Saturday, July 8, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Martinique spikes Barbados to reach final

COUVA, TRINIDAD, JULY 8, 2017:  Martinique  reached its first final since lifting the crown in 2008  when it overcame ten-time winners Barbados 3-1 (28-26, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23)  in semifinal one of the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship at the National Cycling Centre.

By advancing to the final, Martinique secured one of the two CAZOVA spots available in the 12-team NORCECA Continental Championship,  carded for Colorado, USA in September , which will serve as the third and final round of 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championship qualifiers from which the top five teams will book places in Bulgaria and Italy.

For Martinique Stephane Alpha scored a tournament-best 28 points, which comprised 23 spikes and four service aces.

The  duo of Yoann Breleur and Rodrigue Larcher added 13 points each in the one hour and 48 minutes contest.

Over the course of the contest the taller Martinique players enjoyed the edge on spikes 47-44, and service aces, 11-7 while Barbados dominated on blocks 13-6 led by seven from Ammuniki Wood.

Barbadian captain Shawn Simpson once again led his team with 17 points, punctuated by 15 kills while Wood added 14.

Kyle Brown chipped in with nine, and the trio of Akeem Mayers, Alain London  and Chioke Holder, six each, but it was not enough to earn Barbados victory. 

Despite the loss, Barbadian Simpson said he was still proud of his team’s effort.

“We started a little wobbly and managed to get back into the match in the third set, but then lost our way again.”

“This could down to us having a young team but it augurs well for our future.”

David  Le Faivre, Martinique ‘s captain said his team had one objective at the start of the tournament which is to be victorious.

“Now we have one more game to go and we happy to be playing in the final.”

Andrew Culpepper, coach of Barbados was quick to point out that his team played in patches.

“We were not consistent enough to get the win today. To beat Martinique we had to play with good consistency and we did not. Credit to Martinique as well they played well.”

Erialc Eddy, Martinique’s coach said his team has not yet completed its objective.

“We will enjoy this win, but we have to complete the job tomorrow in the final.”

Martinique will face the winner of the second semifinal between host and defending champion Trinidad and Tobago  and Haiti on Sunday from 4pm, while Barbados meets the loser in the bronze medal match on Sunday from 2pm




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