CAZOVA World Championship qualifiers resume in Martinique
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, October 20, 2016 - The journey to
the FIVB Men's World Championship 2018 will resume on Saturday
October 22, when Martinique plays host to Group A of the First
Round of qualifiers which also serves as a qualification
tournament to the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Championship 2017
to be hosted by two-time reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago
Already through to the CAZOVA eight-team finals in Port-of-Spain
are seventh ranked regional team Haiti, which topped a four-team
round-robin series on home soil in early July ahead of fellow
qualifiers, fifth ranked Curacao, while US Virgin Islands and
Cayman Islands were third and fourth respectively and did not
Now almost three months later, ninth ranked Martinique will be
hoping to duplicate the feat of the Haitians and win its
three-team round-robin qualifying series ahead of third ranked
former Caribbean champions Bahamas and eighth seeded Aruba.
Bonaire was expected to be the fourth team, but pulled out of
the competition due to financial reasons brought on by Hurricane
Matthew last month.
Despite only three teams being involved at the Palais Des
Sports, Des Riviere Salee the same qualification format will
still apply with each team facing each other once at the end of
which the top two teams will advance to the next round of the
World Championship qualifiers as well as the CAZOVA
Championships in T&T next year.
For the much more experienced Bahamas squad it will mark the
start of what is hope a campaign that ends with a spot at the
World Championship after they managed to reach the penultimate
round of qualification to Poland 2014.
This after Bahamas finished third in the penultimate round of
NORECA qualifiers, behind Mexico and Puerto Rico in their
Martinique meanwhile was ousted at the first hurdle after a
third placed finish behind Guatemala and Suriname while Aruba
reached the Second Round of qualification.