Caribbean tourney serves off

By Shammi Kowlessar

BOTH Trinidad and Tobago teams will be in action when the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CASOVA) Youth Championships serves off today at Eastern Regional Sports Arena, Tacarigua.
The boys will be up first when they tackle the United States at 4 p.m. and the girls will oppose Bahamas two hours later in the final game of a triple header.
The tournament will serve off at 2 p.m. with the boys teams of Barbados and Jamaica squaring off.
Players from five countries will be competing until Sunday, but Jamaica and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) did not send female teams, leaving Bahamas, Barbados and hosts T&T to fight for the title.
The tournament for Under-18 girls has only been contested twice and T&T captured the gold medal both times--at home in 2007 and last year in St Croix.
T&T’s Under-19 boys finished fourth last year after picking up bronze medals in the previous two editions.
They will face Jamaica at 6 p.m. tomorrow and conclude their round-robin campaign at 4 p.m. on Saturday against defending champs USVI.
T&T’s girls will have the day off tomorrow and oppose Barbados in the final round-robin match on Saturday.
The boys’ final is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, two hours before the girls’.
Reann Young is at the helm of the girls’ team, while Marlon Phillip, who competed in the regional qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games and still has a chance to qualify for Nanjing, China, in August, is the boys’ captain.
National player Sean Morrison is in charge of the boys, while the girls’ coach is veteran Macsood Ali.
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