Curacao outlasts TT in men five-set semifinals
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 12, 2019 - Curacao
rallied for a 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-20, 15-11) win
over T&T final of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association
(CAZOVA) Junior (Under-21) Men Championship at the La Ville
Riviere-Salee Palais Des Sport.
It was an entertaining match-up throughout which promised to
boil over with tension at times, highlighted by the stoppage
of play in the deciding set for close to ten minutes.
For Curacao, who dominated T&T 56-39 on spikes, Nigel
Albertus had a herculean display, overcoming an injured left
knee to tally 25 points, 22 of which were kills in his
The pair of captain, Joshua Van Henneigen and Jaden
Nanaldijk added 17 and 15 valuable points respectively for
2011 champions Curacao who also benefitted from 40 errors by
Marley Davidson who twisted his right ankle at the end of
the first set, but continued had the hot hands for T&T with
22 points, laced with 13 kills and seven service aces while
Josiah Constant and Georlani Austin added 11 each, captain,
Joshua Persaud nine, and Jerome Belgrove eight.
T&T was also very strong at the net defensively, for the
most part, outscoring Curacao on blocks 17-7, but in the
end, they came up short and will now play the loser of the
second semifinal between reigning three-time defending
champions and five-time winners overall, Barbados, and
Guadeloupe, who was twice time second-placed finishers in
2007 and 2011.
Speaking after the match, T&T coach Peer Nassier said he was
not happy with some of the unjust calls made during the
match, especially the one that proved costly to his team.
He added, “Outside of that it was a very gritty and
hard-fought game and hats off to Curacao, they did very well
to come off with their win against us. We have to regroup
and come back and aim for the third spot tomorrow.
Persaud added, “It was a very back and forth match and we
ended on the losing end in a very controversial game. We
will leave it up to the staff to decide on the next course
of action, but we have to prepare for another match tomorrow
as best as we could.”
Van Henneigen was quick to admit that it was a very tough
match and he was just happy to come out on top and get to
A gleeful Henrich Daal coach of Curacao added, “Credit must
go to Nigel (Albertus), he got injured and came back and
lifted the team on his back and we are happy to move a step
closer to our target of winning the gold medal.”