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Volleyball - 20. April 2009.

Bermuda Women move to second round

Bermudians celebrate their ticket to the second round

Marigot, French St. Martin 2009 - Bermuda advanced to Norceca’s second phase of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship by sweeping Anguilla in straight sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-18 to finish the first round here with an unbeaten record. The losing side closed out the competition with a 2-2 mark.

The Bermudians now move up to the Norceca-C tournament in Trinidad & Tobago from May 31 to June 7, joining teams from Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Suriname, U.S. Virgin Islands and the home side.

Lianne Leonardi and Giovanna Pacheco recorded 14 and 11 points respectively in the winning effort. Emma Vacas contributed 9 tallies and Chantal Brown chipped in 7 including three aces.

“I am happy because the experience allowed us to keep our level against the team disturbed us the most,” said Leonardi, captain of Bermuda. “We have to give credit to the substitute players who did their job well. We are also happy about going to the next round but the most important thing is the example we have set for the younger players back in Bermuda.”

In all their four outings, the Bermudians showed discipline, competitive spirit, team-work and were by far the superior team.

In the second match, Dominica beat British Virgin Islands 25-10, 25-15, 25-5 and finished in a three-way tie with St. Kitts & Nevis and Anguilla, all with a 2-2 win-loss record. The losers ended with a 0-4 mark.

The team of St. Kitts & Nevis qualified in second place due to a better points-ratio (1.146) followed by Dominica (1.052) and Anguilla (0.993).

Ana Maria Xavier, the captain of the winners, was the only scorer of the match in double-digits with 11 points, while Lisa James and Elizabeth Joseph contributed 7 and 6 tallies respectively.

Final standings
1. Bermuda W4 L0 P8
2. St. Kitts & Nevis W2 L2 P6
3. Dominica W2 L2 P6
4. Anguilla W2 L2 P6
5. British Virgin Islands W0 L4 P4

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