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T&T girls trying to make history

By \\\\\ Shammi Kowlessar

TRINIDAD and Tobago will be attempting to become the smallest country to ever qualify for a world championship event in the sport of indoor volleyball from tomorrow. 

And this country will be hosting the playoff tournament at Sport & Physical Education Centre (SPEC) of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies to determine the 24th and final country to qualify for the Women’s World Championships.

Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and T&T, the countries which finished in the runner-up spots in the third and final round of NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) qualifying for the tournament, will be doing battle until Sunday and the winning team will occupy the final spot for “World” in Italy from September 23.

Mexico, who finished eighth at home last month in the Pan American Cup to earn the final ticket for the World Grand Prix in the US next July, are the favourites, but at No. 28 in the world, they are ranked just one place ahead of Costa Rica and three spots in front of T&T. This country’s girls finished 11th and last in “Pan Am”, but won the first two sets before going under in five when they opposed the Mexicans.

Just ahead of the five-time Caribbean champs last month were Costa Rica,  the only one of                           the participating countries with experience at World Championship level as they have participated in the last two editions of “Worlds.”

The Nicaraguans are ranked 46th in the world, nine places ahead of Panama. The overseas teams were expected to arrive yesterday and the draw will be made during this morning’s technical meeting at Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s.

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