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Barbados wins bronze medal 


St. Croix, Virgin Islands, August 7, 2016 - Barbados shrugged off the disappointment of failing to advance to next year’s second round of the 2018 NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament when they swept Turks & Caicos 3-0 (25-11, 25-21 and 25-14)in their final Group A match of the First Round qualifiers.

Both teams entered the match with 0-2 records and without any chance of competing in next year's Round Two qualifier of the 2018 NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament to be jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria.


With the win, Barbados ended with a 1-2 record and five points, while Curacao and U. S. Virgin Islands, are 2-0 and with maximum ten points ahead of their meeting in the final match of the round-robin series on Sunday night to determine the Group winner.


Both Curacao and U. S Virgin Islands have qualified to the NORCECA Championship as top two finishers and in the process the next round of FIVB World Championship qualifiers.


Captain Patrice Senior of Turks and Caicos expressed her feelings on the overall tournament by stating that it was a good tournament. She then stated that “We did our best, it’s a great experience as a team and for us to go back and work hard as a team.”


Coach Donnovan Garvey of Turks and Caicos showed respect towards the sponsors of the tournament by stating that “Everything were in place and it was welled organized.” He then stated, “The standard was great for his girls being that the completion was high. We’re hoping that we can use this as a foundation to build and develop our growth. Our girls have the right attitude and that’s the most important thing in volleyball.

When asked for her final words on the tournament, Barbados’s Captain Dee-Ann Smith said “I think it was a very good tournament with good competition. Despite our loss, the girls still came out ready to play and I think we did well.”


Barbados’s coach Andrew Brathwaite final words were on the same page with his captain. He said “Our progression was good, from their first game, to their second game and then into this third game. Today we focused on our stats because those are our strengths and we wanted to go home with something in our strength area. For a young team coming through, I think we did a very good job.”