will do
well and finish among the top three teams to advance to the next
The hosting of the tournament at the International School venue
also came in for high praise from Mushtaque Mohammed, president
of CAZOVA and Head of the Control Committee for the tournament.
Following an inspection of the venue with other members of the
Control Committee on Thursday night and Friday morning, Mohammed
said, "We have not identified any major difficulty with the
facility so it has fulfilled all the major requirements for a
major tournament of this magnitude.
Mohammed also said he was also expecting a very high level of
play from the four participating teams, with newly crowned
CAZOVA champions Bahamas, top four finisher Jamaica, former
powerhouse Martinique and host Curacao all coming strong.
NORCECA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIOSNHIP QUALIFIERS:
Group A: Curacao, Bahamas, Jamaica, Martinique
Saturday December 1 (Session One)
Jamaica vs Bahamas, 9am
Curacao vs Martinique, 11am
Saturday December 1 (Session Two):
Jamaica vs Martinique, 6pm
Curacao vs Bahamas, 8pm
Sunday December 2 (Session One):
Bahamas vs Martinique, 9am
Curacao vs Jamaica, 11am
Sunday December 2 (Session Two):
Third place match, 6pm