Women’s Volleyball heads to World
Championships qualifying series
BVI National Team: BVI
National Volleyball Team. Front: Jackie Weeks, Valissa Bratwaithe, Patti Romney
and Ivy Cameron. Back: Kwele Williams, Sabinah Mason, Janelle Scatliffe, Melissa
Amey and Dwayne Rubaine
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
national women’s Volleyball team will face the Nederland Antilles at 7 p.m.
tonight, in it’s first foray in the Federation of International Volleyball World
Championships qualifying series at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica.
Team BVI will
play hosts Jamaica at 9 p.m. on Saturday and wrap up zone play against the
Cayman Islands at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The top two teams in the zone will advance
to the next round.
The team has
been preparing for the last six weeks head coach Kwele Williams said. Although
they knew of the tournament, no fixed date was set until mid February. “We’re
dealing with an experienced set of players and most of them have been working
out prior to and getting back into game shape,” Williams said.
tournament approached, Williams said practices became more intense and players
felt like a team. “During the early days, people were coming from different
teams and trying to fit in, but, now that that we have been doing it for a
while, they have come together and we’ve had good practices over the last two
The team did
not have any warm-up matches and there were several delays with the league that
did not open until Saturday. Williams said the league usually gets underway in
late January or early February and the players would have been seeing live
action. “At one time, there were players preparing on their own knowing that the
league was upcoming,” he said. “So they were getting in shape prior to, but, as
a team itself, that only came later.”
the BVI has been among the top teams in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean
States and won the 2003 tournament. A BVI team has played against the Cayman
Islands before but not Jamaica and the Nederland Antilles.
In an interview
with The Gleaner, Jamaican women’s Volleyball technical director Phillip
Greenland has expressed optimism about his national team's chances of advancing
to the second round of the 2006 Women’s World Championship from the Norceca Pool
Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands have not yet reached our level so we expect to
beat them,” Greenland said. “Our greatest challenge should come from the
Netherlands Antilles. They have a deeply entrenched system and thus their talent
base is presumably strong. However, I believe we can beat them too.”
Jamaica is the
number two ranked Caribbean team and 46th in the world. They are the highest
ranked team in this pool of four, with the Netherlands Antilles ranked at 56th.
team are: Jackie Weeks, Melissa Amey, Ivy Cameron, Jenelle Scatliffe, Sabinah
Mason, Valissa Bratwaithe, Celine Alphonso, Michelle Todman-Georges and Patti
Romney. Coaches; Kwele Williams and Dwayne Rubaine.
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