Suriname cruises to victory over Bahamas
Paramaribo, Suriname, September 1, 2012 - Sandrina Hunsel had an
all round solid display in tallying 19 points to lead host
Suriname to a convincing 3-0 win over Bahamas in their second
match of the 2014 FIVB World Volleyball Women's Norceca First
Round Group A qualifiers in Paramaribo, Suriname on Saturday
afternoon at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sports Hall.
Hunsel's tallied included 13 kills, four blocks and two service
aces as she was the lone player to reach double-figure scoring
in their 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 triumph which was accomplished in
Kame Sigourney, only aged 14, and Xaviera Willemsberg added nine
points each for Suriname to rebound from its shock opening loss
to Guadeloupe and climb into second spot on the four-team
round-robin standings with seven points, two behind unbeaten T&T
ahead of their show-down on Sunday morning.
Third is Guadeloupe with three while winless Bahamas has one
point from its 3-1 loss to T&T in Saturday's first match in the
For Bahamas, Cheryse Bain had nine points and Kelsie Johnson was
the next best scorer with six.
Reflecting on her team's loss, Bahamaian captain Krystel Rolle
said she was lost for words and not sure what really transpired
on the court.
"We started off well in the first and held the lead at 21-19 but
from there our game just fell apart completely and we lost it
mentally as well,” Bain said.
Cheryl Brunnings, captain of Suriname on the other hand was
elated with her team's improved showing after the opening loss
"Tonight we came out and did what we had to do, which was serve
and pass much better than we did in our first match,” Brunnings
Bahamian coach, Joe Smith admitted he was disappointed by his
team's effort but was quick to note all was not lost as the top
three teams will advance to the next round.
"It was a total melt down from our performance against T&T this
morning,” Smith said. "I expected our girls to play better this
afternoon but we did not respond to Suriname's challenge at all.
At the same time, tomorrow is another day and we can still
finish second depending on how the final set of matches go in
the preliminary round and play in the final. If not we still
have a lot to play for as the third team also qualifies.”
Eric Aikman, coach of Suriname said after the loss to Guadeloupe
he had a good team discussion and made some tactical adjustments
which brought reward.
"We played much better tonight as a unit and we can now hope to
continue and improve for our next two matches,” Aikman said.