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The Bahamas finished seventh at NORCECA Championships

  • The senior men's national volleyball team. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Sep 30, 2013

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Even though they weren’t able to bring back the hardware this time around, members of the senior men’s national volleyball team returned to the country on Sunday with a new regional and international ranking.

For the first time in the history of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF), a national team had qualified to play at the NORCECA’s Men’s Continental Championships. This year’s edition was played in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Team Bahamas finished seventh overall in the competition which was won by the United States.

Finishing two spots above their Caribbean counterparts, St. Lucia and Guatemala, gave Team Bahamas a new ranking. Before heading to Canada, the new “Kings of the Caribbean”, The Bahamas, was in a six-way tie for the number 53 spot on the international listing, this according to the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). English-speaking Caribbean countries such as St. Lucia and Barbados were all a part of the tie. Now that The Bahamas defeated St. Lucia on Friday night, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-20, and with Barbados not competing, Team Bahamas has surged ahead.

Captain Prince Wilson and middle blocker Byron Wilson both have left their marks at the tournament. Wilson finished as the fourth best scorer and Ferguson as the tournament’s second best blocker. Ferguson was also named to the tournament’s all-star team.

Wilson, who scored 15 points in Friday’s game, had 45 spikes, two blocks and two aces for a total of 49 points. The best scorer award went to Cuba’s Abreu Rolando Cepede who had 65 spikes, seven blocks and nine aces. Other Bahamians in the best scorers category were Ferguson,

coming in at number 19, and Forbes at number 40.

In the blockers division, Ferguson had 16 kill blocks, 18 faults and 10 rebounds. Canada’s Rudy Verhoeff attempted 47 blocks, had 18 kill blocks, nine faults and 10 rebounds. Jamal Ferguson finished as the third best libero and seventh best receiver, while setter Tony Simon was ranked sixth overall.

The Bahamas is expected to compete in the inaugural Caribbean Games, set to take place in Trinidad and Tobago in October.

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