Barbados defeats USVI in CAZOVA Junior Championship
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 23, 2011 - The 8th edition of the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior Men’s
Volleyball Championships commenced today with Barbados playing
US Virgin Islands at 1:00pm at the
Alfred Sangster Auditorium.
Both teams seemed well prepared from the first whistle, with
USVI taking early leads in each set. Barbados won the game in
three straight sets (25-18, 26-24, 27-25) as both teams went
down to the wire.
The team captain of Barbados, Ramon Blades, commented that “Our
team was in good spirits before the game, and despite falling
behind in each set we were able to support each other to fight
Curacao 3, Bahamas 0
Defending champions of the CAZOVA Youth Men Championships,
Curacao, started their run of the trophy with a 25-18, 25-17,
25-19 victory against the Bahamas national team. Quinten Anthony
and Jurcham Meulens lead the Curacao team to victory with a well
coordinated offensive display steadily throughout the game.
The coach and captain of Curacao were all smiles after their
victory, stating that their focused practice over the last month
was paying off. They congratulated both the team and technical
staff for replicating what was trained prior to the match, which
they credit as their main element to success in the match.
Guadeloupe 3, Jamaica 0
With packed stands and a lively crowd, Team Jamaica began their
campaign against Guadeloupe, which placed 4th in the last
edition of this tournament in 2009.
Guadeloupe showed their experience in crucial times over the
host team, who have not participated in this tournament since
2007. The win went to Guadeloupe (25-18, 25-18, 27-25).
The two teams played with contrasting styles. Jamaica utilized
their powerful hitting and services, Guadeloupe, their defensive
movement and counter attacks. This was echoed by both coaches in
the post match conference.
Captain of the Jamaica team, M. Mc Knight, indicated that his
team did have a good performance overall but believed that the
pressure of playing as the host for the first time in their
Oliver Ishmael, Head Coach of Guadeloupe, was please at the
victory, especially since his team literally walked off the
plane and into the Opening Ceremony and a Preliminary Inquiry
before taking the court. Both teams continue their road to the
finals tomorrow at the same venue.