Aruba claims first win in five sets
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, October 6, 2012. - Aruba overcame
Cayman Islands by score of 3-2 (25-17, 17-25, 23-25, 25-18,
15-10) to claim their first win at the NORCECA-E First Round
Tournament of 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship.
The game had its difficulties as both squads were anxious to
claim their first victory in the tournament. Aruba demanded
their maximum effort to win the last match of the day. The
winners were better in service points (7-4) but trailed (13-17)
in the blocking category.
Daniel Mitchell and Frank Meermans topped Aruba with 20 and 19
points respectively. Olney Thompson was the best for Cayman
Islands with 19 points and Martin Bodden tallied 16.
“We lost our first match because things didn’t turn out well but
as a team we worked together to keep up our moral to face Cayman
Islands, I’m proud of my teammates and of my coach,” expressed
Aruba’s captain Eargenell De Cuba.
Olney Thompson, of Cayman Islands said: “Both teams played well,
anyone could have won, it’s just unfortunate that we lost but we
must put it behind, go home and get some rest and think about
the next step to move forward.”
John Van Der Lee stressed that this is Aruba’s first
international match in four years and it was difficult to
prepare. “I told my guys to forget about the mornings’ loss, and
they performed well. Tomorrow we will face Suriname who we
haven’t played against for ten years and the plan is to win”.
Keith Higgins coach of Cayman Islands indicated: “We played a
good match but when it came to crucial points we couldn’t take
control, there was a mix up in the last point, nevertheless we
were already behind. The truth is that we need to play better in
order to win and not only do some things right like our