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The Bahamas to play St. Lucia

  • Team Bahamas pulled of a three-set win over Guatemala on Thursday night. They were scheduled to play St. Lucia in a final classification last evening. FILE

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Sep 28, 2013

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Some are calling it a surprising victory but head coach of the men’s national volleyball team, Raymond Wilson said the three-set win over Guatemala just shows that The Bahamas deserves to be playing at this high level.

In their third game, at the NORCECA’s 2013 Men Continental Championships, in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, Team Bahamas pulled off a 25-18, 25-21 and 25-23 win over the Spanish-speaking country. Led by captain Prince Wilson, who scored 14 points, inclusive of two aces, The Bahamas will now play St. Lucia for final classification.

The five-day tournament is one of the highest ranking for countries in this region. Top teams in the world like the U.S., Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico are contesting. The Bahamas, which is currently the top ranked men’s team in the English-speaking Caribbean can boast that they are the dominants in the enter Caribbean with the win over St. Lucia. The win will also serve as an historic feat, as the country will be viewed as the seventh best in the NORCECA Continental.

The six teams from the NORCECA Continental ranking and three champions from zonal competitions such as the AFECAVOL, ECVA and CAZOVA are represented in Canada. The Bahamas is the CAZOVA champions.

In the game against Guatemala, Renaldo Knowles had 13 kills, four faults and five shots for a total of 22 attempts. Wilson also attempted 22 kills, 12 non-returnable spikes, two faults and eight shots. Shedrick Forbes had eight spikes, five faults and one shot. Byron Ferguson led the blocks for The Bahamas with seven kill blocks, four faults and three rebounds. Romel Lightbourne and Forbes both had two kill blocks. Andy Leonardo Blanco who closed with 12 points led team Guatemala.

Members of Team Bahamas includes Wilson, Tonny Simon, Rajahl Moxey, Gaege Smith, Forbes, Tonny Simon, Smith, Knowles, Lightbourne, John Isaacs Jr., Enderiech Rahming and Ferguson who plays professional volleyball.

 


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