TTO beats USVI to reach semifinals
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 9, 2019 - Trinidad and
Tobago earned the second automatic semifinal spot at stake
in 2019 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA)
Junior (Under-21) Men Championship with a straight sets win
over US Virgin Islands.
Led by captain Joshua Persad, Trinidad and Tobago, searching
for their first title at this age-group won 25-23, 25-21,
25-22 in an evenly fought match-up at La Ville Riviere-Salee
Palais Des Sport, yesterday.
With the win, T&T who defeated host Martinique in four sets
on Sunday night ended Pool D round-robin play with a perfect
2-0 record and joins three-time reigning champions Barbados
(2-0) who downed Guadeloupe 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 earlier in
the day for their second win from as many matches also, in
On Tuesday, in Pool C, Curacao and Guadeloupe, both 0-1 play
to determine second and third in their pool ahead of the
quarterfinals on Wednesday while in Pool D, Martinique faces
USVI with teams 0-2as well ahead of the quarterfinals on
Reflecting on the encounter, USVI captain Jahmai Jones said
his team was right there in all three sets b never managed
to take their chances and must do better going forward.
Coach Isaac Raphael added, “It was down to simple mistakes
that cost us the game and we will all take it as part of the
learning experience and come back out tomorrow and do
Trinidad and Tobago captain, Joshua Persaud noted that it
was a real battle for his team.
“It was a real challenging game against the USVI who had a
lot of vocal support as well. We are hoping to go as far as
we can in the tournament.
“We have qualified to the semifinals and just have to await
our next opponent and plan for that match.”
Assistant coach, Curtis Burkette said, “It feels really good
to be this USVI team. The guys put in the effort in training
and this is the end result of it. We have qualified to the
semifinals and hopefully we can bring home a medal."