Calypso Spikers stroll past Barbados in Group I opener
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad: Finland-based
Darlene Ramdin led four players in double-digits as host T&T
sounded an early warning to all opponents in Group I of their
NORCECA Women’s Second Round qualifiers to the 2014 FIVB World
Championship in Italy with a straights sets win (25-12, 25-6,
26-24) over rivals Barbados.
This was at the University of the West Indies Sports and
Physical Educational Centre, St Augustine, on Saturday morning.
16 points, inclusive of 12 kills and three service aces while
Poland-based players, captain Krystle Esdelle added
13 points (five blocks), Channon Thompson, 11 points (ten kills)
and Sinead Jack, ten points, three of which were blocks for the
seventh NORCECA ranked T&T,
in the victory which came in 57 minutes.
ranked 13th in
Matthews, the team captain and Rhe-Ann Niles each got eight
points while Anicia Woods chipped in with five in the loss.
Overall, it was a dominant display by T&T which was shown via
its 40-19 spikes advantage and 15-3 on service aces, while the
Barbadians had a better showing on blocks to trail, 4-6.
Commenting on her team’s performance, Barbados captain, Shari Matthews
was quick to point out it was the first match that the entire
team played togetherfor quite some time.
not our best performance but it would serve as a learning
experience for the two other matches in the group,” added
Despite the win Esdelle was not all that pleased with how her
She said, “We played O.K, but this is not the level of
volleyball we can play. So we are looking ahead to the next
matches and of course an improvement in our all-round
Andrew Brathwaite, the Barbadian coach said his teams always
look forward to playing against T&T.
“I was very disappointed in how we played in the first two sets,
while our third set was much better as we put up a better fight.
“So that is something that we can build on for the two remaining
round-robin matches and hopefully we can get the wins to reach
the gold medal match and qualify for the next round.
T&T coach, Cuban-born Francisco Cruz said he thinks his players
did not show their full capacity in the match maybe because it
was our first match of the competition and the feeling of some
“In the end the team began to progress as the match went on ,
but I still want to see improvement
in our next two matches.
In Saturday’s second match of the first session, 18th ranked
Honduras come up against 22nd ranked
On Saturday afternoon, in the second session, Anguilla and
Barbados from 6pm followed by host T&T against Honduras at 8pm.
On Sunday, T&T meets Honduras
in the first match of the day from 9am and two hours later,
Barbados and Anguilla close out the round-robin group play , at
the end of which the top two teams will qualify for the gold
medal match on Sunday night from 8pm as well as the Third Round
of NORCECA qualification to Italy.
The other two teams will play for third spot on Sunday from 6pm
with the winner still in with a chance to qualify for Italy.
However, it will only do so, as the best ranked third placed
team of all the six Second Round groups on
the NORCECA ranking on January 1, 2014.