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

Suriname rolls into CAZOVA final

PARIMARIBO, Suriname, August 13 –  On the verge of having to play another set, Suriname reeled off the last four points to defeat Barbados 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 and advance final of the Men’s CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) Championships here tonight at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal.

Two-time defending champions Trinidad and Tobago will oppose Bahamas in the last match of the round-robin stagetomorrow morning, and the winner will have to come back in the night session to face the hosts for the gold medal in the 17th edition of the tournament.

However, the final session will begin with ten-time champions Barbados attempting the secure the bronze for the second straight year against the loser of the morning match.

After winning the first two sets of the second game of tonight’s double header, Suriname threatened to turn the third into a procession when they won the first four points.

But then they lost six straight thanks to a combination of their errors and brilliance from the visitors and it turned into the one of the most topsy-turvy sets of the tournament.

Suriname then won four of the next five points, but then lost five straight to trail 12-8 as the Barbadians, who had had clawed their way back from two sets down to beat Haiti in the morning session, threatened to extend the match again.

However the hosts were back on level terms by the time their opponents had reached 15,  and the teams then battled neck-and-neck until they faltered again and found themselves two points from a fourth set at 21-23.

The brilliant side of the often-erratic Suriname outfit then came to surface in the nick of time as they did not lose another point and saved vital energy for the final.

Gino Naarden and Zefano Breinburg led the way for the hosts with 13 points, two more than their most prolific scorer Keven Sporklede.

But the leading scorer in the 90-minute affair was Barbadian Kyle Browne – who had scored a tournament-high 33 the night before against T&T – with 14.

Barbados were inconvenienced by the loss of their setter to injury in their epic five-set upset of T&T the night before, and Suriname coach Sergio Valdes acknowledged that their task would have been tougher had Alain London been able to play.

His team’s only defeat was inflicted by T&T this morning and the Cuban stated that “I like my chances” if they would get the opportunity for revenge tomorrow night.

Captain Casey Foe A Man, who is nursing a knee injury, stated: “I want to lead my team to our first title, but we have to enjoy the game and not think about the victory before the final point like tonight.”

Barbados captain Shawn Simpson said that he was “very proud of my players”, especially since it was a challenge getting venues to train over the last three weeks because of preparation for Carnival on the island.

And coach Andrew Culpepper also congratulated Suriname and admitted that his team really missed the injured London.

 

 

 

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