Champs St Joseph's Convent, Iere High storm into semis
BALMAIN COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago, February 7, 2020 –Title-
holders St Joseph's Convent and Iere High School stormed
into the semifinal round of the Girls' Open Division of the
2020 Secondary Schools Volleyball League Championship
Playoffs after playing unbeaten at the National Cycling
Velodrome, Centre Court, Balmain, Couva.
Playing in a five-schools Pool A round-robin series, the
Macsood Ali-coached St Joseph's Convent (St Joseph) first
won by default against the late-arriving St Augustine Girls'
High 2-0 (15-0, 15-0) before adding victories against South
East Port-of-Spain Secondary 2-1 (12-15, 15-7, 15-12), ASJA
Girls' 2-0 (15-9, 15-4) and International School
Port-of-Spain (ISPS) 2-1 (15-8, 6-15, 15-13) to end with a
perfect 4-0 record and a direct spot in the semifinals on
Tuesday, February 11.
The International School (PoS) and SEPoS finished with 3-1
and 2-2 records respectively in Pool A to grab the two
quarterfinal places as second and third-placed finishers.
This after International School defeated SEPoS 2-0 (15-12,
15-7), ASJA Girls' 2-0 (15-8, 15-3) and St Augustine Girls'
High 2-0 (15-5, 15-8) in their other matches, while SEPoS
registered wins against ASJA Girls 2-0 (15-10, 15-8) and St
Augustine Girls' High 2-0 (15-13, 15-13).
In Pool B, which only consisted of four schools, Iere High
brushed aside St George's College 2-0 (15-8, 15-13),
Pleasantville Secondary 2-0 (15-5, 15-9) and St Joseph's
Convent, Port-of-Spain, 2-0 (15-13, 15-10) for a 3-0 record
and straight passage to the semifinals.
Taking the two quarterfinals places from Pool B were St
Joseph Convent Port-of-Spain (2-1) and St George's College
In their two other matches, S Joseph's Convent (PoS) beat St
George's College 2-1 (15-6, 13-15, 15-7) and Pleasantville
Secondary 2-1 (11-15, 15-12, 15-13), while St George's
battled past Pleasantville Secondary, 2-1 (15-13, 13-15,
15-9) in a winner-take-all clash for third in the pool.
In the semifinals on Tuesday, February 11 at the same venue,
St Joseph's Convent (St Joseph) will face South East
Port-of-Spain while Iere High comes up against International
International School PoS earned their final-four place after
easing past St George's College 15-12, 15-7 in the first
quarterfinal, and South East PoS humbled St Joseph's Convent
PoS 15-11, 15-9.
Following the semifinals on Tuesday, the losers will meet
for the third spot also on the same day while the winners
advance to the final on February 22.
Last year in the girls' finals St Joseph's Convent St Joseph
had it tough against Bishop Anstey High School before
prevailing 25-18, 25-21 to take the gold medals.
In the semifinals, St Joseph Convent St Joseph dumped Iere
High School and Bish-op Anstey High humbled host
International School PoS.
It was a clean sweep on the day for the St Joseph Convent
girls and their coach, for-mer T&T senior and youth women's
volleyball team coach Mac¬sood Ali as they al-so took home
the Under-14 and Un¬der-16 divisional crowns.