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Volleyball men win away from final

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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T&T senior men’s volleyballers celebrate a point won in their match against Haiti at the 17th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sports Hall, Paramaribo, Suriname on Sunday. T&T won 25-22, 25-23, 25-17. Photo: CAZOVA. Photo by:Keith Clement

T&T’s men volleyball team will go into their final round-robin match against the Bahamas from 9 am this morning at the in Paramaribo, Suriname needing a win to be certain of contesting the Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship gold medal match tonight from 6 pm at the same venue.

This after the Ryan Stewart-led T&T men, two-time defending champion, rebounded from a five-set loss to ten-time winner Barbados on Sunday night, with a four-set (3-1) win of their own over host and previously unbeaten Suriname to get back in title contention.

Also yesterday, Barbados made it two wins on the trot after an opening loss to the Bahamas, by edging past Haiti in five sets (3-2).

Going into last night matches, T&T, a three-time tournament winner overall, has contested the last four finals.

However, T&T led by virtue of more sets won to loss, 8-4 for 11 points followed by Suriname 7-6, with eight points, and Barbados, 6-7 for six points.

But the Barbadians are in the fourth spot, one point behind the Bahamas (1-1) which faced Haiti last night before Suriname and Barbados squared off in a virtual battle for a spot in tonight’s final as a top two finisher.

On Sunday night, Barbados prevailed over T&T in five-setter (23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13) after two hours, 17 minutes of fierce battle.

Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, who has played for his country for well over a decade, led the way for T&T with 18 points, and Mikheil Hoyte and Brandon Legall chipped in with 12 apiece to follow up on the team's 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17) win over Haiti on Sunday morning.

But the game’s real star was Barbadian Kyle Browne, who scored a tournament-high 33 points, 19 more than their next best contributor Simpson.

The top two teams from the tournament at the end of the round-robin stage today, will clash for the title during the today's evening session.

Also on Sunday night, Suriname, after winning one of the most dramatic sets in the history of the tournament to draw first blood, was still forced to come from behind to edge Bahamas 3-2 (42-40, 23-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11) in just under two and a half hours of play.

Three players from the host country – Gino Nardeen (28), Keven Sporkslede (26) and Zefano Breinburg (24) – each scored in excess of 20 points, while captain Princ’Tanique Wilson led from the front for the Bahamas with 24 points.

Earlier in the morning session on Sunday, Bahamas, the 2012 champions defeated ten-time champs Barbados 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22) in 74 minutes.

When then tournament served off on Saturday night, Suriname overcame Haiti 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22).

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