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Jamaica rebound to beat USVI ... face Mexico in must-win game today

Published:Monday | May 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica rebounded strongly from the disappointment of losing to Canada in last Friday's opening match at the NORCECA World Championship qualifiers in Mississauga, defeating the US Virgin Islands 3-0. Jamaica swept the closely contested battle 25-22, 25-14, and 25-19 to give themselves a shot at still making it to the FIVB World Championships in Italy in September.

It was the first time Jamaica was winning a match at this stage of world championship qualifying.

A very pleased Steve Brown, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association, said the team played much better than they did against Canada on Friday.

confidence booster

"We played a very good game," he said yesterday. "Simone Asque was in unstoppable form. The team played well all around and everyone contributed. This is a good confidence booster for tomorrow's (today) game against Mexico."

Jamaica plays Mexico today in another must-win encounter.

Jamaica's campaign to get to the FIVB World Championships in Italy in September had got off to the worst possible start Friday night, as they were beaten in straight sets by host country Canada at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

The Jamaicans barely put up a fight and went down 25-9, 25-19, 25-9.

"I'm a bit disappointed. We came here to win. I guess we were nervous because this is our third time reaching the third round and we have new players coming in and joining us. Canada played with more experience than us. I'm just disappointed, but at the same time we have other games coming up so we just need to shake it off and be ready for the other games," said captain Shedeiky Hamilton Barnes.

Brown puts that result down to poor passing. "Yesterday (On Friday), the passing was not up to scratch and I think that cost us the game," he said in reaction to the loss.