The Bahamas in bronze medal match in Guadeloupe
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 29, 2013
The Bahamas’ junior men’s volleyball team was all set to compete for the bronze medal yesterday, after falling to the defending champions Curacao on Saturday.
Team Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago met up late yesterday evening, at the Paul Chonchon Sports and Cultural Centre, for the bronze medal in the 9th CAZOVA Junior Men’s Championship, in Guadeloupe. No result was available up to press time.
Curacao defeated The Bahamas in the second semi-final match, on Saturday, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-14. Barbados emerged victorious over Trinidad and Tobago, in the first semi-final game. Leading the way for The Bahamas, in the semi-finals were captain Rajhal Moxey and Antonio Jennings. They finished with 12 points each. Kenton Dawkins scored eight in the loss for The Bahamas.
The Nassau Guardian was unable to reach head coach De’Vince Smith for comments, but it was reported, that Smith said Team Bahamas “cracked under pressure and did not execute” while
Curacao remained focussed and played consistent volleyball. The fifth place match was won by the U.S. Virgin Islands, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 25-21 and 15-9, over host country Guadeloupe.
While the junior team fought for a medal at the championships in Guadeloupe, the senior men’s squad was at home practicing for the International Federation of Volleyball’s (FIVB) Second Round Qualifiers for the 2014 World Championships. The men’s team will compete in Saint Martin, from August 10-13. The Bahamas will play out of Pool I. The youth girls will head to Trinidad and Tobago for the CAZOVA Youth Championships, from August 7-12.