Jamaica finish CAZOVA qualifier in style
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, October 31, 2016: Jamaica finished the
first round of the CAZOVA zonal qualifying series for the 2018
FIVB Men’s World Volleyball Championship with a bang tonight at
the Anthony Nesty Indoor Sports Hall.
The sixth-ranked team in the CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association) region outclassed Turks & Caicos 25-6, 25-7, 25-11
to win the four-country Group B tournament.
The match lasted just 52 minutes and the only player to score in
double figures was Jamaican Dellan Brown (11).
Not only were they unbeaten in the straight round-robin
tournament, they Jamaicans not drop a set after losing the first
one they played – against Suriname the morning before.
Jamaica had qualified for the second round since the day before
with victories over both the hosts and Guadeloupe and coach
Gatasheu Bonner stated he was impressed that his players were
able to maintain their focus without getting complacent.
Captain Ryck Webb said that although they did not expect a tough
match, his players were determined to play their game and not be
concerned about the level of the opposition.
Turks & Caicos, an inexperienced team comprising two players in
their 40s, two just a couple years younger and several more over
the age of 30, did not win a set from their three matches and
only managed to muster 24 total points tonight, ten less than
they had scored against Suriname the night before.
However coach Donnovan Garvey reiterated that “there is no lose
when you are in the process of development” and skipper Isaiah
Gardiner pointed out it was the first major volleyball
tournament for his country.