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T&T’s Honore, Hoyte, Donald cop CAZOVA awards
The local trio of Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, Kameron Donald and USA-based Mikheil Hoyte all picked up individual awards at the conclusion of the 17th Senior Men’s Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sports Hall, Paramaribo, Suriname on Tuesday night.
Honore who plays professional for SL Benfica, and was the recipient of the “First Best Middle Blocker” accolade at the just concluded Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, earned this award again in Suriname while team-mate Hoyte was voted “Second Best Middle Blocker”, and, Donald “Best Setter” for the third straight CAZOVA Championship.
Earlier on the night, Honore had 17 points, four less than Daneil Williams in T&T’s 26-24, 25-22, 28-30, 25-22 triumph over ten-time champions and longtime rival Barbados in the bronze medal match.
Last year’s tournament “Most Valuable Player” award recipient Brandon Legall and Hoyte both chipped in with nine points each for T&T, while Akim Bushe added seven to avenge a five-set round-robin loss to the same Barbadians on Monday night.
For Barbados, captain Shawn Simpson led the way with 15 points, Kyle Browne who scored a tournament-high 33 in the five-set win over T&T got 13 this time around, and Amuniki Wood, 11.
Overall, it was an evenly matches contested between both teams, with Barbados holding a narrow 47-46 edge on spikes while T&T dominated on blocks, 13-7 and service aces, 7-2.
The Sean Morrison-coached T&T squad which comprised only ten players as compared to 12 allowed by regulations was also guilty of committing more errors than its opponent, 42- to 38.
The third-placed finish ended a run of two straight crowns (2014 and 2017) for T&T on home soil.
T&T was crowned champion for the first time back in 2010 in Suriname, before losing out to the Bahamas in 2012 final is US Virgin Islands while Barbados failed to medal for the first time.
After leading Suriname to its first-ever title in three attempts on home soil, Keven Sporkslede captured three individual awards.
In addition to being the “First Best Outside Hitter” and “Top Scorer”, the explosive Sporkslede also secured the most prestigious of all the individual prizes, the “Most Valuable Player”.
The hosts finished with five of the 12 awards as Gino Naaden, was named “Second Best Outsider Hitter”, and their other prolific scorer Zefano Breinburg collected the “Best Opposite Hitter” award.
Despite losing all four matches to finish at the rear of the five-team field, Haiti’s copped three awards with Jean-Philippe Bayol, the “Best Server”, and Pedro Cedme “Best Digger” and “Best Libero”.
Bahamas’ only individual prize was the one presented to Renaldo Knowles for “Best Receiver”.
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