Suriname captures CAZOVA Under-18 title

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica, July 27, 2019 - Suriname dismissed Barbados 3-0 to win the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association girls' Under-18 title at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday.


Barbados failed to get their power game right and allowed Suriname to use technical competency to deliver set victories of 25-8, 25-21, 25-23 and claim the title for the first time in the competition's fifth staging.


Trinidad and Tobago won the competition thrice and Barbados once.


Barbados, with their main armoury of power not working, failed to make adequate adjustments throughout, which caused numerous unforced errors as they hit and served long and wide, in the process giving up easy points to their opponents.


Suriname, on the other hand, kept their plays simple and maintained their composure, relying mainly on their technical efficiency and game smarts to outwit and outplay Barbados.


According to coach Janice Valies, Suriname game plan worked, as they nullified Barbados' main power hitter Tenneille Chapman-Goodluck by serving well.


Valies said, "my girls are excited we wanted it and we played for it. We minimised the main player (Chapman-Goodluck) and subbed her out. That was the first time in the whole tournament that she was subbed out. 


"We minimised their attacks by having tough serves. If you minimise the pass they are not able to attack so, by having a strong serve we were able to break them," Valies said.


Her assistant, Sandrina Hunsel, chimed in, "we broke them into little pieces."


Earlier in the day, United States Virgin Islands won third place by defeating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 with set scores of 24-14, 25-17, 29-27.