Friday, July 28, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017

Outstanding Hunsel shining bright for Suriname

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday July 28, 2017:

Her team may not be the best. But Suriname’s Sandrina Eleonoor Hunsel is making strong claims for individual awards as she plays with distinction here at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Round Two World Championship Qualifiers.

Like good wine, the outstanding player gets better with each game, scoring significantly huge numbers - 28 points (27 kills) against Curacao, 28 (25 kills) against the US Virgin Islands and 36 (31 kills) in their Group E match on Friday night against Jamaica.

Suriname lost the game 1-3, going down 21-25, 25-23, 24-26, 20-25 in the tournament, which is also the 2017 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Women’s Championship.

Despite the huge responsibility she carries on her shoulder for Suriname, Hunsel places no additional pressure on individual performance.

“I don’t take too much pressure from it, I just try to do my job because we all have our jobs; the one with the best pass, another one has the best serve, another has the best hit, so I just take it simple, it’s my job, I just do what I have to do for my team,” expressed Hunsel.

“I just try to have a lot of fun, sometimes I do a little crazy, I scream harder, I just do nonsense that we can relax during the game or sometimes I go hard so that we can wake-up. We do it together on the court, when I’m down they come motivate me, when they’re down we motivate each other, it’s all about the team spirit,” the 26-year-old added.

Much of that spirit is fostered through the hopes of Hunsel’s plays, which her teammates try to feed by setting at every given opportunity. 

Her coach, Eric Aikman, stated her value to the Suriname team.

“She is my most outstanding player. She’s very strong physically and mentally and she does a very good job on the court, so I hope tomorrow she will be in the same form as today.”

The Today of which Aikman refers is Jamaia’s loss.

“Tonight’s match was a good fight, not only from Suriname, but also from Jamaica,” Hunsel observed.

“It was about who could push to the end because one set was very close also and they were the ones who pushed to the end. It was about going hard, but not going home because we’re still in the quarter-finals, giving your whole heart on the court and that’s what we did,” the tall, slimly-built player shared.

“We have a few things we need to focus on like our pass, defence and for me personally I want have a strong serve also because that’s where the game begins.”

Later, they will play Martinique, seeking to earn a spot in the finals. This match is the tomorrow of which Aikman spoke.

“Against Martinique we’ve to step up our game some more because it’s our fourth game and for the fourth game you’re tired as well, so you’ve got to keep the extra focus, you’ve got to step up your game because if you don’t win you don’t go to the semi-finals, so in this situation, it’s a go hard or go home situation,” noted Hunsel, who will certainly be going hard and at the high standards that have characterised her play this tournament.



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