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Women go for 6th straight gold

By by Shammi Kowlessar

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s women will be the prohibitive favourites to capture a fifth consecutive gold medal when the curtain falls on the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship today at Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

The hosts will tackle Jamaica in the final match of the biennial tournament, two hours after the 4 p.m. men’s gold-medal match.

Jamaica were the only team to take a set from T&T in the round-robin phase of the tournament and kept them on court for over two hours two nights ago in the four-set encounter. But the defending champs could, and probably should have won that encounter in straight sets as they failed to convert two match points at 24-22 after taking the first two sets fairly comfortably.

T&T completed their round-robin campaign in tremendous fashion on Friday night when the trounced Bahamas 25-13, 25-13, 25-13 in just over an hour for their fourth triumph.

Europe-based 20-year-old Channon Thompson (12) and Sinead Jack (ten) were the only players in double figures and had nine and eight kills, respectively.

It was the third time from four matches in the tournament that Thompson had the game-high tally. The only time that the France-based player failed to be the game’s leading scorer was when she played second fiddle to Jack against Jamaica on Thursday night.

T&T completely dominated on kills (32-12) and service winners (8-1) and also led on blocked shots (5-3) against opponents who were losing for the third time from as many matches. Jamaica booked their place in the final when they whipped Barbados 21-19, 21-12, 21-21 in 86 minutes in the first of four matches on yesterday’s schedule for their third triumph.

It was a very disappointing tournament for the Bajans as they lost three times and only beat the Bahamians.

The six-time champs could still end up with a medal as they expected to face Suriname for the bronze at noon today.

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