OCHO RIOS, Jamaica, May 3, 2015 – The local pair of Kai Wright
and Danielle Perry playing as Jamaica-A rallied back from a
seven-point deficit in a decisive golden set to score a
sensational come-from-behind victory over Jessica Wolfenden and
Stefania Gandolfi of Cayman Islands-A in the match for first
place at the Caribbean Zone Beach Volleyball Tournament, a
first-round event of the NORCECA Continental Cup.
Trailing 13-6 in the golden-set the home girls mounted a 9-0
rally led by the well placed services by Perry to give Jamaica
the 15-13 win as hundreds in the stands exploded in celebration.
Wolfenden/Gandolfi had won the first match against Alicia
Malcolm/Sashalee Wallen of Jamaica-B 2-0 (21-18, 23-21) but
Wright/ Perry downed Ilean Powery/Chante Smith-Johnson of Cayman
Islands-B 2-0 (21-6, 21-9), forcing the golden set.
The series for third place between Trinidad & Tobago and
Barbados was also stretched to a golden set with the victory for
the Trinidadians represented by their “A” team of Apphia Glascow/La
Teisha Joseph who overcame Shari Matthews/Anicia Wood of
Glascow/Joseph defeated Anthazia Mason/Sharon Bovell of
Barbados-B 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) to open the series but
Matthews/Wood outdueled Elki Phillip/Shenelle Gordon of Trinidad
& Tobago-B 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) to produce a 1-1 tied score.
The four semifinalists and the teams placed fifth and sixth
–Suriname and U.S. Virgin Islands- qualified to the second phase
of NORCECA Continental Cup, a qualification tournament towards
the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, featuring the Caribbean
countries playing against the top-six countries from Eastern
Final positions: 1. Jamaica, 2. Cayman Islands, 3. Trinidad &
Tobago, 4. Barbados, 5. Suriname, 6. U.S. Virgin Islands, 7.
Haiti, 8. Guadeloupe, 9. Curacao, 10. Bahamas, 11. Martinique,
Results Day Three
Barbados 2, Suriname 0
Anthazia Mason/Sharon Bovell BAR-B d Cheryl Brunings/Sandrina
Hunsel SUR-A 2-0 (25-23, 21-14), Shari Matthews/Anicia Wood
BAR-A d Guenevere Overdiep/Xaviera Willemsberg SUR-B 2-0 (21-5,
Jamaica 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Alicia Malcolm/Sashalee Wallen JAM-B d Apphia Glascow/La Teisha
Joseph TTO-A 2-1 (19-21, 23-21, 15-6), Kai Wright/Danielle Perry
JAM-A d Elki Phillip/Shenelle Gordon TTO-B 2-0 (21-11, 21-10).
Cayman Islands 2, Barbados 2-1
Shari Matthews/Anicia Wood BAR-A d Ilean Powery/Chante
Smith-Johnson CAY-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-9), Jessica Wolfenden/Stefania
Gandolfi CAY-A d Anthazia Mason/Sharon Bovell BAR-B 2-0 (21-3,
21-18). GOLDEN SET: Jessica Wolfenden/Stefania Gandolfi
CAY-A d Shari Matthews/Anicia Wood BAR-A (15-11).
Golden Set for Positions 5-6
Suriname 1, U.S. Virgin Islands 0
Cheryl Brunings/Sandrina Hunsel SUR-A d Jamie Farley/Amber
Bennett ISV-A (15-6).
Positions 3-4 Series
Apphia Glascow/La Teisha Joseph TTO-A d Anthazia Mason/Sharon
Bovell BAR-B 2-0 (21-16, 21-13), Shari Matthews/Anicia Wood
BAR-A d Elki Phillip/Shenelle Gordon TTO-B 2-0 (21-17, 21-18).
GOLDEN SET: Apphia Glascow/La Teisha Joseph TTO-A d Shari
Matthews/Anicia Wood BAR-A (16-14).
Positions 1-2 Series
Jessica Wolfenden/Stefania Gandolfi CAY-A d Alicia Malcolm/Sashalee
Wallen JAM-B 2-0 (21-18, 23-21), Kai Wright/Danielle Perry JAM-A
d Ilean Powery/Chante Smith-Johnson CAY-B 2-0 (21-6, 21-9).
GOLDEN SET: Kai Wright/Danielle Perry JAM-A d Jessica
Wolfenden/Stefania Gandolfi CAY-A (15-13).