Hunsel fires Suriname past Bahamas for crucial Pool A third spot
Paramaribo, Suriname, September 2, 2012 - Hunsel Sandrina had a
match-high 22 points as host Suriname overcame the
disappointment of missing out on the gold medal match by
sweeping Bahamas in straight sets in the third place match of
the 2014 FIVB World Volleyball Women's Norceca First Round Group
A in Paramaribo on Sunday night.
With the two finalists, Trinidad & Tobago and Guadeloupe already
assured of passage to the second round of qualifiers next year,
the battle was on for the third and final team to join them and
in the end Suriname secured a 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 win in 71
minutes after trailing 20-23 in the first set to take the bronze
Teenager, Kame Sigourney added ten points for Suriname which was
without libero Pamela Gilds who left for studies in Holland
earlier in the day while Xaviera Willemsberg and Chavelli Wip
chipped in with five points each at the Ismay van Wilgen Sports
For the short-handed Bahamians, Cheryse Bain topscored with
eight points, while captain Krystel Rolle and Tia Charlow got
Speaking after the match, Rolle said it was the same old story
for her team as they did not pass and serve well, which is key
to the game.
With regards squandering yet another set lead Rolle said: "We
just could not finish the set. We had numerous chances but again
the game centers on good passing, and if you don't do that well
it will be a problem."
Suriname captain Cheryl Brunings pointed out that before the
match she told her players winning the first set was a key to
the match as it would set the tempo.
"We were behind but we fought hard and after winning the opening
set the match became easier for us," she said.
Bahamas coach lamented the fact that his team was short on
enough bodies due to absent players and injuries and this made
it difficult for his team from the onset.
"We knew the first set would have been a key to the match as it
would set the tempo and we were on course to seal it,” he said.
“However we lost the set and it seemed away our energy and
Suriname took advantage of this."
A delighted Eric Aikman, the coach of bronze medal winners
Suriname said that it was the most important match of the
tournament for his players and they responded well.
"We found ourselves in a tough situation with only the winner
advancing to the second round and the girls played hard for the
first set and took it from there."