Defending champions T&T make auspicious start
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Defending champions
Trinidad and Tobago sounded a loud warning to their rivals in
the 2017 Round Two International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)
World Championship Qualifiers, when they pulverised Guadeloupe
3-0 in Group D action on Wednesday’s opening day of competition.
The tournament, comprising eight teams, is also the Caribbean
Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship and all games
are being played at the National Indoor Sports Centre,
Independence Park Sports Complex.
In a very authoritative display, the Trinidad and Tobago team
blasted out of the blocks to pulverise the French-speaking
Caribbean territory 25-8 in the first set, which lasted a mere
Despite improvements by their rivals, Trinidad and Tobago wasted
little time and effort as they maintained high standards on the
way to closing out the match 25-17, 25-14 at the National Indoor
Sports Centre, Independence Park Complex.
Channon Thompson led the scoring for T&T with 13 points, while
Krystle Esdelle (12), Sinead Jack (10) and Darlene Ramdin (8)
were the other leading contributors.
Esdelle and Ramdin were particularly efficient at the net,
slamming in nine and seven kills, respectively.
Sandra Ramier was the highest scorer for Guadeloupe, winning
Otherwise, statistical comparisons were basically non-existent
and Trinidad and Tobago thundered home a massive 75 winners,
while their opponents could only muster 39 in the one-way
“Overall, I’m satisfied with the performance,” said Nicholson
Drakes, head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago team. “We still
have one or two errors to clean up, one or two things to make
sure we’re on top of.”
Trinidad and Tobago have already qualified for the Third Round
of the CAZOVA World Cup Qualifiers and they will host one of the
Nicholson said Wednesday’s match presented the luxury of resting
“I knew the level of the opposition, so I took the opportunity
to introduce some other players and rest others,” he said.
“We’re taking it step by step in stages and looking at what we
need to deal with, what we need to implement and as the
tournament continues we’ll look to make the necessary
adjustments,” added Nicholson.