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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 harder.”

 

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 young careers.

 

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.