Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Inside the coaches’ mind for CAZOVA

PARIMARIBO, Suriname, August 11 – The 17th edition of the Men’s CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) Championships serves off here at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal today.        

Teams from Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, host country Suriname and two-time defending champions Trinidad and Tobago will be doing battle until Tuesday night.

There will be straight round-robin competition until the morning of the last day and the champions will be crowned after the bronze-medal match during night session.

The coaches of the participating teams spoke about their expectations for the tournament.

BAHAMAS – Lloyd Davis – “Many of the guys who were on our (young) team which won the title (in 2012) are still on the side and we expect to do very well.” Bahamas have only been at the top of the podium once.

BARBADOS – Andrew Culpepper – “We had difficulties” with getting facilities to prepare, but “the team is a mixture of youth and experience and the guys are ready. Last year we were third and we have set our sights on winning.” Barbados is the most successful team in the history of the tournament, but they last of their ten consecutive titles came 12 years ago.

HAITI – Larrieux Yves Joseph – “We prepared for this tournament for three months and expect to get to the final.” Haiti has never won this title, but last year’s semifinalists have added confidence with the inclusion of a France-based player.

SURINAME – Sergio Valdes – “We have a good blend of experience and youth” and expect to make a good run for the title. They hosted the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1991 and are three-time silver-medallists, but have never come away with the gold.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Sean Morrison – “We have to take it point by point” and not expect to win after capturing the title in the last two editions. The former national player admitted that competing in the inaugural NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Challenge Cup and the CAC (Central American and Caribbean) Games this year give his team an edge over the others. T&T are three-time champs and their titles have been achieved in the last four editions.


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