CAZOVA first round for ‘Worlds’ ends this weekend
ARUBA, November 22, 2016 - The first round of the CAZOVA zonal
qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Volleyball
Championship will conclude here with Group B action over the
Teams from Haiti, Martinique, Suriname and host country Aruba
will compete in a straight round-robin two-day event and the top
two finishers on Sunday night will complete the list of
qualifiers for the second round in Jamaica in late July.
Action in Group C took place just two weeks ago in Cayman
Islands where Guadeloupe and Bahamas qualified to join the
countries which had advanced from Group A since August in St
Croix – Curacao and United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
At No. 4 in CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association),
Suriname is the highest ranked team in this weekend’s
tournament. Haiti is next at No. 7, followed by Aruba (tenth)
and Martinique (13th), respectively.
Rankings proved to be very important in Cayman Islands when the
top two rated countries Guadeloupe (6th) and Bahamas
(7th) completely dominated Bonaire (11th) and
Cayman Islands (13th)
But Barbados, highest-ranked team in the entire first round at
No. 3, had failed to advance in August when USVI (8th) and
Curacao (9th) got though from Group A.
Trinidad and Tobago and hosts Jamaica, ranked first and second,
respectively, in CAZOVA, received byes into the second round.
The top two finishers from this eight-country competition as
well as the top two from the second round of the Eastern
Caribbean Volleyball Association and Central American Zone will
advance to the third and final round.
This competition will also include Costa Rica and regional
powerhouses Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto
Rico and the top six will qualify for the next World
The NORCECA region will actually be represented by seven
countries in ’18 in Japan as United States are the defending