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T&T tackle Panama in ‘Worlds’ qualifier

By \\\\\ Shammi Kowlessar

TRINIDAD and Tobago will tackle Panama in the second match of a double header when the NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) playoff tournament for the Women’s World Volleyball Championship serves off tonight at the Sport & Physical Education Centre of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua are also participating in this round-robin tournament and the winning team will secure the 24th and final spot in the World Championships, which will be staged in Italy from September 23-October 12.

Action gets going at 6 p.m. with favourites Mexico coming up against Costa Rica, the only team with experience in “Worlds” as their players have been involved in the last two editions.

Two hours later five-time Caribbean champions T&T tackle Panama. The Nicaraguans are on a bye and will begin their campaign at 8 p.m. tomorrow against the hosts.

T&T will play their four matches at this time and they will oppose Costa Rica on Friday night and conclude their campaign against the Mexicans in the final match of the tournament on Sunday night, following a bye the night before.

Mexico is the highest ranked country in this tournament, but at No. 28 in the world, they are only rated one place higher than Costa Rica and three ahead of T&T.

The Nicaraguans are ranked 46th, while the Panamanians bring up the rear at No. 55 in the world.

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