Martinique attacks cool off Curacao girls in straight sets
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December, 8, 2019 - The trio of
captain Sarai Bandinos, Oriane Fage and Nancy Louis-Marie
all had solid performances as host and former champions
Martinique defeated Curacao 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-20) in
their Pool A opener of the 2019 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-20) Women Championship at
La Ville Riviere-Salee Palais Des Sport.
Despite the win, Martinique who are hoping to repeat their
2013 triumph on home soil when they beat six-time winners
Trinidad and Tobago, the outcome for Curacao could have been
so much different had they taken one of the two first sets
points on offer when ahead 24-22.
But it was the not the case as the powerful spikes of
Bandinos, Fage, and Louis-Marie when called upon lifted
Martinique to the unlikely first set win.
And with the backing of a vociferous home crowd, Bandinos
and her team-mates stormed their way to an easy second set
win before holding off a late fight-back from the visitors
to clinch victory in three straight sets.
Following the match, Curacao captain, Githangely St Hillaire
was quick to admit that her team-mates were not used to
playing at this level of competition and it affected their
“We are not used to playing in type of atmosphere and
pressure from the crowd, but we did manage to get a chance
to put some pressure on Martinique in the first set and we
did not manage to do it.
“Winning the first set would have given us a good boost of
confidence, but instead it went down because we wasted the
chance, so now we have to prepare for the next match.”
Coach Gilbert Paulina added, “The girls were very nervous,
and it was expected because they are a young team, so we
just have to learn from the mistakes and prepare for the
Bandinos said, “We knew we had pressure on us to get a win
playing at home, but we have been preparing for it for a
long time and it was a really good performance from us.”
Coach Tania Villeronce said that her team knows that winning
a second title at home will be a great achievement.
“We did it once in front of our supporters and would like to
do it again. But it won’t be easy so we have to work hard in
each game and with the support of the spectators we can do