Men’s Volleyball team fourth in
World Championships qualifier
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
men’s national Volleyball team salvaged a victory over the Cayman Islands on
Sunday, to place fourth in the first round of the 2006 World Championships
qualifying tournament at the Gary Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown, Barbados
The five set
victory came following successive losses to host Barbados, the Nederland
Antilles and Jamaica. The match was the only one in the tournament to go five
sets, as Team BVI took the see saw match 25-11, 14-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 15-11
from the Cayman Islands.
this was a very good tournament for the guys because we were able to come away
with at least one victory and at this level for the BVI team, this is a great
achievement,” coach Kwele Williams said. “This is the best of the best that the
Caribbean has to offer.”
began the competition with a straight set 20-25, 22-25 and 18-25 loss to
eventual zone winner and host Barbados. That game was followed by a 12-25, 10-25
and 18-25 set-backs to Jamaica. The BVI had another straight set 22-25, 19-25
and 11-25 loss to the Nederland Antilles.
said the BVI team was competitive against Barbados and Jamaica, despite straight
set losses, which he said was due to lack of experience on the team’s part. He
said one never knows what winning a set would have done for momentum against the
stronger teams. But, he said, the team saw a level of volleyball many had never
seen before and can only help them in the future.
realize the dedication that they need to put in, and also realized, had they
done a little more, the results could have been different. That’s the overall
experience of competing at this level-knowing that you stand a chance to
compete,” Williams noted. “Most people thought we didn’t stand a chance when we
went down, and we might not even score 10, 15 points in a set. But, we took the
top teams down to 20, 22 and that is something we can build on.”
the tournament, Williams said the BVI has been invited to participate in next
year’s Caribbean Volleyball Championships. “That’s a plus for us,” he said. “The
guys came back rather upbeat and are ready to continue training to improve on
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