Bridgetown, Barbados, December 8, 2015 - Haiti scored an exciting win over host Barbados to cap an exciting Day Two of the 10th CAZOVA junior championships at the Wildey Gym in Bridgetown.
In a slug fest between two high jumping attackers, Shonte Seale of Barbados and opponent Solaida Pierre, Haiti took the thrilling match 26-24, 15-25, 25-14, 25-22 to take early control of Group D. The French team will meet former queens Trinidad and Tobago in a decisive match on Day Three.
Barbados will meet T&T the next day with the desperation of needing to win a match before playoffs commence on Friday. Haiti had taken early control of the first set before Barbados surged from 11-16 to 23-17 but they then lost that opener.
Although Deandra Small with 13 kills gave latter support to Seale's 11 kills and four stiff blocks, Barbados had no answer for the attack of Pierre who slammed 16 kills. Djoulissa Mathe's 11 points and 10 from Juliette Bayol kept Haiti in charge even when the Bajans made a late charge in the fourth set.
Haiti's coach Osse Jean Francois was full of praise for his opponents and the excitement of the game. "We have been training for five years and Barbados as a very good team gave us a strong fight. The match was very exciting and keen and it gave us a chance to assess the opposition and prepare for our remaining games," said Jean Francois.
Coach of the Barbados team Patrick Oxley pointed to poor reception which offset his team's performance. "Our passing broke down which affected our setting and attacking. But, Haiti played a great game. We have to go back to basics to prepare for Trinidad and Tobago," said Oxley.