Monday, August 13, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018

Barbados roar back for second CAZOVA win

PARIMARIBO, Suriname, August 13 – Barbados roared back from two sets down to defeat Haiti (17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-7) in the opening match of this morning’s double header in the Men’s CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) Championships here at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal.

The 138-minute triumph came less than 18 hours after the most successful country in the history of the tournament had stunned two-time defending champion Trinidad and Tobago in a five-set thriller to keeps them in contention to capture the title for the 11thtime.

After winning two consecutive five-setters, the Bajans have very little time to rest before they play against Suriname in the second match of tonight’s double header for a place in tomorrow night’s final.

Both coach Andrew Culpepper and captain Shawn Simpson felt the exertions from the gruelling encounter against T&T last night contributed significantly to Barbados’ slow start this morning.

Former national player Culpepper felt “it was very tough for us to come back first thing this morning after coming off the court late last night, and it took very long for us to get going.”

Simpson feels that his players perform best “when their backs are to the wall”, and they have proved that in no uncertain terms after losing their opening match in straight sets against Bahamas on Saturday.

The left-handed handed veteran led from the front with 15 points today, and Akeil Oxley (13) also scored in double figures for the winners, along with Amuniki Wood and Kyle Browne, who chipped in with ten points each.

Browne had scored a tournament-high 33 points the night before in the upset of T&T.

The prolific Jean Philippe Bayou notched 15 points, but for once he was not Haiti’s leading scorer as Wismann Point Du Jour scored four more.

It was the third defeat from as many matches for Haiti and they are the only one of the five teams with no chance of being crowned champions tomorrow night.

Their coach said “I cannot do it for the players” and captain pointed out that “we were tried and made crucial errors at the worst times.”

Haiti’s best chance to close out the match was when they battled back from 16-10 down to level proceedings at 17 in the fourth. But just as in the previous set when they won three straight points from 17-14 down, they faded when it mattered most.

They have a last chance to get off the mark when they oppose 2012 champs Bahamas in the first game of tonight’s double header at 6 p.m.



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