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UPDATE: VI volleyballers lose to Anguilla in Bronze Medal match up

- @ FIVB World Cup Qualifiers in St Maarten
The full VI squad reads: Shavique Barzey, Javlyn Frett, Tyalia Nibbs, Kernisha Bryan, Sabinah Clement, Kirsten Malone, Daijha Matthew, Dainyah Mason, Shoniqua Fahie, and Keliene Smith. Photo: Provided
The Virgin Islands Volleyball Team taking part in the FIVB World Cup Qualifiers in St Maarten. Photo: Provided
The Virgin Islands Volleyball Team taking part in the FIVB World Cup Qualifiers in St Maarten. Photo: Provided
VI volleyball captain, Sabinah Clement digs during the game against Bermuda. Photo: Provided
VI volleyball captain, Sabinah Clement digs during the game against Bermuda. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The territory’s Women’s Volleyball team finished fourth in Round One (Group A) of the FIVB World Cup Qualifiers in St Maarten on Sunday August 7, 2016 with a 3-1 defeat by Anguilla.

The two teams were battling for bronze medal in a closely contested match in which Anguilla emerged victorious with a score of 25-11; 28-30; 25-10; 25-12.

With no other games left, both teams left every ounce of energy on the court, with team Anguilla able to outdo their opponents to carve out a victory. The Virgin Islands were formidable adversaries as they made Anguilla nervous on several occasions. Cagey veteran Sabina Clement used her experience to help her team win set two. Dainyah Mason led the way with ten points (10).  

Anguilla’s captain, Ludiane Leveret succinctly stated the team used targeted serves. This made a huge difference as players became more confident.

Captain Sabina Clement stated there was no significant difference in the passing of the two teams, but Anguilla were able to set better and consequently more focus needs to be placed on fundamentals.

VI’s coach, Stephen Payne felt there needs to be an improvement in fitness as well as the fundamentals. However, he was happy to see an improvement in competitiveness as the tournament progressed.

In the VI’s second match of the Tournament, following a straight sets defeat to Bermuda, they lost to St Maarten 25-19; 25-17; 23–25; 25 –10. Middle blocker Keishan Huggins was the lead scorer, contributing thirteen (13) points overall. Her team mates provided the necessary support to help seal St Maarten’s win.

See previous article published August 7, 2016

Flight delays & errors cost VI in volleyball game against Bermuda

Following an airline delay, the Virgin Islands (VI) Women’s Volleyball team suffered a defeat at the hands of Bermuda with a score line of 25-8; 25-17; 25–20; in Round One, Group A of the FIVB World Cup Qualifiers in St Maarten on Saturday August 6, 2016.

Bermuda actively exploited the weaker passing ability of the new look VI side in sets one and two, causing many unforced errors. Bermuda’s march to victory was led by outside hitter Khinda Pearmon- Watson (10) who scored eleven points and produced some solid defense. 

The victor’s tactical style and the errors of their VI opponents handed them the match.

The VI did not give in though and fought valiantly to the end. As the sets progressed, they continually improved and the players showed a sense of urgency. The mother/daughter combination of Captain Sabina Clement and Dainyah Mason led the team’s offense with nine and six points respectively.

Their example helped to settle their team mates and boost morale.

Post-match analysis

Alison Settle – Smith (4) indicated Bermuda had good intensity and passed well. She was of the view the team needs to communicate more but the victory was a good start to the tournament. Coach Elisabeth Rae was pleased with the game plan execution, serving and communication. However, she would like to see a reduction in the number of errors made. 

Captain Sabina Clement felt her team showed the lingering effects of a very late flight, tiredness and this impacted their psyche. Though the team started on a loose footing and somewhat jittery, the team corrected itself and improved during the course of the game. Coach Stephen Payne echoed similar sentiments to that of the team captain. He further stated there were too many unforced errors, 33. “If those were removed the result could have been different.”

Anguilla and host St Maarten make up the rest of the group, from which the top two teams advance to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers.

