USVI women advance in Tokyo Beach Volleyball qualifiers
OCHO RIOS, Montego Bay, Jamaica, November 16, 2019 - United
States Virgin Islands stayed in the hunt for a historic
qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Women’s Beach
This after they swept host Jamaica 2-0 in their NORCECA
Continental Cup Women’s First Round Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Qualifiers.
With crowd support firmly against them the United States
Virgin Islands-A pairing of Melanie Valenciana and Taylor
Nutterfield withstood the early energy from the Jamaica-A
experienced duo, Kai Wright and Petal Smith to come out on
top 2-0 (21-14, 21-14) in 30 minutes, and a 1-0 team lead
for control of the best-of-three teams matches tie.
The ISV-B duo of Jade Vitt and Lisa Dietrich then expectedly
defeated teenagers Danielle Tavia Watson and Selena Mitchell
of Jamaica-B by a similar 2-0 margin (21-6, 21-12) to
complete the 2-0 series sweep.
With the win, United Sates Virgin Islands now join already
qualified CAZOVA top ranked Trinidad and Tobago, Eastern
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (ECVA) qualifiers, St
Lucia and St Kitts & Nevis, and Central American duo,
Nicaragua and Costa Rica in next year’s Second Round of
qualification from which a minimum of two teams will
continue in their quest for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Commenting after their triumph the quartet of ISV women were
all elated with their progress and were also delighted to
have done in two straight matches against a tricky
Nutterfield said, “I’m super excited that we won our matches
today. We believe the next leg is in Nicaragua around
February 2020, so it will give us plenty of time to train
and improve as a team, since we live far apart, and in
general as a group for us to improve.
“We are just proud to be advancing and I am very happy to
playing with Mel (Melanie) because she is a great partner.”
Dietricjh added, “We are really excited to have get the
matches done in two and not have to go to the “Golden Super
Set” because it would have opened the door for any outcome
in the overall tie”.
She added, “Credit to Jamaica because they did play really
well and their younger team is definitely one to look out
for in the future because they played a great match, even
though the scores may not reflect it”.
The men’s Second Round of qualifiers will also feature
Trinidad and Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, St Lucia,
St Kitts & Nevis, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
Women Continental Olympic Games Qualifiers (CAZOVA First
ISV-A d JAM-A 2-0 (21-14, 21-14)
ISV-B d JAM-B 2-0 (21-6, 21-12)