VOLLEYBALL: Jamaica looks to rebound from loss to Canada
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s campaign to get to the FIVB World Championships in Italy in September got off to the worse possible start last 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.
Jamaica Volleyball President Steve Brown put the result down to poor passing. “Yesterday, the passing was not up to scratch and I think that cost us the game,” he said in reaction to the loss.
He said however, that he has seen signs in practice that the team is ready to move past it and defeat the United States Virgin Islands later today in what is now a must-win game. “Today, we play the USVI which we must win and from what we see hopefully we can pull off something and then play Mexico tomorrow and beat Mexico to have a chance of qualifying.”
The winner of the pool gets an automatic berth to the world championships.
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