T&T gets another five-set win for semis spot
COUVA, Trinidad, July 6, 2017 - Defending champions and host
country, Trinidad and Tobago battled to another five sets win
(25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-8) over Martinique to top Pool
E in the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA)
Men’s Championship at the National Cycling Centre, Balmain,
The win, the third by a 3-2 margin for two-time tournament
winners Trinidad and Tobago ensured a perfect 3-0 record in Pool
E and the automatic semifinal spot for Saturday while Martinique
finished third (1-2) and faces Pool D runner-up Jamaica in the
first of Friday’s quarterfinals from 4pm.
Suriname (2-1), which was second in Pool E will meet Pool D
third placed team, Haiti in the other quarterfinal from 7pm
Team captain Ryan Stewart overcame a slow scoring start to
finish with 18 points for T&T, 17 of which were spikes while
Brandon Legall added 16, 13 on spikes in the one hour and 54
The pair of Mikheil Hoyte and Daneil Williams, chipped in with
eight points each, and former Finland-based Akim Bushe seven to
help secure top spot.
Stephane Alfa had the hot hand for Martinique with 17 points,
which comprised mostly of kills, 15 to be exact, and the duo of
Yoann Breleur, and Rodrigue Larcher, 14 apiece.
In general it was a very competitive match by both teams as was
evident by the closeness of their overall key facets of the
match with T&T holding a slim edge on spikes 46-45, dominating
on blocks 13-18 and both teams level with seven service aces
One factor of the game, the T&T coaching staff would not have
be pleased about though was their high level of errors, which
number 41 on the night, to Martinique’s 38, close to ten of
which came in the final set for the loser on faulty setting.
After the close battle, Martinique captain David Le Faivre said
his team lost focus at crucial parts of the match.
“Our aim was to win the match and top the group, but T&T came
ready to fight as well and in the end we did not get the result
that we wanted and now we have to continue to fight for the
chance for the title.”
Stewart said he was extremely pleased with the effort of his
players especially when the fell behind again in yet another
“The players kept working and in general we also played together
as one unit.”
Erialc Eddy Martinique’s coach was quick to note that he felt
his tea ran out of energy.
“I think in the fifth set my players were tired and that created
a lot of mistakes by us. Going forward we need to be much more
focus and stronger.”
T&T’s Sean Morrison echoed Stewart sentiments saying is very
happy with the effort of the players.
“It’s not easy to play three straight five setters and the
energy of the team was good. We now have a day off to regain our
strength and focus on the semifinals.”