Bridgetown, Barbados, December 07, 2015 - Defending champions Barbados made a strong start to CAZOVA Junior crown when Day One of the 10th edition climaxed tonight at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Displaying great experience and power Barbados stifled arch rivals Trinidad & Tobago in a crucial Group B match 25-20, 25-12, 25-18. Captain Andriy Stapleton and vice captain Adam Niles led the Bajans attack with Niles scoring 13 points and Stapleton 12.
Great attacking contributions also came from middle Shamar Bishop and opposite Carlos Cyrus which allowed coach John Stuart to just use seven players to complete the victory. T&T used their full roster but only Marlon Philip with 13 points was consistent enough to worry Barbados with the home crowd giving great support.
Stuart indicated that he was pleased with the performance of his team although he expressed concerns about some of the serving errors. "I am confident that once the guys maintain their level of play and that we reduce the serving errors we should successfully defend our title," said Stuart.
Coach of T&T Gideon Dixon quickly labeled Barbados as the team to beat since they appeared to be the strongest unit. "I was very impressed with the experience and high standard of play of Barbados and I believe that Barbados is the team that we will have to try to stop from winning the gold," said Dixon