Charleston trio earn roster spots for teams at World Championship qualifier

Three Charleston players were selected to represented their countries in a qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championship.

Opposite Rajahl Moxey and middle attacker Eugene Stuart are competing with the Bahamas, while middle attacker Adriel Roberts is playing for Trinidad and Tobago at the CAZOVA Senior Men’s Championship that started on Tuesday.

The CZOVA Championship is comprised of eight teams from the Caribbean region. The two teams that reach the championship match on Sunday will advance to the final round of World Championship qualification, the NORCECA Continental Championship in September.

Stuart finished last season in the top 10 of the EIVA with 74 blocks, including having a season-high six blocks in a near upset victory against Princeton in March. The sophomore also had two matches with double-digit kills and more than a .500 attack percentage.

Along with earning a spot in the Bahamas starting lineup, Stuart had five kills and two blocks in the team’s five-game loss to Barbados in its tournament opener on Tuesday.

Moxey ended last season second on Charleston with a 2.16 kills per game average and had three matches with double-digit kills. In addition, Moxey contributed a 1.19 digs per game average.

Roberts joined Trinidad and Tobago following his first season with Charleston and did not appear in any matches for the Golden Eagles during the 2017 season.

Charleston under new head Ken Murczek in 2017 set a program-record with 12 wins. Despite a last place finish in the EIVA, the third-year program had a winning record in non-conference play.

The CZOVA Championship will continue today with the pool-play stage as the Bahamas plays Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago takes on Suriname.

The two pool champions at the conclusion of pool play will earn byes to the tournament’s semifinals on Saturday, while the third and fourth place teams will qualify for the quarterfinals on Friday.