Asque, Bishop Join Jamaican National Team In CAZOVA Championship
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Assistant volleyball coach Simone Asque and former Coastal Carolina student-athlete and recent graduate Tahleia Bishop are set to join the Jamaican National Volleyball Team in the upcoming Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Championship (CAZOVA), set for July 23-31 in Kingston, Jamaica.
CAZOVA serves as the first round of qualifying for the 2018 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Women’s World Championship. A first- or second-place finish at CAZOVA secures a place in the 2017 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Continental Championship, which is the second qualifying stage prior to reaching the FIVB World Championship.
Both Asque and Bishop have previously played for Jamaica. The pair helped their country to a bronze medal victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2014 World Championship qualifying, and a gold medal at the 2016 Venus International Invitational. Asque also serves as the team’s captain.
Bishop graduated from Coastal Carolina this past May after playing the 2016 season on the indoor volleyball team, and the 2016-17 seasons on the beach volleyball team. On the hardwood, Bishop helped Coastal capture its third straight conference title as the Chants won the 2016 Sun Belt Championship. She was voted the Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year for her efforts, and played a large role in helping Coastal win its first NCAA Tournament match. On the sand, Bishop made up one half of Coastal’s top pairing that led the team with a 10-6 record.
Asque joined the Chanticleer coaching staff this past March after spending the 2016 season as an assistant at NJIT. Asque is a 2012 graduate of Virginia, where she was a three-time All-ACC selection. After college, Asque played professionally in Slovakia, Cyprus and Denmark in addition to her experience with the Jamaican National Team.