Honore, Caceres power Technocrats past SEPoS


ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, May 29, 2013: Portugal-based T&T professional Marc-Anthony Honore and Dominican Republic's Jose Caceres tallied ten points each as Technocrats made a winning start to wrest the men's title from Glamorgan with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-17) win over BIG South East Port-of-Spain (SEPoS) in their four-team opener of the Second Caribbean Volleyball League.


This was in the first of four matches on the opening day of  the five-day tournament hosted by the the T&T Volleyball Federation at the University of the West Indies, Sports and Physical Educational Centre (UWI SPEC), St Augustine, Wednesday.


In addition to Honore, who had six kills and four blocks in his points tally and Caceres, with four blocks in his total, Elvin Contreras, another Dominican Republic invitee added nine points, laced with eight kills in the 70th minute win, the first of the five-day tournament hosted by the T&T Volleyball Federation with the support of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA).


Overall it was a solid team effort by Technocrats, which was beaten in the final by Glamorgan in five sets last year, with T&T internationals, Kevin Nimrod (five points), club captain Sean Morrison (three) and Barbadian, Dale Addison, (three) all chipping in to help in t5he 28-20 advantage on spikes, and 10-4 on blocks, while they trailed on service aces, 3-4.


SEPoS, which showed signs of a lack of team chemistry on the floor, due to the late arrival of their overseas contingent was led by national and club captain, Nolan Tash who had a match high 11 points, ten of which were kills.


The trio of Suriname's Gino Naarden (five points), Barbadian Fabian Cox (four) and local player, Ashton De Murrell (four) were the other main contributors for SEPoS.


In the other men's match on Wednesday, USA's Jordan Du Fault had 16 kills and two blocks in his match-high 18 points to lead defending champions, Glamorgan to a come-from-behind 27-29, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 victory over debutants Toco Youths, in one hour, 31 minutes, the longest match of the day.


Bahamian Byron Ferguson added eight, and Ryan Stewart and Jamaican, Dellan Brown six points each in the win for Glamorgan who made full use of their opponents 56 errors after being dominated 43-38 on blocks and 9-6 on blocks.


St Lucian Joseph Clercent was Toco's top scorer with 17 points, inclusive of 14 kills and three blocks while Pureto Rico's Pablo Guzman got ten, Daneil Williams eight and Simon Blake and Guyana's Quacy Matherson, six each.


Last year in the men’s decider, Glamorgan battled past 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.


Thursday, two matches are carded in the men’s four-team competition with Technocrats facing Toco Youths at 2pm and Glamorgan tangles with SEPoS.


On Friday, the final round of preliminary matches, BIG SEPoS meets Toco Youths from 12 noon and Technocrats and Glamorgan do battle in a repeat of last year's title-match from 8pm in the men.


At the end of round-robin series, the four teams will then contest a semifinal with first playing fourth and second meeting third on Saturday, ahead of Sunday's third placed and gold medal playoffs.