Barbados silences Martinique for women's finals spot
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 12, 2019 - Team captain
Tenielle Chapman-Goodluck came to her team’s rescue once
again in leading Barbados past host Martinique 3-0 (25-17,
25-20, 25-21 to reach a second straight final in the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior
(Under-20) Women Championship.
The Barbadians, beaten finalist in 1997, 1999 and 2015, the
last time the competition was held, will now come up against
six-time winners Trinidad and Tobago, in the final on Friday
from 6 pm.
Martinique plays for bronze versus US Virgin Islands, two
Barbados will be fancied for the final after they beat
Trinidad and Tobago 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 at the same La Ville
Riviere-Salee Palais Des Sport on Sunday in the opening
women's match of the six-team competition.
Martinique, who was seeking a repeat of their 2013 on home
soil will have a chance at redemption when they face US
Virgin Islands in the third-placed playoff.
Chapman-Goodluck top-scored for the Barbadians with 21
points and Narissa Dyer added 15 as they outscored
Martinique 26-17 on kills, 9-7 on kills and 15-4 on service
aces while committing 30 errors to Martinique’s 25.
Nancy Louis-Marie led Martinique with eight points, Moreane
Boudou added seven, Oriane Fage got six, and Sarai Bandinos,
five in the loss.
Reflecting on their win, Barbados coach Patrick Oxley and
captain Chapman-Goodluck were both satisfied of the getting
the win, despite not at their best.
Chapman-Goodluck said, “We started very slow due to the
delay in the starting off the match which affected how we
got into the flow of the match.
Looking ahead to the final, Chapman-Goodluck said her team
is not going to believe that they will beat Trinidad and
Tobago despite beating them already in the competition.
“So, we have to continue to play hard and with the same high
level of energy.”
Coach Oxley added, “Our mindset was that it would be a tough
match and everything that we put into practice.
“I told the girls, once we play just as we do in practice
and stick to the little small things we will get through.”
“We knew to play against the host would have been a pressure
situation and I explain to them that Martinique would be
under more pressure playing in front of their home crowd.
With regards to the final Oxley said he will be taking it
personally as in 2013 when he was the head coach of the
Youth Championship team we beat Trinidad and Tobago in the
preliminary round, and then in the final, they created a
massive atmosphere and played well and beat us.”