Volleyball captain rues 'embarrassing' loss
"Embarrassing". That is how Jamaica's senior women team captain Simone Asque has described the loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the 2017 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) championship.
They advanced to round-three competition in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Championship qualifiers in October despite finishing runners-up after being beaten 3-0 by Trinidad and Tobago.
"That was embarrassing. It was not the best," a visibly disappointed Asque told STAR Sports.
"We did not perform. We were not playing together; we were not performing. We were not prepared mentally and physically for performing this task (winning the championships). I'm extremely disappointed with how we performed. The only positive is that we've qualified for the next round of the World Championships," she emphasised.
The volleyball captain said that they would move on and focus on the next round.
"It is better to know what we have done wrong and address it than go through and not really see how we have our problem. I would rather take this loss, even though it stings," Asque reasoned.
The crucial FIVB Round Three elimination will be hosted by three countries, with each a four-team tournament. The first will be staged in Canada, from September 26-30. Trinidad and Tobago will host the second, October 4-9; while the third will be held in the Dominican Republic, October 11-16. Six teams will advance to the 2018 World Championships.
Asque said that the team would be working towards improving for the next task.
"Going forward, we need to look at our training, whether it is getting additional support for the programme, finding different ways to address some of the skills. We have some work to do. It is not something that we have to be stressed about, how we performed in the final," she concluded.