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Coach Morrison announces TTO Men’s Squad

 

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, July 3, 2017 - Glamorgan spiker, Ryan Stewart will lead T&T country's 12-member senior men's volleyball team in their quest for a third Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship crown in the last five outings next month.


This was confirmed by newly appointed T&T national men's coach and former player Sean Morrison following the conclusion off an intense three-day live-in camp at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva which ended on Sunday for the regional event at the nearby state-of-the-art National Cycling Centre, in Balmain, Couva, from July 4 to 9.


In addition to Stewart, who enjoyed a brief professional stint in France two years ago,  other regular members of the T&T  senior line-up selected in the squad are vice-captains, former Finland-based Akim Bushe and Joshua Mohammed and Brandon Legall.


Former national youth captain, Marlon "Waldo" Phillip and Daneil Williams, who will both represent T&T at the 2017 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championship in Austria at the end of July were also named to the roster along with former youth team players Enrique Harry, Mikheil Hoyte, Kwesi Daniel, Adriel Roberts and Kameron Donald.


Notable absentees for the host will be Simon Blake, the “Best Spiker” and “Most Valuable Player” award recipient when T&T last won on home soil two years ago, and Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore.


Blake will not take part in this year’s edition as he is currently sidelined by an FIVB ban for a failed drug test at a NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit Tournament while Honore is coming off an injury-prone season with Portugal A-1 champions, SL Benfica and did not participate in his team’s final, but should be available for the NORCECA Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, Denver (September 24-October 2), should T&T qualify.


Winners of two of the past three editions of the competition, T&T will face 2008 winner Martinique, Curacao and Jamaica in Pool E, while 2012 winner Bahamas, ten-time champions Barbados, Haiti and Suriname are in Pool D of the eight-team battle which also serves as the Second Round of CAZOVA 2018 FIVB World Championship Qualifiers and a qualifier to the NORCECA Continental Championship, where five berths to the 2018 FIVB World Championship in Bulgaria and Italy will be up-for-grabs at the competition.


Looking towards his pool matches, Morrison said he expects the overall competition to be tough.


"As champions and playing on home soil I expect all the teams will be coming to beat us and give off their best effort. So we have to be on our top game from the first day and take each opponent match and match."


At the NORCECA Continental Championship, the teams qualified to date are USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico.


They will be joined by the top two qualified teams from the tournaments of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) and CAZOVA plus Guatemala and Dominican Republic who qualified from the tournament held in AFECAVOL.