The Full VI Squad: Shavique Barzey, Javlyn Frett, Tyalia Nibbs, Kernisha Bryan, Sabinah Clement, Kirsten Malone, Daijha Matthew, Dainyah Mason, Shoniqua Fahie and Keliene Smith

44 Responses to “UPDATE: VI volleyballers lose to Anguilla in Bronze Medal match up”

  • HMMM (07/08/2016, 10:50) Like (3) Dislike (17) Reply
    bunch ah waste
    • what (07/08/2016, 15:48) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      volleyball association ah yur please tell the public how u all does select coaches and players of your national teams, this is so damn unfair--steve is a coach of the junior ladies division and he barely won a match, I believe his team came in last, the wheatley guy doesn't even play in the league, don't even lives on the island, on the players now, how were they picked, that team cannot beat any of our club teams, how u all expect the sport to grow with this foolishness friend thing u all continue to do, u all really are bunch ah waste of time!
    • Another day (07/08/2016, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      you people are so unfair
    • HAHA (07/08/2016, 17:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You go join since its a bunch a was
    • its me! (08/08/2016, 07:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

      The volleyball association is a disgrace to the sport, only a few players are chosen by they friendship not they skills, that's why we continue to perform poorly when we go away. I would like them to explain to the public how they go about selecting players and coaches for national teams, we have collage players who returned back and they don't even play in our league because of un fare treatment, I mean extremely good talent too, an overhaul is needed and needed quick, I'm out!

      • You serious? (09/08/2016, 01:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Who are the college players who get unfair (not "un fare") treatment? What is the unfair treatment when they do not want to give back to the sport?
        What friendship was used to select players when the majority of senior players who were chosen were not available to travel on the date of the competition?
        Please come on here with sense and not talking things you dont know about!
  • Wonder (07/08/2016, 11:01) Like (2) Dislike (22) Reply
    can the BVI win anything anywhere? Bring back the VIP and lets make the BVI great again
  • Interesting (07/08/2016, 11:36) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lots of talented females missing on this team. Where are they?
    • fly on the wall! (07/08/2016, 16:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

      to interesting,--- this team is an embarrassing selection, no had feelings ladies, but the majority of u guys are rookies who barely knows the game, had no call they, and u all know that, but its a free trip, so I don't blame u all one bit, yes as one blogger said, FIVB needs to step inn, coaches of national teams should be selected from within the regular league this is not the case again, players should be picked on they skills and stats, not how u look, this is real talk!

      • Thanks for supporting the juniors (09/08/2016, 12:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        Thank you for telling the junior players that they are an embarrassment! They are going away to represent the country this week at an Under 23 competition. Thanks for telling them they are a waste and have no call on a team. They will be sure to come back next year to play!
    • @ Interesting (07/08/2016, 17:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      politics as usual and who like who
    • Go ask them (09/08/2016, 01:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Go ask the "missing" players how many practices they came to. Ask them if they preferred to go to Carrot Bay festival instead. Go ask them to contribute their talent to build a better team!
  • hi (07/08/2016, 11:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    That is a weak team. Dont blame it on flight delay.. Where were the good players like the Romneys and Potter
    • Agree (07/08/2016, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @hi, I agree with you. The flight delay has nothing to do with it. That should have given the team more determination to go in there and kick A$$.
    • the rock (07/08/2016, 16:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

      VIVB needs to do an investigation on the BVI Volleyball Association, they are over doing it now, to much close friend thing. U got esworth, para, barry, chichi who just set a record I heard with the vg ladies team, u are telling me none of them man qualifies as coach, look at the players there, ayo please tell the public how u all does do u all selecting, this kind of thing got too stop. VIVB please step inn!

