CAZOVA first round for ‘Worlds’ ends this weekend
ARUBA, November 22, 2016 - The first round of the CAZOVA zonal qualifying series for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Volleyball Championship will conclude here with Group B action over the weekend.
Teams from Haiti, Martinique, Suriname and host country Aruba will compete in a straight round-robin two-day event and the top two finishers on Sunday night will complete the list of qualifiers for the second round in Jamaica in late July.
Action in Group C took place just two weeks ago in Cayman Islands where Guadeloupe and Bahamas qualified to join the countries which had advanced from Group A since August in St Croix – Curacao and United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
At No. 4 in CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association), Suriname is the highest ranked team in this weekend’s tournament. Haiti is next at No. 7, followed by Aruba (tenth) and Martinique (13th), respectively.
Rankings proved to be very important in Cayman Islands when the top two rated countries Guadeloupe (6th) and Bahamas (7th) completely dominated Bonaire (11th) and Cayman Islands (13th)
But Barbados, highest-ranked team in the entire first round at No. 3, had failed to advance in August when USVI (8th) and Curacao (9th) got though from Group A.
Trinidad and Tobago and hosts Jamaica, ranked first and second, respectively, in CAZOVA, received byes into the second round.
The top two finishers from this eight-country competition as well as the top two from the second round of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association and Central American Zone will advance to the third and final round.
This competition will also include Costa Rica and regional powerhouses Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico and the top six will qualify for the next World Championships.
The NORCECA region will actually be represented by seven countries in ’18 in Japan as United States are the defending world champions.