Acina inspires Guadeloupe's upset of host Suriname
Paramaribo, Suriname, September 1, 2012 - Guadeloupe captain
Isabelle Acina led from the front with a team-high 22 points as
her team overcame a 0-2 sets deficit to stun hosts Suriname 3-2
in the second match of Session One of the 2014 FIVB World
Volleyball Women's Norceca First Round Group A.
In addition to Acina, whose tally included 16 kills and six aces,
Sylvia Sidney got 12 and Natacha Clairville, nine important
points for Guadeloupe in the 18-25, 14-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-8
victory in one hour and 38 minutes to silence what started out
as a lively crowd at the Ismay van Wilgen Sports Hall.
Commenting on the win Acina whose team held the edge on spikes
and blocks, 36-31 and 10-4 respectively said, "We are happy for
the win after our slow start. Our service was very good which
was a key to our victory."
"After losing the first two sets our coach (Jean-Louis Delag)
said to us we have to move the ball around a lot more and we
made a few adjustments from there on and we eventual won an
A disappointed Cheryl Brunnings, captain of Suriname, the 2010
Caribbean Championship runners-up noted that after winning the
first two sets in convincing style her team stopped playing.
"Our serving and passing game just fell apart, while Guadeloupe
stepped up its game and we could not respond and in the end we
did not win," Brunnings said.
Eric Aikman, coach of the host nation echoed the views of his
captain saying: "In the first two sets Guadeloupe did not play
well but from the moment they got going and played better we
dropped our service and passing game. Guadeloupe also played a
good match technically and we did not have an answer for it
An elated Delag said he was happy for his girls because they
played a good match despite the slow start. Reflecting on the
first two sets, Delag said he believes his players were a bit
afraid of playing.
"I said to them if you do not improve on how you are playing you
will not win the match and the girls responded nicely. We began
to play much better and were able to force the match to five
sets and won against a good team."