Trinidad and Tobago overcomes injury to silence Martinique U-21 men

RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December, 8, 2019: Trinidad and Tobago captain Joshua Persaud and his team-mates dug deep to overcame an injury to key player, Opposite Elijah Best for a 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 26-24) win over host Martinique in their Pool B opener of the 2019 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-21) Men Championship at La Ville Riviere-Salee Palais Des Sport.

Monday 09 de December del 2019 19:45 PM

The fifth-placed finishers in 2017/2018 when the competition was last held in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago were able to manage their game better than the host nation and won the key points when need to get the better of the 1999 winners who are also seeking to improve on their bronze medal last time out.

Persaud speaking after his team victory which left the home supporters stunned said his team had to come out very positive to have a chance against the host country.

"We knew to play Martinique in front of their crowd was going to be tough and by winning the first set we built our momentum and continued from their own.

"Best picked up an injury and he is one of our key players, but the guys all came together and pulled through for him."

Assistant coach, Curtis Burkette commenting on the win said his team worked very hard for the win.

"We suffered a setback in losing a key player in Best during the match, but it motivated the players to fight even harder which helped us to get over the bump." 

Gael Melinard, the coach of Martinique said the match was much more difficult for his players than they first expected.

"The guys also seemed afraid and we didn't manage every point as we should and made too many mistakes which in the end cost us the match."

Captain of the Martinique team, Mathias Melinard, the son of the coach said the battle between both teams was a very close one, but his team was not able to make the winning difference when needed.

"We made too many unforced errors, and Trinidad and Tobago did well.



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