Jamaica eases past USVI to increase Under-21 men title hopes 

PLEASANTVILLE, San Fernando, Trinidad, July 9, 2022  – Jamaica eased past the challenge of US Virgin Islands 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-17) to improve to a 2-1 record in their five-team round-robin series and stayed in the hunt for the 2021 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Junior Men (Under-21) Championship crown at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena.  

The win lifted Jamaica to 11 points and top spot on the table followed by Suriname (1-0) with five points, Haiti (1-0) with four points, T&T (1-1) with three points and the winless US Virgin Islands, fifth with two points and a 0-3 record. 

Speaking after his team’s impressive win, Jamaican’s coach Steve Davis said he was pleased with his team’s effort which resulted in the win. 

He said, “I know the boys worked very hard in the short space of time we had to prepare and in each game we play we have seen a drastic improvement as we have gotten better and better as the matches comes along.” 

Team captain, Andrae Robb, “We stuck to our game plane given by our coach and we executed very well which helped us to get the win. Overall, we are happy with the outcome and will now rest ahead of our final match on Monday against Suriname. 

US Virgin Islands’ coach Isaac Raphael was quick to point out his youthful team lacked the experienced to put up a better showing. 

“We know we have a very young team and you can see that the capabilities of the players are right there. But our  inexperience continues to bite us as we have been guilty of making too many careless errors when we seem to be closing the gap, and its has been hurting us in each game.”  

Team captain Gabriel Rosa added, “I believes my team needs to put more energy into our  game from the start.” 

“We have been getting off to slow starts and for us to be competitive we need to have more concentration and focus for our passing and serving game to be effective.”