TRINIDAD and Tobago went down to their hosts in the last of four fixtures on the opening day of the Men's Pan American Volleyball Cup, in Dominican Republic, on Monday night.
The Dominican Republic won the Group A contest 25-13, 25-19, 30-28 in almost an hour and a half. Jose Caceres and Elvis Contreras led the way for the winners with 19 and 17 points, respectively, while skipper Nolan Tash (14) and Marc Honore (11) were the T&T players in double figures.
The Caribbean champions will conclude their round-robin campaign against Canada at three p.m. today after doing battle with the Argentines yesterday.
Argentina edged Canada in a five-set thriller in the first match of the tournament, 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14, yesterday, in just over two hours.
In Group B, defending champs and world No. 1 Brazil brushed aside Mexico 25-15, 25-15, 25-16, and four-time champs the United States rolled over Venezuela 25-17, 25-19, 25-12.
The group winners will advance directly to Friday night's semifinals, while the runners-up and third-placed teams will play quarterfinals the night before. The final is scheduled for Saturday night.
The women's version of the tournament will begin in Mexico tomorrow, and multiple Caribbean champs T&T are among the participating nations.