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Bahamian trio eyeing championship in the CVL

They are also in contention for a number of individual awards
  • Bahamian Byron Ferguson, shown, along with fellow Bahamians Shedrick Forbes and Prince Wilson, were selected to represent The Bahamas in the 2nd Annual Caribbean Volleyball League. They have set their eyes on the championship this year. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 31, 2013

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The three Bahamians playing in the 2nd Annual Caribbean Volleyball League (CVL) have set their eyes on the championship title after quickly spiking their way up the rankings.

Shedrick Forbes, Byron Ferguson and Prince Wilson were selected to represent The Bahamas in the league, playing with the Glamorgan squad. The tournament swung into action on Wednesday, at the University of the West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre, in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. The team took to the court with Toco and they won, 24-26, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-21.

“It’s a pleasure being invited once again to the 2nd Annual Caribbean Volleyball League (CVL),” said Forbes. “This tournament acts as one of the few events that hosts the very best in CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) region. The players who were invited this year are from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guyana and the USA to name a few, so being among such elite players will surely allow me to see where I am at, in terms of my game. I enjoy playing at a much higher level.

“Last year was the first showcase of the CVL and the games were all extremely competitive, with almost all of the games going the distance or five sets. The CVL is surely moving in a positive direction. I was told that the plans for the future are to launch a league where players will be paid to play. That is a great idea. Making Trinidad and Tobago a scouting ground for coaches and recruiters, who are searching for potential players wanting to play in premier leagues in Europe is also an excellent idea. Starting is always the hard part. Now that the league is up and running and persons are interested in playing, bringing coaches or scouts down is easy, so this is surely an exciting time for volleyball and the future is definitely bright in the Caribbean.”

The Bahamian trio of Ferguson, Wilson and Forbes are teaming up with Trinidad and Tobago’s national team setter Saleem Ali, Ryan Stewart, and Jordan DuFault of the United States of America (USA). The other teams competing for the $5,000 purse prize are the Technocrats, the Big SEPoS and Toco Youths. Last year, Glamorgan played the Technocrats in the final, defeating them 26-24, 28-30, 18-25, 31-29 and 16-14. Sebastian Haehner of Germany won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and Bahamian Jamaal Ferguson was named the best libero. Among the four teams in the women’s division are the University of Trinidad and Tobago Technocrats and Glamorgan.

Ferguson, who plays professional volleyball in Finland, is among the favorites to win the best blocker award, while Wilson is among the favorites for the best attacker and server awards. Forbes is in the top 10 at the tournament in the attacks division. He is expected to move up the rankings in the best receiver category as the tournament progresses. The CVL is expected to wrap-up on Sunday. The round-robin play will continue today with the semi-final matches on Saturday.

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