PLEASANTVILLE, San Fernando, Trinidad, July 7, 2022: Host Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign with a five-set entertaining win (3-2) 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 10-25, 15-9 over a stubborn US Virgin Islands in their 2021 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Junior Men (Under-21) Championship round-robin opener at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena.
Commenting after the win in the see-saw battle that had the spectators on the edge of their seats from the first serve, Trinidad and Tobago coach Peer Nasseir said his team had a nervous start and made too many errors.
“Our mistakes on our passing and serving almost cost us the match and I believe we were very lucky to come away with the win.
Isaac Raphael, coach of the US Virgin Islands team said he was very proud of his team despite the loss.
“Our preparation for this tournament was not all that good, and it was shown in our serving which I felt was weak, but overall I’m happy with the effort and very excited for what the future holds for this team because we have many young players among this group.
Gabriel Rosa, captain of the US Virgin Islands team said his team were able to do a lot of good things despite the defeat.
“We know we have some basics to work on and we know there is great potential among this group to do well, but we just need to work out the kinks.”