PLEASANTVILLE, San Fernando, Trinidad, July 7, 2022: Haiti made a winning start to its bid to claim the title left vacant by six-time winners Barbados when they came-from-behind to subdue Jamaica 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-21) in their 2021 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Junior Men (Under-21) Championship round-robin opener at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena.
Commenting on his team’s win after the closely fought contest against the Jamaicans who were the last to arrive in the country on Wednesday night and had an extended stay in immigration, Haitian coach Junior Siecle said he was satisfied with the win.
“I’m very pleased with the win but going forward we still have to to make some corrections as I’m not satisfied with our blocking.”
Captain, Dieulengy Relis added, “We started off a bit slow but then we found our momentum and played much better as the match went along. We are very happy to start with the win, and now we must continue to improve to win our other matches as well.
Steve Davis, coach of Jamaica said his team was affected by jet lag and a lack of rest.
“We are not ones to make excuses but we had a very travelling schedule where we reached in late and also had a long stay in immigration.Apart from that we also had little preparation time at home due to exams and we know that our players can improve their level of play and will improve in the next match.”
Andrae Robb captain of Jamaica also said he felt his team was badly affected by their travelling scheduled in addition to lacking in confidence.
“We know where we fell short in this match and we need to improve for our next encounter.”