USVI seal seventh place
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 29, 2017 - In a battle of losers, there
must emerge a winner.
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) claimed that distinction in the
fight among countries that finished winless in group preliminary
play, winning 3-1 against Bahamas to claim seventh place in the
International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Group Two World
Championship Qualifiers on Saturday evening.
I’tiana Taylor played way better than anyone else to accumulate
a game-high 25 points and inspire the USVI to a comeback win
after they had lost the first game 20-25. However, they stepped
up their game and won the next three sets 25-13, 25-16, 25-18.
In the key scoring areas, Taylor proved crucial with 16 kills
and six blocks. Danielle Selkridge, their team’s second highest
points getter with 15, also played big at the net with 12 kills
and two blocks. Valissia Brathwaite also contributed well to the
USVI’s cause with 12 points, while the team’s captain, Aysha
Nickels, scored seven.
Bahamas did not help their cause much as they made too many
errors. While the count was basically similar between the teams,
with USVI tallying 33, Bahamas’ 32, in the context that they
scored 72 points, meant they were committing an error for nearly
every point registered.
Brittney Deveaux was Bahamas’ leading scoring with 12 points,
including eight kills, while captain Brittany Bonamy also
blasted in eight kills, in nine points. Melinda Bastian was also
among the team’s high scorers, with 10 points.
The tournament also doubles as the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (CAZOVA) Women’s Championship and along with
defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, one other team, the
highest placed contestant, will advance to the FIVB Group Three
World Championship Qualifiers.
Trinidad and Tobago, who along with hosts Jamaica got a bye to
Sunday’s semi-finals by virtue of topping their preliminary
group, will host one of the three group play-offs in Round
Three, from October 4-9.
The first takes place in Canada from September 26-30, while the
other will take place from October 11-16 in the Dominican
Each group will consist of four teams and six – the top two from
each – will advance to the World Championships in October, 2018