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MVP Webb and 15-year-old Clarke dominate CAZOVA awards


PARAMARIBO, Suriname, October 31, 2016: Fifteen-year-old Clifton Clarke and Ryck Webb picked up three individual awards apiece during the closing ceremony of the first round of the CAZOVA zonal qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Volleyball Championship tonight at the Anthony Nesty Indoor Sports Hall.


Jamaica won all three matches in the straight round-robin Group B tournament and also dominated the awards ceremony by picking up half of the 12 individual prizes.


However Clarke and Webb were the only players from the sixth-ranked CAZOVA team to win awards.


Clarke was Best Digger, Best Receiver and Best Libero, while his captain Webb notched prizes for Best Outsider Hitter, Best Server and the most prestigious of them all, Most Valuable Player (MVP.


Suriname finished with the silver medal to claim the other qualifying place in the second round of qualifying the next World Championships in Bulgaria and Italy and four of their players took home individual prizes.


Captain Antoine Vliet was voted alongside Webb as Best Outside Hitter, while Zefanio Breinburg was the Best Opposite Hitter, Kevan Sporkslede was the Best Scorer and Clyde Fraser was one of the two Best Middle Blockers.


The other was Alexandre Watson, whose teammate on the third-placed team from Guadeloupe, Manuel Feuillard, earned the other prize – Best Setter.


The winless Turks & Caicos was the other team in the four-country tournament, which was held over two days.   


The Suriname team presented their silver medals to the family of Faisel Molijn, their assistant coach who sadly passed away in a vehicular accident a couple weeks ago.


Individual awards:

Best Opposite Hitter – Zefanio Breinburg (SUR)

Best Outside Hitter – Antoine Vliet (SUR), Ryck Webb (JAM)

Best Middle Blocker – Alexandre Watson (GDP), Clyde Fraser (SUR)

Best Server – Ryck Webb (JAM)

Best Setter – Manuel Feuillard (GDP)

Best Digger – Clifton Clarke (JAM)

Best Receiver – Clifton Clarke (JAM)

Best Libero – Clifton Clarke (JAM)

Best Scorer – Keven Sporkslede (SUR)

Most Valuable Player – Ryck Webb (JAM)