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Jamaica dethrone Barbados of CAZOVA U19 title

first_imgJamaica won the 2015 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Under-19 championship, de-throning Barbados 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 to win the four-team tournament, their first in international volleyball at any level. The team will now represent CAZOVA in the NORCECA Under -19 tournament to be held sometime between later this year and next year. Jamaica also exacted a measure of revenge on the defending champions, who had beaten them 3-1 on the first day of the tournament, last week Thursday. In Sunday’s final, Jamaica overcame a six-point deficit in what was a keenly contested first set that got the home crowd – consisting mainly of college students – cheering wildly. Barbados began the second set by racing to an 8-2 lead, before a time-out was called. On the resumption, Jamaica went on an eight-one run to lead 10-9. Ten to nine soon became 13-9 as the Jamaicans tried to race to a two-set to love lead. Barbados weren’t having it. The defending champions came into the final on an unbeaten streak of four games and were not going to roll over and die. Spurred by their outside hitter, No. 2 Brandon Callender, who had 18 spikes, and libero Akeel Oxley, Barbados rallied to take the lead 22-18, when Jamaica’s head coach, Steve Davis, called a time-out. Following the break, Jamaica clawed their way back to eke out a close 25-23 win. BRAVE BATTLE Facing the daunting task of winning three straight sets against an opponent growing in confidence as the game went on, Barbados battled bravely, but the influence of tournament MVP Jovan Thomas, Jamaica’s captain, whose nine left-handed spikes were virtually unstoppable; and six from No.8, Shavar James, enabled Jamaica to secure a comfortable 25-16 win to snatch the title. “I am extremely satisfied,” said an elated Davis, following the historic win. “Like I had been saying at the beginning, the guys are young but they are hard working. They never complained; and every training session, they got better, and every game, they got better. “We took a set from Barbados in the first match, and that set was 25-14, so we knew we had what it takes to beat them,” he noted. John Stuart, Barbados’ head coach, said unforced errors proved to be their downfall. “It was unforced errors and too many bad serves,” he said. “In all fairness, Jamaica played better than Barbados and deserved to win.”last_img read more

Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semifinal

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Nadal was serving at 5-3, 30-15 after having dropped the first set when play was stopped.He came back on court in full swing and made Schwartzman run a lot with a combination of deep groundstrokes and subtle drop shots. He was also able to raise his level when in danger, saving three break points in the eight game of the third set with great shot-making, and four more in the final set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNadal is only the third male player in the Open Era to reach 11 semifinals at a single Grand Slam, alongside Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.The 10-time Roland Garros champion will be up against Marin Cilic or Juan Martin del Potro for a spot in the final. MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina World Cup: Ronaldo puts Paris agony behind him in 2002 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Rafael Nadal is into the French Open semifinals for the 11th time.The top-ranked Spaniard completed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina over two days after their quarterfinal was halted by rain on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more