TTO wins CAZOVA U21 men’s bronze
RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 13, 2019 - Marley
Davidson led three players in double-digit scoring as T&T
outclassed Guadeloupe 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17) to
secure the bronze medal at the 2019 Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-21) Men
The bronze for Trinidad and Tobago equaled their showing in
2009 in Guadeloupe when they beat the host, and two years
later in Jamaica with a victory against Barbados, who turned
the tide in the final in 2015 on home soil to deny Trinidad
and Tobago a first-ever gold medal.
Coming off an emotional and controversial five-sets
semifinal loss less than 24 hours earlier to 2011 champions,
Curacao, Davidson scored 18 points, highlighted by 13 kills
and five service aces, while Jerome Belgrove added 12, which
comprised eight kills and four blocks, and the feisty
Georlani Austin, 11, laced with four aces.
Josiah Constant and captain Joshua Persaud added, seven and
five points respectively for Trinidad and Tobago who
outscored Guadeloupe 37-29 on spikes, and 11-5 on service
aces, and also committed fewer errors, 39 to 42 in the one
hour, and 44 minutes duel.
For Guadeloupe, Damien Leveille led all scorers with 22
points, behind 17 kills, three blocks and two aces while
Alexandre Lancelot got 11 in the loss.
Speaking after the win, T&T coach Peer Nassier, who only
arrived from the hospital with injured player Elijah Best
who had successful surgery on his left knee said his team
was lucky and happy to pull off the victory to get the
“We had an exceptional game as their Opposite (Damien
Leveille) is a very strong hitter, and we had to make some
tactical adjustments to contain him.
Concerning having Best presence in the stands to watch their
final game following his tournament ending injury on Sunday
against Martinique, Nassier said it was very motivating and
inspiring to the boys.
“They have not seen him since his injury and was awarded at
the hospital, so it was nice to have him here with the team
which I believe helped to lift their game.
Captain Persaud was quick to point out that it was hard for
his team to lift themselves after the outcome of their
semifinal encounter with Curacao.
“At a point in the match, we seemed to lost our way and when
he (Best) arrived at the venue we all felt a sense of
motivation and wanting to get the win for him.”
Despite his injury, Best said he still felt the tournament
was a good one for the team.
“It was disappointing to get injured in the first match,
but my surgery went well and I was given great care by the
“As for my team-mates I appreciated their support and it was
nice to see them get the bronze medal, calling my name out
so many times and using it as inspiration.”