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Selkridge MVP as USVI wins World Championship Pool “C”

With the help of MVP Danielle Selkridg and Top Scorer Valissia Brathwaite the USVI won the NORCECA World Championship Pool C qualifier on Sunday. Photo: NORCECA
Selkridge pictured centre and Brathwaite to her left picked up individual Honours at the Qualifiers including MVP, Best Spiker and Top Scorer respectively. Photo: NORCECA
Selkridge pictured centre and Brathwaite to her left picked up individual Honours at the Qualifiers including MVP, Best Spiker and Top Scorer respectively. Photo: NORCECA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With an ironic twist of fate ahead of the BVI Amateur Volleyball Association hosting Pool “F” in the World Championship Qualifiers, two of the best home grown talents powered the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) to victory in Pool “C” on Sunday May 27, 2012.

Tournament "MVP" Virgin Islander Danielle Selkridge led all scorers with 16 points as host US Virgin Islands defeated Curacao 25-23, 25-15, 19-25, 25-17 in the final of the 2014 FIVB World Championship Qualification First Round Women's Pool C series at the Ronald "Ranche" Charles Basketball Arena.

Team mate and another Virgin Islander Valissia Brathwaite, joined Selkridge on the Honour Roll being named as Best Scorer, whilst Selkridge added Best Spiker to her MVP Honours.

USVI Team captain, Sacha Gumbs contributed 15 points in the Final while Janelle Sarauw got 13 for the USVI. For Curacao, captain, Christine Anthony once again led from the front with 15 points, however, no other player on her team scored in double-figures.

The trio of USVI, Curacao and third place finisher Haiti now advances to the Second Round of qualification while Martinique ended in fourth spot.

Commenting on the win, Gumbs said both teams played well but her team was very determined to get the gold medal in front of their fans.

Gumbs also credited Curacao's Anthony for leading her team's fight back with her all round play.

Lucille Hobson, USVI's coach while happy for the win once again felt her team did not play well enough. "I still don't think the real USVI showed up in the final. We made too many errors which allowed Curacao to stay in the match. But overall I'm happy for the win, a victory is a victory,” added Hobson.

Reflecting on her team's second place finish Curacao captain, Anthony said she was disappointed. “I am not satisfied that we finished second. We did not have the determination and we made too many errors and were not consistent enough during the key moments.”

Curacao's coach, Henry Delfina echoed the views of his team captain stating: "We made too many errors and gave away too many easy points."

The BVIAVA hosts the Tournament from June 7-11th, 2012 at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex and will be welcoming the female teams from St Martin, Dominica and Antigua while the men´s teams are St. Kitts, Dominica and Montserrat.

Final Women's Pool C positions

1. US Virgin Islands 2. Curacao 3. Haiti 4. Martinique

Individual Awards Best Blocker: Laurianne Gwed (#7 Martinique) Best Setter: Ghislaine St Hilaire (#11 Curacao) Best Server Tania Villeronce (#5 Martinique): Best Scorer: Valissia Brathwaite (#2 USVI), Danielle Selkridge (#1 USVI), Christine Anthony (#7 Curacao) Best Digger: Christine Anthony (#7 Curacao) Best Receiver: Christine Anthony (#7 Curacao) Best Spiker: Danielle Selkridge (#1 USVI) Best Libero: Lanese Bough (#12 USVI)

Most Valuable Player: Danielle Selkridge (USVI)

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