T&T girls make NORCECA quarters
NANCY JOSEPH and Ayana Dyette reached the quarter-finals of the seventh leg of the NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Circuit in Puerto Rico on Saturday.
Needing to beat a pair of Puerto Ricans to finish second in Group A and earn a spot in the last eight, the Trinidad and Tobago girls scored a convincing 21-18, 21-10 triumph.
Dyette and Joseph, who had impressively dispatched of a pair from Honduras when the tournament served off the day before but lost in straight sets to the group winners from the United States, then went under 21-9, 21-10 to Canadians Kacie MacTivesh and Caleigh Whittaker in their battle for a semi-final spot.
Simon Blake and Daneil Williams were out of contention since Friday when they lost twice in Group B. Americans Nicolas Lucerna and Theodore Brunner also lost to the Canadians and Puerto Ricans in straight sets Friday and defaulted to the “Toco Boys” the day after.
Blake and Williams, who are playing together for the fifth time in this year’s circuit and have reached the quarters on two occasions, then began the consolation round with a 21-11, 21-11 victory over a pair from Aruba.
Joseph’s only NORCECA outing this year was in the fourth leg in Mexico in early June, while Dyette is making her first appearance of the season. The two had reached the semis the only other time they combined at this level at home last October.
In that tournament, Williams and Fabian Whitfield collected this country’s only NORCECA medal when they picked up bronze in Toco.
The eighth stage will take place in two weeks time in California, USA. The 11-leg circuit will conclude at the end of November in Trinidad.