Trinidad & Tobago top CAZOVA countries at zonal Continental Cup



CHAGUANAS, Trinidad, May 10, 2015 – Trinidad & Tobago duo of Daneil Williams and Fabien Whitfield won a “Golden Set” decider against Jamaica top pair of veteran Mark Lewis and Ryck McKenzie 15-12 for a 2-1 victory and first place at the Caribbean Zonal Beach Volleyball Tournament, a first-round competition of the NORCECA Continental Cup on Sunday.


Williams and Whitfield (TTO-A) lived up to their pre-tournament hype as the top pair when they swept aside a visibly injured Donovan Richards and Christopher Walters 2-0 (21-10, 21-15) for a 1-0 lead. But Lewis/Mc Kenzie (Jamaica-A) kept alive their hopes of gold when they silenced Abraham Eccles and Tevin Joseph (TTO-B), 21-15, 21-13 to level the tie at 1-1.


Once again, it was left up to Williams and Whitfield, regular participants on the NORCECA Tour, to come up big for the host and they did not disappoint, by earning a “Golden Set” victory.


“The Jamaicans are a very good team so we had to be on top our game,” Whitfield said. “We had a great game to win all of our points in complex one, which we did mostly and also we had a very good defensive game”.



Despite the loss Lewis was quick to point out that Jamaica was competing for the first time in the year and used the first round of qualifiers to gauge where they are in terms of level and play.


“We accomplished our goal of qualifying and getting to the final was a plus, but in the end we came up against a very good Trinidad and Tobago team,” Lewis said.


In the bronze medal contest, yet another match went to a “Golden Set” decider with Curacao’s Derwin Colina and Norandy Bonafasia battling past US Virgin Islands’ Bradley Reading-Connors and Gustavo Cintron 16-14.


Colina and Jeandro Tokaay (Curacao-A) had the easiest of wins in the tournament against Carlos Rosa Jr/Edward Peter Jr (ISV-B), 21-0, 21-0 after the latter defaulted due to a Peter Jr suffering from dehydration. But Reading-Connors and Cintron (ISV-A) made certain of a “Golden Set” by drawing level courtesy a 21-18, 21-16 defeat of Curacao-B’s Bonafasia and Kyran Ersilia.


But in the decider, Curacao showed the better of nerves and determination to take the medals. 


In the “Golden Set” playoff for fifth spot, Barbadians Elwyn Oxley and Daran Gill got the better of Suriname’s Roberto Joval and Eurwin Daansi 15-12.


However, both Barbados and Suriname were already certain of qualifying for the next stage of NORCECA qualification towards the Olympics.


The top six CAZOVA teams now clash with the top six Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) teams at a date to be determined and from which teams will advance to a third round against the top Central American nations.


Sunday results:




Trinidad and Tobago 2, U.S. Virgin Islands 0

Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield TTO-A d Carlos Rosa Jr/Edward Peter Jr ISV-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-8); Tevin Joseph/Abraham Eccles TTO-B d Bradley Reading-Connors/Gustavo Cintron ISV-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-18)


Jamaica 2, Curacao 0

Donovan Richards/Christopher Walters JAM-B d Derwin Colina/Jeandro Tokaay CUR-A 2-0 (21-12, 21-16); Mark Lewis/Ryck Mc Kenzie JAM-A d Norandy Bonafasia/Kyran Ersilia CUR-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)


Fifth place:

GOLDEN SET: Elwyn Oxley/Daran Gill BAR d Roberto Joval/Eurwin Daansi SUR (15-12)



Curacao 2, US Virgin Islands 1

Derwin Colina/Jeandro Tokaay CUR-A d Carlos Rosa Jr/Edward Peter Jr ISV-B 2-0 (21-0, 21-0); Bradley Reading-Connors/Gustavo Cintron ISV-A d Norandy Bonafasia/Kyran Ersilia CUR-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-16); GOLDEN SET: Derwin Colina/Norandy Bonafasia CUR d Bradley Reading-Connors/Gustavo Cintron ISV (16-14)



Trinidad & Tobago 2, Jamaica 1

Daneil Williams/Fabian Whitfield TTO-A d Donovan Richards/Christopher Walters JAM-B 2-0 (21-10, 21-15); Mark Lewis/Ryck Mc Kenzie JAM-A d Tevin Joseph/Abraham Eccles TTO-B 2-0 (21-15, 21-13); GOLDEN SET: Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield TTO vs Mark Lewis/Ryck Mc Kenzie (15-12)


Final rankings:


1.Trinidad & Tobago; 2. Jamaica; 3.Curacao; 4.U.S. Virgin Islands; 5. Barbados; 6. Suriname; 7. Guadeloupe; 8. Cayman Islands; 9. Aruba; 10. Haiti; 11. Bahamas; 12. Bonaire; 13. Martinique; 14. Turks & Caicos.