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Contreras, Caceres lead Technocrats to to spot

 

ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, May 31, 2013: Dominican Republic duo, Elvis Contreras and Jose Caceres combined for 50 points to lead defending Men’s Division champions, Technocrats to a battling 25-19,25-16, 21-25, 25-16 win over Glamorgan in the final round-robin match  of the Caribbean Volleyball League at the University of the West Indies, Sports and Physical Educational Centre (UWI SPEC), St Augustine, on Friday.

 

Both teams entered the match with 2-0 records after wins over BIG South East Port-of-Spain (SEPoS) and Toco Youths in their previous matches and were eager to enter the semifinal stage with the unbeaten record in tack.

 

However, Technocrats, was the one to come out on top with Contreras leading all scorers with 27 points, inclusive of 22 kills and five blocks while Caceres, had 23 points, comprising of 15 kills, six blocks and two aces in the 92 minutes contest.

 

Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore also had another solid outing as he chip in with 11 points, eight of which were blocks while Barbadian veteran, Dale Addison added seven and club captain, Sean Morrison, six for the winners who held a comfortable 48-34 edge on spikes and 22-9 on blocks.

 

Glamorgan was led for the third straight match by USA’s Jordan Du Fault with 19 points, made up of 15 kills, three blocks and one service ace while Ryan Stewart got 15, 12 of which were spikes, and two aces.

 

On Saturday in the semifinals, Technocrats with its 3-0 records faces the cellar-placed team in the round-robin, BIG SEPoS while Glamorgan and Toco Youths, second and third on the four-team standings respectively meet in the other semifinal.

 

This after Toco battled past BIG SEPoS 30-28, 26-24, 24-26, 25-23 in two hours, 13 minutes in Friday’s first men’s match.

 

Puerto Rican Pablo Guzman continued his rich form for Toco with 18 points, highlighted by 16 kills and two aces while Simon Blake tallied four aces in his 13 points, and the duo of St Lucian Joseph Clercent and Colin Bernard, 12 apiece.

 

Bernard and Daniel Williams also had six blocks each  while Blake served up four aces for the winners who were more efficient in the spiking 47-40, blocking 14-2 and serving 9-3.

 

SEPoS got a team-high 14 points from Suriname’s Keven Sporkslede while his compatriot Gino Naarden added 12, and veteran T&T captain, Nolan Tash, nine.  

 

Following Saturday’s semifinal, the winners will meet in the winner-take-all US$5,000 final on Sunday while the losers meet for third. 

 

Last year in the men’s decider, Glamorgan outlasted Technocrats 26-24, 28-30, 18-25, 31-29, 16-14 inspired by the athleticism of guest player Germany's Sebastian Haehner, the men's tournament "Most Valuable Player" award winner and libero Jamaal Ferguson of Bahamas. However, both men and absent from this year’s tournament.