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VOLLEYBALL | Jamaica looking to cash in on home advantage

Jamaica captain Simone Asque. Jamaica captain Simone Asque.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul 25, CMC – Jamaica are confident they can capitalise on home advantage and win the senior Women’s Caribbean Volleyball Championship which gets going here Wednesday.

The tournament, which runs from July 25-31, will see Jamaica and seven other teams clash in two groups, with the group winners advancing to the final.

Jamaica’s captain Simone Asque said the squad was well prepared and was focussed on meeting the fans’ expectations.

“We have been training really hard and we have a very deep roster, so we definitely want to make the country proud as hosts,” she told Observer newspaper here.

“We are definitely going after the gold medal, and if we play to our full potential we should win.”

Jamaica do battle against Suriname, Curacao and the US Virgin Islands in one group while the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, along with French sides Martinique and Guadeloupe do battle in the other group.

Head coach Oniel Ebanks said despite the high confidence in the camp, Jamaica would not be taking any of the teams for granted.

“We have a strong and rounded team, and we can go all the way based on the reults of our practice matches and our team composition,” he pointed out.

“We are not underestimating any of the other teams but we are hosting, and we intend to defend our home.”

All matches will be played at the National Indoor Centre in the capital Kingston.

The tournament will also double as a 2018 World Championships qualifier.

  • Countries: Jamaica