USVI women's volleyball team takes fourth in Canada

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The USVI women's volleyball team dropped the bronze medal match last week at Jamaica at the NORCECA Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament Pool S in Mississauga, Ontario.

The USVI national team dropped the Monday match 25-13, 25-10, 25-11.

Valissia Braithwaite had seven points to lead the USVI, which finished fourth in the four-team pool.

"Volleyball is a mental game as well as a physical one. Today our mental game was just not there," USVI captain Sacha Gumbs told after the match. "I'm very disappointed. I am speechless for the first time. This was not a good indication of what we can do."

Added USVI coach Lucille Hobson: "This was a team that did not play or practice together. We still wanted to come here to play. We have to improve. We knew we couldn't beat Canada, but we could have done better than we did today."

Simone Asque led Jamaica with 17 points, and Tahleia Bishop contributed 13.

"We really left it all out on the court," Jamaica captain Shedeiky Hamilton said after the match. "I just thank God for this opportunity. We have learned so much about our game and playing together."

Canada topped Mexico for the gold medal, and advanced to play in the World Championships in Italy in September.

The hosts won that match 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 on Monday.

"We were disappointed not be in the final, but we still came here today to win," Jamaica coach Ortnel Findlay said. "We have learned a lot playing teams like Canada. It has been a good experience. There was a lot of teamwork on the court today, and I'm pleased with the outcome."

The Canadian women will also compete in the 2014 FIVB Grand Prix tournament this year.

The USVI women entered the tournament ranked No. 12 by NORCECA, while Jamaica was 13.

Both U.S. Virgin Islands and Jamaica shared the 46th spot in the latest FIVB international rankings.

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