Trinidad and Tobago top Bahamas to take bronze
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, July 29, 2023.- Trinidad and Tobago cruised pass Bahamas to take the bronze medal at the 18th Caribbean Championship in Paramaribo. The Soca boys win the game 3-1 (25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18) at the Anthony Nesty Sport Hall.
Trinidad and Tobago never had any problems going into this game after the loss against host and defending champion Suriname on Friday. In the first set it was almost a close game, but a lot of unforced errors made by Bahamas cost the Bahamians the set. The second set Trinidad and Tobago showed how they are built and never came from behind. The veterans of Bahamas showed that they had something left in their tank. It was Trinidad and Tobago who looks the hungrier to winning the match.
Outside hitter Marlon Waldo led Trinidad and Tobago with 20 points including 4 spikes, 2 block and 3 digs. His team mate Daynte Stewart who is an outside hitter contributed with 19 points. Outside hitter Wilson scored 20 points for Bahamas. His captain and middle blocker Byron Ferguson and middle blocker Hepburn Shanari scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
Gideon Dickson, Head coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “We came here in this tournament with a group of young players who I think that can grow the upcoming ten years and make some noise in this region. I am proud of what they displayed today. I let everyone have a shot and be prepared for the next tournament. We know we have a long way to go, but back at home we will discuss things and go forward.”
Marlon Waldo, Outside hitter of Trinidad and Tobago: “We came into this game after the loss against Suriname and showed that every game we take one point at a time. We are happy with the win and are proud that we did well in this tournament.”
Lloyd Davis, Head coach of Bahamas: “We learn in this tournament that every game is different. We played a lot of games the past days and I am thankful that volleyball at this level has restored after covid pandemic. Our group shows a lot of poised and resilience.”