Martinique sweeps Curacao for first win
COUVA, TRINIDAD, JULY 5, 2017: Former champion Martinique got
its campaign back on track in the 16th Senior
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s
Championship with a straight sets (25-14, 25-23, 25-23) defeat
of Curacao in Pool D at the National Cycling Centre.
Coming of losses in their opening matches to Suriname (3-1) and
host and two-time winners T&T (3-2) in their opening pool
matches on Tuesday, both Martinique and Curacao were desperate
to get among the winners.
However, it was the French-speaking island, playing on a full
day rest compared to their rivals who ended their clash with T&T
at 1.30am on Wednesday, who looked the sharper of both teams and
got the crucial win to improve to 1-1.
Curacao’s cause was not help also by an injury to key setter
Raynold Marchena with the scored locked at 17-17 in the second
set as his team struggled without his presence and in the end,
fell to a 0-2 record.
Commenting on the loss, Curacao captain and veteran player,
Gilbert Paulina said he was suffered a lot because of lack of
“We did not get enough rest time between our match and today and
it showed in how we played.”
Martinique’s David Le Faivre credited his team for being much
“Yesterday in our first match we did nothing, but today our
players had the right mentality to play and we got the win.
Maverick Alexander, Curacao’s coach was quick to point out that
his team suffered from not having enough time to recover from
the first match.
“We had a very short rest time as we got back to our hotel after
2am. So it was very difficult for the guys to get up and be
ready physically for this match.”
Martinique coach Erialc Eddy said he was very happy, more so
because his team exacted revenge for a recent loss in the
Caribbean Football Union Cup competition.
“We had an extra motivation to do well in this match against
Curacao and now we just need to stay focus, serve well , pass
well and execute .”
On Thursday in their final round-robin match, Martinique faces
T&T from 9pm while Curacao meets Suriname in the early match