Barbados stun Bahamas in enthralling World Championship qualifier final
Marigot, St. Martin, August 12, 2013 - Barbados turned the tables on the Bahamas and stunned them in a thrilling final match at the NORCECA Group I Second Round Qualification Tournament of the FIVB Men's World Championship winning 25-15, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23 on Sunday to earn a ticket to the third and final NORCECA phase in 2014.
Players of Barbados celebrate after earning a ticket to NORCECA Third Round of Qualifiers towards the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland|
Princ Tanique Wilson led as usual for the Bahamas with a match-high 22 points and he had assistance from Byron Ferguson with 10. Barbados’ attack was more widely spread. Fabian Cox had 16 points, Shawn Simpson and 15 and Jabarry Goodridge and Jamaal Nedd contributed 11 and 10 respectively.
After losing in straight sets in the preliminaries it was like sweet revenge for Barbados and Ludger Niles, the coach of the Barbados team, could not hide his elation at accomplishing the feat.
"First let me congratulate Bahamas for playing a very entertaining game. As I told you at the onset of the tournament the team that was freshest and fittest in the finals stood a very good chance at winning. After losing the second set we decided that our main focus would be to serve well and play gritty defense. It is important to note the fact that Bahamas played a five-setter earlier today and that played into our hands," he beamed.
Coach Raymond Wilson of Bahamas was gracious in defeat."I believe we came across a team that was more prepared, more focused than us. Added to that, they committed fewer errors and at this level that's a huge factor. The five-setter this morning probably resulted in our sluggish start but Barbados seemed to be more hungry, and had the perfect ingredients for victory," he conceded.
Earlier, Nicaragua ensured that they did not return home empty handed when they took care of St. Martin in straight sets (25-21, 25-17, 25 -21) while playing in the third place playoff game.
Tito Valdivia’s 13 points and Jonathan Tuckler’s 12 points carried the brunt of the attack for the Central Americans while Rotilio Richardson with 15 points (13 spikes and 2 blocks) was all alone fighting a losing battle for St. Martin.
In the morning matches of Sunday Barbados earned the right to play in the finals when they defeated hosts St. Martin 3-0 (25-22,25-18, 25-20).
Clearly, it was the best effort by St. Martin over three games but it was still not good enough for victory as everything went Barbados' way when it mattered.
Rotilio Richardson was the highest scorer for the game with 18 points in a losing cause. Fabian Cox led all Barbadian scorers with 12 points while Jabarry Goodridge chipped in with 8.
Also, Bahamas was made to put in a workmanlike performance in order to overcome a gritty Nicaraguan team in five sets (19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 15-6).
The win maintained a perfect record for Bahamas and secured their place in the finals while Nicaragua was relegated to play for third place.
Princ Tanique Wilson literally carried the attack for team Bahamas with 32 points. He had 28 spikes and 4 service aces. The next best scorer for Bahamas was Byron Ferguson with 10 points. On the losing side Alvarado Martinez contributed 17 points as the team's highest scorer.
- Brazil remain top of men’s world ranking after gold finish in Rio 2016
- Olympic champions China reach top spot in women’s world ranking
- Brazil’s Pedro/Evandro win battle of Olympians over USA for gold at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/Ross overcome Spain’s Lili/Elsa for gold medal at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Latvia’s Samoilovs/Smedins roar to bronze medal win at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Germany’s Sude/Laboureur capture bronze medal at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Olympians from Brazil and USA to battle for gold Medal Sunday at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/Ross vs. Spain’s Lili/Elsa for women’s gold medal Sunday at $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Brazil, Italy, Latvia and USA earn men's semifinal spots Saturday at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/ Ross leading women’s field to Saturday semis at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Italy’s Rangheiri/Caminati win twice Friday to earn quarterfinal spot at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Hughes/Claes enjoy ‘summer school’ on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
- Latvia’s Samoilovs/Smedins win their pool 3-0 on Thursday
- Spain’s Fernandez/Baquerizo lead six 3-0 women’s duos to elimination rounds
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/Ross enjoy two home sand wins Wednesday in Long Beach
- USA Olympians Lucena/Dalhausser start quickly at Long Beach Grand Slam
- Trips to Toronto at stake in Long Beach
- Press review: Volleyball still making headlines after rumble in Rio
- Brazil’s George/Thiago progress to main draw at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Larsen/Flint among eight women qualifiers for main draw at $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Priddy completes fourth Olympics with pride
- Joy and gratitude for silver medallists Agatha and Barbara
- Serginho highlights role of libero with Rio 2016 MVP award
- Press review: Brazil crowned in spectacular Olympic finale
- MVP Zhu Ting celebrates Chinese team spirit
- Alison and Bruno split gold medal with coach
- From Rio to Tokyo, the countdown for 2020 is on!
- Social media heats up as Brazil top volleyball world
- For USA’s Lee, “Tokyo no, World Championships yes, if they will have me!”
- 2016 FIVB World Tour regular season finale in USA at $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam in SoCal
- Tetyukhin's quarter-century Olympic journey comes to tearful end
- Lang Ping becomes first person in volleyball to win Olympic gold as player and coach
- China ride wave of fans' support to gold
- Volleyball men's top guns set for final battle in Rio
- Social media takes Maracanazinho women's medal match drama around the globe
- Dutchmen “floating” home to meet the "King"! Then Toronto?
- Sloetjes rises above disappointment, looks ahead to Tokyo 2020
- Women's Rio 2016 final an all-female affair
- Europeans showing no gap exists with traditional powers
- This is what it's all about: The medals of Rio 2016
- 16 days of Volleyball House activity ends in true Rio style
- Kiraly “phenomenal feeling” after winning fifth Olympic medal
- Video: The Today Show’s take on Bossaball
- Order rules as referees visit Volleyball House
- 2016 FIVB World Tour update after Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Magic of Copacabana takes over social media
- Unique Maracanazinho semifinal atmosphere captured on social media
- Rematches of Athens 2004 for gold and bronze in Rio 2016
- Medal time is here for women’s tournament
- FIVB delivers impressive sports presentation masterclass at Rio 2016 Olympic Games