Venezuela beats Trinidad and Tobago to play for fifth place

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, August 1st, 2018.- Venezuela beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-17) to play for  fifth place at the men's volleyball tournament of the 2018 Barranquilla XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games at Humberto Perea Coliseum.

Venezuela’s rhythm wasn’t the same shown during the previous days but still they prevailed without setbacks in the classification match for 5 to 8 positions against Trinidad and Tobago. Venezuela waits for the winner between Guatemala and Dominican Republic.

The winners scored with 42-31 advantage in attacks and 2-0 margin in aces. Both teams scored 7 points on blocks. Venezuela scored 23 points on Trinidad and Tobago’s errors while limiting to 12 their own.

Opposite players Luis Arias and Jesus Gomez of Venezuela, scored 16 and 11 points accordingly. Opposite Nicholas Prescott finished with 11 points for Trinidad and Tobago, accompanied by middle blockers Marc Honore and Kwesi Daniel with 8 points apiece.

Luis Arias, Venezuela’s top scorer said “it was a good match, with good level, some players rested today and we knew how to get the job done. Every team here pushes strong and if you get distracted the opponent gets closer. Trinidad and Tobago was always there, close, y we kept trying to put our rhythm. We will finish the competition in the best position possible”.

Top scorer Nicholas Prescott of Trinidad and Tobago said “we were not expecting to be playing for this position; our goal was to accomplish to be in the top four. Tomorrow we will do our best to finish in the best place possible. Team wise, we didn’t use the same energy from what we started with. This is the sport that we love so it’s not hard to play for any position. Venezuela performed with more consistency in their offense system”.