COUVA, Trinidad – Ten-time winners Barbados ended the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship on a high by beating Haiti 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 27-27) for third spot at the National Cycling Centre Sunday.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago emerged as champions when they defeated Martinique 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 and will now advance to the third round of FIVB World Championship qualification, the NORCECA Continental Championship in the USA from September 24 to October 2, in Colorado Springs Denver.
The champions and losing finalist Martinique, will join the USA, Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Guatemala, along with two teams from the Eastern Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (ECVA) in the top-12 qualification process to determine the eventual five qualifiers to next year’s FIVB World Championships in Bulgaria and Italy.
In yesterday’s third-place play-off, Ammuniki Wood led the way with 12 points and captain Shawn Simpson added ten, while the duo of Ahkeem Mayers and Kyle Browne added nine each for Barbados.
The Haitians, who were making their finals debut, got a team-best eight points from Claude Antoine while Newbornson Glezil and Leslee Alexandre got six points each.
It was a much-deserved win for Barbados and their second over Haiti after winning their group round-robin duel in five sets.
Despite their semifinal loss to Martinique to miss out on a chance at qualification to the FIVB Men’ World Championship, Barbados proved it was up for the task and dominated Haiti 38-25 on spikes, 12-7 on blocks and 3-0 on aces.
Jamaica finished fifth while Suriname were sixth. Curacao finished seventh with the Bahamas ending the tournament eighth.