Home team Trinidad and Tobago’s men volleyball team last night came unstuck in their bid to keep a clean slate in the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Championship when they were beaten in a hard-fought four-set match by Barbados.
The TT women’s team have however stayed on course for a successful title defence after winning their second match in a row Tuesday night against Suriname.
The TT women opened with a win against Barbados on Monday night but the men’s team could not do the same last evening.
The TT men who defeated Suriname in their opening match must now avoid defeat in their next match to have a chance of reaching the final stage of the championships.
Meanwhile Byron Ferguson had another impressive night as defending men’ champions Bahamas secured another five-set victory, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10 over Jamaica to top Pool A of the Championship (CAZOVA) Tournament taking place at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.
Middle-blocker Ferguson finished with 18 points, 15 of which were kills and two blocks as Bahamas got its second win from as many matches in the three-team pool, to take top spot with six points, and more importantly gain an automatic semifinal spot as group winners.
Jamaica and Curacao, who meet tonight will contest quarterfinal matches on Friday, no matter the outcome of their meeting.
In women’s action yesterday, Jamaica team captain Simone Asque was the lone player in double-digit scoring for the match as Jamaica coasted past two-time winner, Bahamas, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 to remain unbeaten.
The Chicago-born Asque, who has played professionally in Cyprus and Denmark, tallied 12 points, while her sister, Gillian Asque got six in the 77 minute win.
For the Bahamians, Melinda Bastian had a team-best eight points.
The Jamaicans, yet to capture the title after second placed finishes in 1996 and 2004, held the edge in spikes 26-20 and service aces, 4-2 while both teams were even on blocks with seven each.
However, Bahamas added to its own downfall, by committing 38 errors to 22 from the Jamaicans, now with a 2-0 record and maximum ten points, the same as host and four-time defending champions Trinidad and Tobago.