Acina leads Guadeloupe into gold medal match
Paramaribo, Suriname, September 2, 2012 - Guadeloupe captain
Isabelle Acina and Sylvia Sidney combined for 25 points to
inspire a four-set win over Bahamas which secured a spot in the
gold medal match against Trinidad & Tobago in the 2014 FIVB
World Volleyball Women's Norceca First Round Group A in
Paramaribo, Suriname, on Sunday.
Going into the match, Guadeloupe had a 1-1 record and needed a
win to be certain of qualification for the final ahead of host
Suriname (1-1), which played Trinidad & Tobago in its final
match afterwards and needing a win also.
But led by Acina's 13 points and 12 from Sidney, Guadeloupe came
from behind to defeat Bahamas 16-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 in one
hour and 29 minutes at the Ismay van Wilgen Sports Hall to end
the preliminary round with a 2-1 record and seven points.
Vanessa Azille and Meliza Bernard-Fayolle added nine points each
for Guadeloupe which dominated the match after its slow start,
dominating its opponent on spikes, 31-23; blocks 13-8 and
service aces 5-4.
For Bahamas, Melinda Bastian had a team-high 10 points while Tia
Charlow added nine and Cheryse Bain, seven, in the loss which
set up a battle with host Suriname for the third and final
qualification spot to the second round of the world qualifiers.
Speaking after the important victory, an elated Acina said: "The
team had a few problems in the first set with its concentration
after which we settled and played a better game in terms of
movement and passing. Our destiny to get to the finals was in
our hands and we came out and executed and for us to play in a
final at this level it is an honour."
Bahamas captain Krystel Rolle said her team's concentration
level for the match was not where it was supposed to be.
"We needed to have a better game in our service reception and
setting than we did today while we also committed a lot of
errors,” Rolle said. “Nevertheless we still have a chance to
finish third and qualify for the next round we will be hoping to
finish the tournament on a high against whichever team we play
for the bronze medal.”
Jean-Louis Delag, coach of the victorious Guadeloupe team said
he was very happy for his team to reach the final while he also
commended Bahamas for putting up a great fight despite their
team being short on numbers.
A disappointed Joe Smith, coach of the Bahamas congratulated
Guadeloupe on its win saying that most teams in the region can
take a page out of their books for their fighting spirit.
"Guadeloupe is a very scrappy team in that they fight for every
ball while on the other hand we faltered defensively and played
"Tonight if we can somehow repeat our performance we had against
Trinidad & Tobago in our opening match we will have a chance but
it is not going to be easy because we may be short on a key
player for that match due to injury.”