TRINIDAD and Tobago will be involved in the final of three matches when the NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Under-18 Female Volleyball Championship serves off today in Costa Rica. The three-time defending Caribbean champions will oppose the host country at 8 p.m. in the first Group A encounter of the tournament.
There are three teams in each of the three groups and T&T will tackle Honduras at 6 p.m. tomorrow and be on a bye when the round-robin group phase ends on Thursday with Costa Rica facing Honduras. Honduras, Mexico and the United States are in Group B, while Group C is comprised of Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and St Lucia.
The two group winners with the best ratio will move straight into Saturday nightís semifinals, while the winner of the other group and the three runners-up will contest quarterfinals the night before.
The champions will be crowned on Sunday night. This biennial tournament served off in 1998 and the only time that the US did not capture the gold medal was two years later when they finished second to the Puerto Ricans.
T&T will be depending very heavily on Kaylon Cruickshank, Sarah Low and Reann Young, who were instrumental in this country completing a hat-trick in the Caribbean Championships at home in December. Low was the Best Setter, Cruickshank, the Best Spiker and Best Blocker and captain Young was the Best Scorer and Most Valuable Player of that tournament.
T&T SQUAD: Aaliyah Alexis; Jordyn Ali; Nekeisha Blackman; Johanna Belmar; Kaylon Cruickshank; Johhalcyon Drayton; Alexandrea Jones; Shakeema Lake; Destiny Leon; Sarah Low; Nicolette D Mille; Reann Young. Macsood Ali (coach). Kamla Elcock (manager).