  • Topical tortola people (07/08/2016, 17:47) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Its dumb how y'all commenting shit and and y'all never played before and before y'all be thankful people representing y'all no good ass. Since yall want to be talking come play and see how different it is from the dam sidelines before y'all be encouraging y'all bringing down y'all own people
    • the rock (07/08/2016, 22:22) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      thankful my behind, the association to dam curry favor, out of all the players from the 2016 league, that's the best they could of find, man go sit down with u all foolishness and the coaches-how were they selected, one don't live here and the other one don't know his feet from his head!
    • @topical Tortola people (08/08/2016, 09:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hush your face if we're around you will know they griviences non of the champion team players a not there
      • the rock (08/08/2016, 15:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        please tell us dudo head, tell us what the top players grievances were, the vg team would whip that national team all day all night, lol.
  • VIlander (07/08/2016, 19:53) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    And some of you wonder why ppl chose not to play for BVI. Self loathing and nasty at every opportunity. 1 loss and the venom comes out, negativity and hatred. That's why the BVI doesn't have sports but it has what it deserves.
    • Linda (08/08/2016, 08:17) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      but the president daughter did not even play in the regular 2016 league. How did she get on the team? volleyball in the bvi is such a joke.
  • BVI for life (08/08/2016, 09:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Non of the girls from the champion team VG Hawks made the national team how unfair they would of wip who ever get your ack together you unfair loosers
    • brian hodge (08/08/2016, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hawks did well yes , but did not play in top division, so hardly the best yet - plus Keleine Smith was in the squad!!
      • look jokes! (08/08/2016, 14:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        VG Eagles got the best Server in the entire league and also the best setter too, vg team have a lot of talent, I bet if that VG team was sent to that tournament, they would of won it, not forgetting the coach he don't paly either, but that's the BVI for you, its always about Tortola players, take yur licks, u all ask for it!
  • Boo (08/08/2016, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • concern (08/08/2016, 14:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    How is the national team picked - shouldn't it be the top players of the entire league? If I recall the Team from VG won the league this year, but not one is on the national team - how is that possible?
    • for real (08/08/2016, 16:34) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Concern, me and you both. I am also wondering myself how is that possible. I'm asking my husband to explain that and all he do is shrug his shoulders as if to say he don't know either.
  • Foolishness (08/08/2016, 16:29) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    How y'all so? In order to make a country's national team, you have to have citizenship for the country. Majority of people who played in the league are not nationals. There was no 'friend thing' and all that. those older ladies like the Romneys do are finished with national playing.

    The president daughter was coming out to train. Y'all like talking without knowing facts. Chichi is not a coach. Para is busy and elsworth basically give up on volleyball. Y'all like to talk. And vg played in the B Division. They would have gone st. Maarten and get licks too. They were good in the B Division. We will see how they do in the A Division.

