TTO battles past Martinique for title repeat
COUVA, Trinidad, July 9, 2017 - Marlon Phillip led four players
in double-figure scoring as host T&T retained its title with a
come-from-behind win over Martinique when the 16th Senior
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s
Championship ended at the National Cycling Centre, Couva.
Winners of the title for the first time in 2010 in Suriname and
then again on home soil in 2014, T&T overcame a first set loss
to triumph 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 for its third title in the
last four editions of the competition.
Phillip ended with 16 points, while Stewart got 15, and the pair
of Mikheil Hoyte and Brandon Legall ten each for T&T which
outscored its opponents, the 2008 winners on spikes 41-38,
blocks 17-7 and also committed less errors 33-37, a first in the
competition. Both teams had three service aces each.
On the other side of the net, Stephane Alpha had a match-high,
26 points to lead Martinique which was inclusive of 25 spikes
while Yoann Breleur was the next best scorer with six, and
Gerald Hardy-Dessources, five in the loss.
David Le Faivre, the Martinique captain, said it was a tough
match to lose.
“We did not play our best game today and that was the reason for
Ryan Stewart, T&T captain was pleased with the win and said,
“The game was a pretty good one for us. The first set was a
mental lapse, but we stuck to the game plan of the coach and the
overall effort from the team brought us the victory.”
Martinique coach Erialc Reddy said his team did not perform at
its best in the most important match.
T&T's Sean Morrison was lost for words saying, it felt good as a
coach to lift the title three years ago and now even better now
as a coach.
"We had a game plan and even though we dropped the first set,
the guys stuck to their task and played their best match of the
tournament when it was needed to do.”