Friday, January 19, 2018

T&T pairs take NORCECA exit

BOTH Trinidad and Tobago pairs were eliminated when the opening event in this year’s NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour continued Saturday in Cayman Islands.

Ayana Dyette and Nancy Joseph, who combined in four events at this level last year, made a very impressive start when they trounced a pair from Honduras in straights sets when the tournament served off the day before.

But they were placed on the back-foot early Saturday when they went under 21-10, 21-12 against Tealle Hunkus and Kimberly McGiven of the US. Since the format for the women’s event is double-elimination, Joseph and Dyette had another chance to reach the quarterfinals, but they were beaten 21-12, 21-12 in their first match of the losers draw by Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden of the Cayman Islands.

This country’s Tevin Joseph and Tarandath Deonath, who began this tournament with just one NORCECA event under their belt between them, were virtually out of contention since losing their two matches on Friday. The youngsters, who are preparing for the World Under-23 Championships in Cyprus in July, were outclassed 21-6, 21-10 in their opening match Saturday by two-time defending Cayman Islands champs Eric Haddock and Roberto Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.

Later, Deonath, who competed in the World Under-21 Championships last year, and Joseph were two points away from victory and avoiding the cellar place in Group C in the second set of their final round-robin encounter. But Olney Thompson and Philippe Deslandes of the Cayman Island battled back to prevail 16-21, 21-19, 15-12.

The tournament ended yesterday and the T&T players then headed to Guatemala to participate in the second and third legs over the next two weekends.

There are 14 legs in this year’s circuit and the final stage is scheduled for Trinidad at the end of October.