Monday, February 19, 2018

T&T girls seventh in NORCECA

AYANA DYETTE and Nancy Joseph placed a respectable seventh of the 15 pairs in the third leg of the 2014 NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Circuit Sunday in Antigua, Guatemala.

After finishing 11th and 12th, respectively, over the previous two weekends in Cayman Islands and Guatemala City, respectively, the Trinidad and Tobago girls won their first two matches in straight sets Friday to be assured of a place in the quarter-finals.

Joseph and Dyette eventually lost in the quarters the day after against Cubans Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez, who went on to secure the bronze medal on Sunday.

The country’s No. 1-ranked pair reached as far as the quarters once from four events in last year’s circuit, but have both finished as high as four twice at NORCECA level.

Compatriots Tevin Joseph and Tarandath Deonath—only chosen after neither of the top two pairs was available for the first three tournaments—brought up the rear for the second weekend in a row, after also losing all their matches in the opening leg in Cayman Islands.

These were the only three NORCECA tournaments Tevin Joseph has ever player, but Deonath, who competed in the World Under-21 Championships last year, was involved in one event last year.

They are preparing for the World Under-23 Championships in Cyprus in July.

Tealle Hunkus and Kimberly McGiven, who won the gold medal in the Cayman Islands and notched bronze in the previous tournament in Guatemala, whipped fellow Americans Tracy Weamer and Kendra Wanzweiten 21-15, 26-14 in the final.

And Sergio Gonzalez and Nivaldo Diaz completed a sweep of both Guatemala legs when they cruised past Puerto Ricans Roberto Rodriguez and Erik Haddock 21-15, 21-13 for the men’s gold medal.  

The fourth and fifth stages will be contested over consecutive weekends in Mexico from Indian Arrival Day (May 30). There are 14 legs this year and the final event is scheduled for Trinidad in the middle of November.