Barbados beat Bahamas and return to men’s Caribbean Championship final
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, July 28, 2023.- Barbados will have another shot at winning their 11th Caribbean Championship on Sunday, as the Bajans will face either hosts Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago of the 18th edition of the tournament in Paramaribo.
Barbados was incredibly dominant in the semifinals at the Anthony Nesty Sport hall on Friday, as they gave just one set away to Bahamas, producing a 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22) win to return to the gold medal match.
This will be the fourteenth appearance for Barbados in the event’s gold medal match – they lost to defending champion Suriname in the 17th edition, in 2018.
Team captain and Outside hitter Oxley led Barbados with 22 points. He is joined by middle blocker Akeil and opposite Mayers with 14 and 13 points respectively. For Bahamas outside hitter Wilson 21 points including 5 spikes and 5 block.
Elwyn Oxley, coach of Barbados: “All the credit are going to the players. The have fought all through this tournament. Especially those young players we have coming up doing great stuff out on the court. Let’s see who will we meet in the final on Sunday.”
Akeel Oxley, captain of Barbados: “We know that we have to be very focus in this match. I don’t mind playing either Suriname or Trinidad. We have a good team that is building something. It will be a great final on Sunday.”