Friday, July 7, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017

Martinique sweeps Jamaica for semis spot

COUVA, TRINIDAD, JULY 7, 2017:Martinique kept on course for a spot in the final of the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship  with a straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-17) victory  over Jamaica in their quarterfinal at the National Cycling Centre.

With both teams coming off of defeats in their final round-robin matches on Thursday night, it was a question of who would rebound the quickest with a semifinal spot at stake, and it was the French-speaking islanders who rose to the occasion while Jamaica will now contest the fifth place match against the loser of the other quarterfinal between Haiti and Suriname.

For Martinique which is in search of its first title since 2008 Rodrigue Larcher had a team-high 13 points and Stephane Alpha added ten(10)  .

The trio of Gerald Hardy-Dessources with seven,and  Yoann Breleury and Joel Soltin with six points each  also  contributed to the victory which came in 70 minutes

Jahmion Hartley was the lone Jamiacan to reach double-digit scoring with 15 points while Martin Blake was the next best scorer with seven.

In general it was a greater team effort from Martinique that saw it through and was evident via their domination on spikes, 35-24, blocks 9-8 and aces 5-0.

To their credit Jamaica kept in the match by committing fewer errors, 23 to Martinique’s 26, but the other aspects of their game was just not up to par.

Speaking after the match Jamaica captain, Andre Mc Lean, said his team was unable to get any sort of attack going while the defence was not at its best.

“We needed to be very consistent and unfortunately it was not our best day.”

David Le Faivre said his team needed to wipe away the memories of the loss to T&T as quickly as possible which they did.

“We were very motivated to get the win because our aim is to get to the final.

Jamaica coach, Gatasheu Bonner admitted it was a tough loss for his team to accept.

“We came here with a gold to win the tournament so it is sad that we did not get to that point.

“Our strength in the competition has been blocking and today it was not at its best.”

Martinique’s Erialc Eddy said his team seemed to be the sharper of both teams which was key to his team’s win.


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