PLEASANTVILLE, San Fernando, Trinidad, July 9, 2022: Haiti maintained their winning record in the five-team round-robin series of the 2021 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Junior Men (Under-21) Championship with a combative 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17) win over Suriname at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena.
With their second four-sets victory on the trot, Haiti improved to a 2-0 record, and eight points, three points behind Jamaica (2-1) who has played a match more while Suriname (1-1) is third with six points, followed by T&T (1-1) with three points and the winless US Virgin Islands, fifth with two points and a 0-3 record.
An elated Dieulengy Relis, captain of the victorious Haitian team said his team came to the tournament with one objective.
“We know that all teams will be a challenge, but we came with the objective to win each match we play and take the trophy back to Haiti.
Coach Junior Siecle added, “We are going to take each match as they come and like my captain said our one aim and focus in this competition is to take the winning trophy back home.”
Antoine Vliet, coach of the Suriname team said his team lacked the focus to challenge Haiti for the win.
“We were not as focused as we should have been and I must also credit the two Haitian outside attackers because I believe they made a big difference in the outcome while we did not play our best match as well.”
Duncan Hiwat, Suriname’s captain said his team were beaten by a better team on the day while admitting that they also made too many errors.
“Haiti had a really good game and their defence was superb against us as well as their attacks, but we will regroup and hope to come back better in our next match.”