Bermuda delivers upset of the Tournament defeats Anguilla in a
Marigot, French St. Martin, September 2nd, 2012 - A herculean
effort by Bermuda in a come from behind victory over Anguilla
(16-25,16-25,28-26,26-24 and 15 -10) brought the biggest upset
to the FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament
NORCECA Group D.
Anguilla was touted to win the game handsomely to stake a claim
for second place but Bermuda had a different script.
Coach Bill Bucci of Bermuda wore a huge bright smile. “I am
smiling not just because we won but the manner in which we won.
It was all about building confidence and building momentum. Even
when we lost the first two sets we felt that we enjoying the
game and building a momentum so when we took the third set we
were very difficult to stop,” he stated.
Coach Jason Liburd and Captain Ian Connor were both devastated.
“I doubt that we would have the fortitude to play again if we
had a game remaining. It is even worse when we consider that it
is a team that we could defeat,” said Captain Ian Connor in
Coach Liburd admitted that the momentum did swing in the third
set but could not give a reason why. “Although we made some
changes in the third set we had enough experienced players on
court to win the game. It seems as if when they (the Bermudans)
got the momentum going in the third set we just could not
respond the way we ought to,” he surmised.
Brian Amaro (9) and Ian Bucci (8) combine to lead the Bermudan
attack with 17 spikes while Sherwin Richardson led all scorers
with 16 points in a losing cause.
Anguilla left praying that French St. Martin would defeat Dutch
St. Maarten to allow them third place while Bermuda left with
the comfort that their learning curve had moved in a positive