Haiti dumps Bahamas out title race
COUVA, Trinidad, July 6, 2017 - Haiti created a big upset in
Pool E of the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association Men’s Championships (CAZOV) when they dumped former
champion Bahamas from medal contention 3-1 (28-26, 25-16,
16-25, 25-19) at the National Cycling Centre.
Both teams entered the final round-robin day with 0-2 records
after losses to both ten-time winners, Barbados and Jamaica, and
in need of a win to reach the quarterfinals with the loser to
contest the playoff for positions seventh and eight.
The energetic Haitians were quick out of the blocks, and despite
a dip in form in the third set, they held off the 2012
tournament champions to secure a spot in the quarter-finals
against the second placed team from Pool D.
For Haiti, Claude Antoine had a match-high 21 points, inclusive
of 17 kills and three blocks while Olson Lebrun added ten and
the pair of Steneley Mesidor and Leslee Alexandre seven apiece.
Team captain, Prince’Tanique and Rajahl Moxey both had 14 points
for Bahamas with Byron Ferguson, the next best scorer with 11.
Overall, it was valiant effort by the Haitians who outscored
their opponents on spikes, 49-42 but were less effective on
blocks, 9-10 and service aces, 3-4 while they also committed
more errors as well, 33-30.
Commenting on the loss,Wilson. said, “We honestly didn’t execute
our game plans at all during our matches. As a team we had very
high expectations but our efforts were just not up to par and we
now go back to work and come back again stronger.”
Haiti captain, Irvens Benjamin said his team was very happy to
get the win.
“We are going to continue to focus on each match by match as our
aim is to get to the final.
“The guys are very motivated, but we must also stay calm and
continue to play with passion.”
Covance Mortimer, coach of Bahamas did not hide his
disappointment and said his team has a lot of work to do.”
“I am extremely disappointed, and sometimes you have to take a
fall and get back up and that’s what we have to do . We will be
Yves Larrieux, coach of Haiti expressed his satisfaction for his
“I am happy because we played much better today and we still
have a chance to get to the final.
“We looked at the two matches we played and worked on our
mistakes and we now get ready for our next match.”