Thursday, January 18, 2018

CAC beach v/ball qualifier on today


DYNAMIC DUO: Nancy Joseph, left, Ayana Dyette.

Mark Fraser

THE first beach volleyball qualifying tournament to select the female pair to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games will take place today at the man-made sand courts at Saith Park, Chaguanas.

Four pairs are expected to compete, but it could be a “one horse” race with the inclusion of Ayana Dyette and Nancy Joseph. 

It is surprising that the Trinidad & Tobago Volleyball Federation (TTVF) has even scheduled this best-of-three series as the country’s top-ranked pair has not lost a single match at home this year.

And Joseph and Dyette have dominated to such an extent that they have surrendered just two sets in the combined seven TTVF tournaments. Their latest victory was two weeks ago when they qualified for the sixth leg of the 2014 NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Circuit.

Elki Philip and Pauline Woodroffe began the season as serious rivals to Dyette and Joseph, but have only been able to win two sets from six meetings. Youngsters La Teisha Joseph and Apphia Glasgow, who stunned Philip and Woodroffe in straight sets two weeks ago, are also expected to compete. 

And the line-up will also include Malika Davidson and Chelsi Ward, who will represent in the country in two major international events in the next month. The youngsters, who played in the World Under-21 Beach Volleyball Championships last year, will contest the World Under-19 Championships in Portugal at the end of the month and will go to China for the Youth Olympics right after.

The beach volleyball segment of the CAC Games will take place in Mexico at the end of November. Joseph and then partner Philip were selected for the previous edition four years ago in Colombia, but Dyette and Nadiege Honore went instead after Joseph sustained an injury.