Barbados escapes with five set win over Haiti
COUVA, Trinidad, July 5,
2017- Ten-time champions Barbados overcame a very slow start to
get the better of debutants Haiti 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-23,
25-18, 15-13) for a 2-0 record in Pool E of the 16th
Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) at the
National Cycling Centre.
With the win, Barbados
joined Jamaica with a 2-0 round-robin record ahead of their
top-of-the-table encounter on Thursday which will determine the
automatic qualifier for the semifinals while the loser will
contest the quarterfinals.
Speaking after the
heart-breaking defeat, Haiti captain Irvens Benjamin said his
team tried to give a very special effort.
“We were beaten in our
first match, but today we had a good chance to beat a team like
Barbados 3-0 but too many mistakes cost us.”
“Our team is a young one
so we will learn from this and hope to do much better tomorrow.”
Captain of the Barbados
team which also defeated 2012 winners Bahamas in five sets in
their opener, Shawn Simpson said he was pleased with the
fighting qualities his team is showing.
“We did not start well at
all, but the guys never dropped their heads and if we can pull
off wins by playing this ugly, then I can’t wait to see what
will happen when we hit our stride “
Despite the loss, their
second in a row, Yves Larriuex said his players played a very
“We had a great
possibility for a 3-0 win, but we dropped our concentration and
in the fifth set we were unfortunate with what I think was a bad
call at 13-13. It was a crucial mistake which cost us the game.”
Barbados coach was happy for the win and stated that once his
players can put a team performance together he will be happy.
“We have not played a
good team game as yet and have managed to get by on individual
performances so we need to put in a good better showing.”
On Thursday in their
final round-robin match, Jamaica meets Barbados from 7pm while
Bahamas battles Haiti from 4pm.