Barbados starts with victory over Aruba


GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, October 6, 2012.-  Barbados started the NORCECA Group E Men’s 2014 FIVB World Championship with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-14) victory over Aruba.


Barbados performed firmly as expected. Shawn Simpson produced 15 points for the winners, while Aruba was led by Fransua Angela with 8 points. Barbados made the difference with a 10-3 margin in aces.


Barbados’ captain Jamaal Nedd commended the strong chemistry of the team as the key for success.  “We know each other well even if we normally don’t have the chance to play together, only for our teams back home which keeps us sharp and our individual strengths add up,” he said.


Aruba’s captain, Eargenell De Cuba said: “We had some problems with our setter and that made things difficult for us; normally I am a setter so that was why we changed in the second set. We hope to learn from our mistakes and play hard for our country”.


Coach of Barbados, Ludger Niles indicated: “We know that it was important to start with a victory, we are a strong unit. I was able to give all my players a chance to play, which I believe that early in a tournament like this one gives us confidence”.


“My players were nervous and our setter didn’t make his job, that was why I had to adjust in the second set but that meant to lose an attack. We have the difficulty of  only practicing without preparation matches for this kind of tournament which in the end makes the difference” said John Van Der Lee, Coach of Aruba.