Bermuda’s Women’s National Volleyball Team got off to a flying start in Round 1 of qualifying for the 2018 World Championships in St. Maarten.
Bermuda defeated the British Virgin Islands (IVB) 3 – 0 winning matches 25-8, 25-17, 25 – 20. Bermuda actively exploited the weaker passers in sets one and two causing many passing faults. Bermuda’s march to victory was led by outside hitter Khinda Pearmon-Watson who scored eleven points and produced some solid defense. The victor’s tactical style and the errors of their opponents gave them the match.
Alison Settle–Smith 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.
Bermuda lost their second Match of the day to hosts St. Maarten 3 – 1 in a very tight match. St Maarten won 22-25, 25-15, 22-25 and 23-25.
Game Three saw Bermuda defeat Anguilla 3 - 1, after dropping the opening set. Bermuda won 23-25, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-16.
With this win, Bermuda will be guaranteed to move on to Round 2 of the World Championships in 2018.