Aruba books ticket to second round WCH qualifier


KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 30, 2012. - Aruba won the bronze medal of the NORCECA E First Round qualification tournament to the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship following their 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-13) victory over Cayman Islands.


Aruba had a slow beginning but was determined to book the last spot available for the next round of competitions in 2013 gaining control one point at a time. Earlier they had beaten Cayman Islands led by Jackie Toussaint who once again took her team to finish in third place. 


Aruba´s numbers showed advantage 7-1 in the blocking category and a big difference by 14-4 in serving points. Jackie Toussaint with 14 points topped Aruba’s scorers.  Chante Smith-Johnson finished with 9 points for Cayman Islands.


“They changed their strategy and it wasn’t easy defeating them like we did in the morning. We united as a team to qualify which makes me proud of my teammates” expressed with tears Jackie Toussaint.


Anita Lansdell said “we’ve improved during the tournament so we must keep working on the basics”.


Igmar Ogenia coach of Aruba first wanted to thank his team “their dedication and sacrifice showed its results today; this match was slower than the first because Cayman Islands was better but in the end we reached our goal.”


Cayman Islands’ coach, Keith Higgins indicated “the team is very young and tonight we got closer to what I expected from the period of time that we’ve been training”.