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T&T overcomes errors, Curacao in five set thriller   

COUVA, Trinidad, July 4, 2017 - Two-time winners and hosts Trinidad and Tobago overcame an erratic display to get the better of Curacao in five-sets (23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-12) in their Pool D curtain raiser of the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship at the National Cycling Centre.

Reflecting on the outcome, T&T captain and former France-based player, Ryan Stewart admitted his team started too slow in each of the sets which forced them to play catch up, all the time.

“We also gifted away too many points on our errors and going forward it’s something we need to limit as much as we can, but we are happy to start with the win in general.”

Curacao’s Gilbert Paulina said his team missed a great chance to get a win and they just need to regroup and come back for their next match with much more focus.

Curacao coach Maverick Alexander said he believes his team fell apart in terms of concentration at the crucial points in them match.

“We had a 2-0 lead and then it seemed we just thought it would come easy, but we then lost our momentum and allowed T&T back in the match, and they seized the chance.”

T&T coach Sean Morrison recognized his team slow start and said going forward his players must play much more consistent volleyball.

“We fell behind but the team kept fighting and the chemistry of the players was very good, but we need to cut back on our errors.”