Eight Teams at CAZOVA Men’s Championship in TTO
COUVA, Trinidad, July 3, 2017 - There is extra special
significance attached to next week’s CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association) Men’s Championships as it will also be a
qualifying tournament for the World Championships.
Eight countries will be doing battle from Tuesday until next
Sunday at National Cycling Centre, Couva, and the champions and
runners-up will advance to the third and final round of
qualifying from the NORCECA (North, Central America and the
Caribbean) Confederation for next year’s World Championships in
The final round will also include the top two finishers from the
Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association, Central American Zone
qualifiers Dominican Republic and Guatemala as well as Canada,
Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and United States.
The top five countries from this competition later in the year
will fly the NORCECA flag in the World Championship.
The eight countries involved in the CAZOVA Championship will
begin action in round-robin groups of four. The group winners
will advance straight into the semifinals on Saturday night,
while the second and third-placed teams will contest
quarterfinals the night before for the other two places in the
The champions will be crowned at 4 p.m. on Sunday, two hours
after the bronze-medal match.
Curacao, Martinique, Suriname and hosts Trinidad & Tobago are in
Group D, while Group E consists of Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti and
T&T and Jamaica, ranked first and second, respectively, in
CAZOVA, received byes into the competition, while the others
advanced from the first round of qualifying for the World
Championships last year.
This is a biennial tournament, but the last time it was
contested was three years ago when T&T were triumphant at home.
T&T have won twice, but the victories have come in two of the
last three editions.
Barbados have captured ten titles in succession, but it has been
11 years since they were last crowned champions.
The only other winners of the tournament are Martinique (2008),
Bahamas (‘12) and Curacao, who captured the inaugural title in
GROUPS -- D – Curacao, Martinique, Suriname, T&T. E
– Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica.
TUESDAY July 4: 2 p.m. -- Martinique vs Suriname. 4 p.m.
– Jamaica vs Haiti. 6 p.m. Opening Ceremony. 7 p.m. Bahamas vs
Barbados; T&T vs Curacao.
WEDNESDAY July 5: 2 p.m. – Curacao vs Martinique. 4 p.m.
– Bahamas vs Jamaica. 7 p.m. – Barbados vs Haiti; 9 p.m. – T&T
THURSDAY July 6: 2 p.m. – Suriname vs Curacao. 4 p.m. --
Bahamas vs Haiti. 7 p.m. – Barbados vs Jamaica. 9 p.m. T&T vs
FRIDAY July 7: 2 p.m. – 7th place playoff – 4th D
vs 4th E. 5 p.m. quarterfinals – 2E vs 3D. 7 p.m.
quarterfinals – 2D vs 3E.
SATURDAY July 8: 2 p.m. 5th place playoff –
loser Qtr 1 vs loser Qtr 2. 5 p.m. – Semifinals – E1 vs (Winner
Qtr 1 or 2). 7 p.m. Semifinals – D1 vs (Winner Qtr 1 or 2).
SUNDAY July 9: 2 p.m. – 3rd place playoff –
loser Semi 1 vs loser Semi 2: 4 p.m. Gold medal match – Winner
Semi 1 vs winner Semi 2. 6 p.m. Awards ceremony.