FABIAN WHITFIELD will reunite with Daneil Williams today when the ninth leg of the NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Circuit serves off in St Lucia.
The “Toco Boys” will represent Trinidad and Tobago in the three-day tournament, along with the Ayana Dyette/Nancy Joseph and Elki Philip/Pauline Woodroffe tandems.
Williams and Whitfield played together in the majority of events in last year’s circuit, but Williams was forced to find another partner when Whitfield missed the first part of this season because of studies.
Williams and Simon Blake, another player from Toco, have combined in six of the eight NORCECA events this year, but the latter is unavailable after being injured in the previous leg last weekend in California, USA.
Whitfield and Williams actually made their breakthrough in the St Lucia leg last year when they finished fourth. Two weeks later they went on to claim this country’s only NORCECA medal when they picked up bronze at home at the end of October.
T&T’s females also performed admirably in St Lucia last year as they placed fourth and fifth. The same four players are there again, but the combinations are different.
After finishing fourth last year, Dyette and Philip have gone their separate ways.
Philip’s regular partner is now Woodroffe and the two are playing together in a NORCECA tournament for the second time this season after finishing down the field in the sixth leg in Mexico.
Two months earlier Woodroffe and Joseph had also struggled with the high altitude in Mexico in the fourth leg.
Joseph and Dyette reached the quarterfinals and placed eighth in the seventh leg in Puerto Rico in late September in their only NORCECA tournament together since finishing fourth at home just over a year ago.