Tuesday, January 16, 2018

T&T girls exit in NORCECA quarters


CAME UP SHORT: Nancy Joseph

Mark Fraser

NANCY JOSEPH and Ayana Dyette exited at the quarter-final stage when the third leg of the 2014 NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour continued Saturday in Antigua, Guatemala.

Attempting to reach the semifinals for the first time since they first teamed up at the end of October at home in the 2012 circuit, the Trinidad and Tobago’s girls went under 21-13, 21-10 against Cubans Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez.

Dyette and Joseph had earlier gone down 21-14, 21-14 against Canadians Victoria Altomare and Julie Gordon in their final match in Group C. But they had already been assured of a place in the last eight after straight-set victories over pairs from Barbados and Guatemala when the tournament served off on Friday.

This country’s No. 1-ranked pair improved considerably in this event after placing 11th and 12th, respectively, in the first two legs over the previous two weekends in Cayman Islands and Guatemala City, respectively.

But the nightmare continued for compatriots Tevin Joseph and Tarandath Deonath, only chosen after neither of the top two pairs was able to make the trip.

After losing twice on Friday, the youngsters, preparing for the World Under-23 Championships in Cyprus in July, ended up at the bottom of Group B after going down 21-10, 21-14 against Guatemalans Erik Flores and Mark Alvarez.

Deonath, who played in the World Under-21 Championships last year, and Joseph did not win a match in the first two legs either.

Tevin had not played at this level before this season, while Deonath had contested one event in last year’s NORCECA circuit.

Dyette and Nancy, who combined four times last year and reached as far as the quarters once, have both just missed the podium twice at this level by placing fourth. The four players are expected home today.

The fourth and fifth stages will be contested back-to-back in Mexico from the last weekend of the month. There are 14 legs this year and the final event is scheduled for Trinidad in the middle of November.