Barbados survived strong challenge from Jamaica
Host Barbados were surprisingly taken to five sets by a late surging Jamaica in their preliminary match-up of the Twelfth Caribbean Volleyball Championships being played at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados.
Over 2000 boisterous spectators watched a standout performance from two-times MVP Shari Matthews deny the Jamaican, 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 21-25, 15-6, to move to 2-0 in group D. A win in their final prelim game tomorrow night against the United States Virgin Islands will carry the Bajans straight to Saturday nightís semis.
Earlier in the day the defending womenís champions, Trinidad & Tobago were harangued by a plucky Netherlands Antilles before the size and the power of T&T triumphed, 15-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17. Martinique who shares Group C with T&T moved to 2-0 by beating the OECS queens, St. Lucia, 25-13, 25-10, 23-25, 25-11.