    Furthermore y'all talking bout they had the best server and setter in the league. B Division you mean. Because the best setter in the entire league was Celine that played with Raw Power. And the dark skin girl...Henrietta was the best server and hitter. All yall need to go play volleyball then come talk.
    • look here buddy (08/08/2016, 21:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      all u got to do is live here more than 5yrs if u are not a citizen to play on our national team, so get from here with that foolish talk, chichi is not a coach and his team set a record, first team to never lost a set in 10 games, that 30 straight sets, then u tell me what coaching is, his team was the last team to join the league, but came out first, now suppose he could of coach buddy, again why don't u take that team over to vg, I dare u, while u are at it, tell us how those players got an invitation to train, they were not stand outs in the regular season, the president daughter did not even play in the league, u are a sicko, bring that team vg man, bring um, let me give coach chichi a call!
      • Real Talk (09/08/2016, 00:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Sharonda did not play in the league either and she made the team but could not fly back for the competition. Just like the resident's daughter, she is away to school. What happen? She should not be on the team either? Y'all sick buddy!!
        • look here buddy (09/08/2016, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          if the president daughter went away on a volleyball scholarship, she has all rights to make our team once she tried out and that goes for sharonda also, otherwise nope, u can fool only those who don't know better!
          • Madness (09/08/2016, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            So you only have to be away on a volleyball scholarship to be able to represent your country? If you go away to study for academics but not on a sports scholarship, you cannot play? What nonsense you talking?
            It looking like yall have a problem that the president's daughter on the team but yet still she is the only player who came back with an individual award for the best blocker in the competition. I guess friends and favors give her the stats for the award too!
    • keep off vg! (08/08/2016, 21:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      know what, I am going to tell lauren and Adana to join the vg team, then the vg team will repeat the 2016 performance easy, yes I!
    • concern (09/08/2016, 14:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thanks for clarification, but you are telling me the strongest from B division are not capable of being on our national team. I think that is foolishness.
  • facts! (09/08/2016, 00:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lauren from VG was on the squad. She had other things to do that weekend.
    Henrietta made the squad. She had other things to do that weekend.
    Tasha made the squad. She had to work that weekend.
    Kelaine from VG made the squad. She just came back from football and will be traveling with the U23 volleyball team this weekend so opted out of this competition.
    The VG setter was invited to tryout but never came to practice and then had to be away this weekend.
    Many other veteran players were invited to try out and did not come to practice.
    The team that travelled was basically the U23 team with a few additions including the president daughter who was playing in university in Europe. She and everybody on that court came out to practice all the time. The senior players do not want to practice but expect to make a national team!
    Who else was the association going to send? Get facts before ayo come here talking nonsense!
    • R. Fonseca (09/08/2016, 08:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Guys, when a National Team is going to be selected, the Association will call a meeting with all the Coaches and Managers of the teams. In that meeting each Coach with put forward the players who he thinks would be an asset to that National Team, then try outs will be called. Coaches will be selected also in the meeting! All players take parting in the league goals should be is to make the National Team that's the first thing I say to my players, all Coaches should have the same desire. I believe if this was done, then all this talk would not be happening. I have been involved in the sport for some 29 plus years, as a Player-Coach-and manager all in one. Played on many National Teams. Hope from here on this can be the norm once more!
  • Real facts (09/08/2016, 07:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    idiot, the league had so many other good players, again that vg team had atleast 3 other players who would of made a difference in that meet, let me called they names, Katy-very good blocker if given the chance, daphnie who had at least 20 points every game she played, she is left handed, those 2 ladies from the dominican republic, both live here more than 5yrs, the short one very good all around player, but u did say one thing correct, which is none of the senior outstanding players cared to travel, it makes one wonder why they had no interest. why would the senior players practice and others could just come from no where and just be added, u better real and come again with that foolish talk, the fact remains--the bvi volleyball association needs an overhaul for the sports to grow, thats very clear, and don't forget, bring that jokey national team to vg for they licking, it awaits them!
    • facts (09/08/2016, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      So are you volunteering to join the association and make a difference or happy to sit on your @$$ from the sidelines and determine who should be on a team?
      By the way, if this team had only older players, the story would be why there were no young people on the team. Just cannot please fools!!
      • Real facts (09/08/2016, 12:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        no I don't want to join yur suck association, elec a new one and I will be there, bye bye!
  • Trouble in paradise (09/08/2016, 19:49) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    I love this sport to the bone and also this country. You guys are so bad minded, these ladies went to represent this country give their time and effort, some of you haters cant even set a volleyball want to bring down these ladies although they lost, some of the older players just sit and critize the youths then want to act like they care, all of them are just human snakes.
    • Real facts (10/08/2016, 05:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      just make a change in the association, and all these negativities will go away, u of all the big snakes, would not have to call others snakes, this kind of bullying will stop, this is also my last blog, I have the 2017 league to focus on, when the spot light is on, real facts comes to light!
    • Volleyball Lover (10/08/2016, 06:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      To 'trouble in paradise', most of them players there cant set either, lol, lol, the coach said that, so if u are a national team player and cant set, then u should not be going anywhere, no one is bringing down the ladies, blame the Association for putting them inn that situation, when a national team leaves an island, it should be leaving with the best or just stay home, now, lets just put this volleyball talk behind us, and do things the proper way from here forward, the fans and players have spoken!

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