As www.islandstats.com reported yesterday Bermuda Women’s Volleyball Team advanced to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers.
All that was left to play for was the Gold Medal match in the ECVA Group A FIVB World Cup Qualification tournament in St. Maarten against the host.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) website reported “Bermuda, sensing a Gold Medal and a trip to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers, defeating St. Maarten 3 – 1, Bermuda won 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-18.
“Young outside hitter Khianda Pearman-Watson literally rose above her opponents to lead Bermuda in scoring and defense. She scored twenty points. Her teammates rallied around her to provide her with excellent support.
“Though St. Maarten had the advantage of strong home support they seemed unable to convert the good start to victory. Team Captain Mills tried rallying her team but it was stymied by a blanket like defense laid down by Bermuda.
“Despite this, there were pockets of brilliance that showed St. Maarten was capable of winning the game. The lead scorer for St. Maarten was Carlijin Van Bergen with nine points.
“Bermuda’s captain Alison Settle – Smith and Coach Elisabeth Rae were rather elated at the team’s performance and the thought of advancing to the second round. She was not worried over losing the first set as her team has went on to win several matches from such a position.
Three Bermuda players also won Tournament Awards:
Most Valuable Player – Bermuda – Khianda Pearman-Watson
Best Outside hitter – Bermuda – Khianda Pearman-Watson
Best Server – Bermuda – Allison Settle Smith
Best Diggers – Bermuda – Amber Lopes