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
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
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
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
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.