Curacao secures U21 semifinal spot
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 11, 2019: Curacao
secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2019 Caribbean
Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-21) Men
Championship with a disciplined 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-18)
victory over US Virgin Islands at the La Ville Riviere-Salee
Palais Des Sport.
Champions in 2011 in Jamaica, Curacao now faces 2015
runners-up Trinidad and Tobago in the semifinals on Thursday
from 2 pm, while three-time defending champions and
five-time winners overall, Barbados come up against the
winner of Wednesday’s night second quarterfinal between host
Martinique, champions in 1999 in Jamaica, and Guadeloupe,
twice time second-placed finishers in 2007 and 2011 from 8
For Curacao who benefitted from 26 errors by their
opponents, captain Joshua Van Henneigen was the main scorer
with 17 points while Nigel Albertus and Jaden Nanaldijk
added eight, and Ouijair Wever, seven.
US Virgin Islands, on the other hand, Ajani Henley had a
team-high 11 points while Owen Goldberg and M’Jaeli Lopez
got eight and seven points respectively.
In general, it was a vastly improved display from Curacao
who outscored US Virgin Islands, 41-20 on spikes, but were
overshadowed on blocks, 11-4 and service aces, 5-4 in the
Speaking after his team’s win Curacao captain Van Henneigen
said his team was delighted to be moving on to the final
“It’s our first 3-0 win and we feel very proud of ourselves
and it’s a good feeling to get to the semifinals and we know
we have a tough match to come.
Coach Henrich Daal said his team made full use of the day
off to prepare well.
“After the Barbados loss, we had a day to prepare and we
were able to work on some things and have good discussions
and now we are moving on to the semis.
Isaac Raphael was quick to point out that it was a tough
match for his team.
“We didn’t settle, and it has been a struggle for us all
week with a lot of in-experienced players, but we are
getting better even though we know we have a lot of work to
Jahmai Jones, the USVI captain said his team needs to work
harder and have better communication if they are to be
contenders going forward.