Haiti to play Dominican Republic for top place
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 4, 2012 – Haiti
secured a spot in next year’s qualification phase by defeating
Guadeloupe 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-18, 25-15) to improve to a 2-1
win-loss record at the NORCECA-C First Round Tournament of the
2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship on Sunday morning.
The victory guarantees the winners one of the two top places in
the competition where the top-three teams advance to the second
Haiti will play with hosts Dominican Republic (2-0) for the
first position later today while Guadeloupe (1-2) take on U.S.
Virgin Islands (0-2) for third place.
Frantz Joseph, captain of Haiti, led his side with 15 points,
including three blocks while Emmanuel Mabou added 14 with four
Xavier Galipo was the best scorer of Guadeloupe with 13 points
while Ludovic Baltyde and Alexandre Watson each had 9 points.
“I think our team played good volleyball today because my
players decided to apply the information they received,” Haiti’s
coach Yves Larrieux stated. “I am happy about qualifying to next
round and hope to play hard in the final match.”
“I expected to win the match because the qualification is very
important for our volleyball,” Haiti’s captain Joseph said.
“I am disappointed with the loss,” Guadeloupe’s coach Ismael
Olivier said. “Maybe when we play in the morning we don’t play
our best. Now we have to look for the third place match and to
keep the motivation.”
“I was hoping to win but we didn’t play good volleyball,”
Guadeloupe’s captain Loic Couchy stated. “Maybe the match was
too early and it was in our heads. We have to win our next
match, I don0t know how but we have to win.”