Barbados sweeps T&T in Junior Women opener
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 8, 2019 - Barbados
served off their quest for a maiden title in Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-20) Women
Championship with a straight-sets win over long-time rivals
and six-time winners, Trinidad and Tobago.
Competing in their three-team Pool B curtain-raiser,
Barbados, runners-up inn1997, 1999 and 2015, the last time
the competition was held overcame Trinidad and Tobago 25-21,
25-18, 25-17 La Ville Riviere-Salee Palais Des Sport.
However, the outcome of the contest could have been very
different had Trinidad and Tobago, taken their chances at
21-20 ahead in the opening set after clawing their way back
from a 0-5 start to level the match at 14-14, only for
Outside Hitter Jada Crawford to suffer a twisted left ankle
with the former winners behind 15-16.
The second set also had the spectators on the edge of their
seats with Barbados storming into an 8-0 advantage only for
Trinidad and Tobago to win the next eight points to level
the clash at 8-all.
The Barbadians then went on another run and won six of the
next eight points for a 14-10 cushion, before Trinidad and
Tobago pulled within a point at 18-17.
But just like in the opening set, Barbados showed a better
level of calmness and committed fewer errors which called
upon to do so for a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five sets
The third set was close up until 4-3 after which the
Barbadians applied full control before some solid defence
and potent spiking to clinch a critical win towards securing
automatic semifinal qualification from the pool.
Commenting on the win, Barbados coach Patrick Oxley said his
team preparations for the competition played a key role in
“We concentrated on a lot of game time situations playing as
a team and focusing on transitioning defence to offense and
vice-versa and today we showcased that.
Team captain, Teneille Chapman-Goodluck was first quick to
admit her team was very nervous at the start.
“We had a few words from their coach was able to get them
settled and work on their small targets which eventually led
to the win.
Nicholson Drakes, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago team said
his team was able to see how far they have come along in
terms of their development and transition from the Youth
Championship in Jamaica earlier in the year, and a lot of
work still has to be done.
T&T captain, Kiune Fletcher who had a very low-key match by
her standards said her team was very confused to start with.
“It was our first match at this level and while we did
manage to get some aspects of the game right, we were guilty
of making too many unforced errors which I believed was key
to their win.
“We also need to work on our service reception and attacks