Cruz, Esdelle confident of winning again
ST CROIX, Virgin Islands, July 22, 2012 – Trinidad &Tobago
senior women’s volleyball coach Francisco Cruz and team captain
Krystle Esdelle have both expressed their confidence in the
“Calypso Spikers” chances of making it a beaver-trick of titles
when the 14th Senior Women’s Caribbean Zonal
Volleyball Association Championship (CAZOVA) serves off on
The six-day tournament involving six-teams will take place at
the Richard “Ranchee” Charles Gymnasium, Kingshill, St Croix ,
US Virgin Islands until Sunday.
T&T, the three-time defending champion and four-time winner
overall, the first being in 1996 in St Croix under the
leadership of deceased Maria Lera, will compete in Pool A with
six-time champion Barbados (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002)
and Guadeloupe while host USVI will contest Pool B alongside
two-time winner Bahamas and Jamaica.
At the end of the round-robin series the top team in each group
will qualify automatically for the semifinals carded for
Saturday while the second and third placed teams will play in
cross-over quarterfinals to determine the two other
Speaking on arrival in St Croix yesterday (on Monday) via Miami
from its tenth place finish at the 11th Women’s Pan
American Cup in Juarez , Mexico , the Cuban-born Cruz who has
been in charge of the women’s team since 2006 said, “We came
here to defend our position as the top team in CAZOVA, we have
no other option.
“The players are understandably tired from competing in Mexico
and most of them are also carrying injuries but we have no other
choice but to retain our crown as this tournament only allows
the winner to qualify to compete at the NORCECA level.
“As a team we have to win tournament like these to get the
exposure at the NORCECA level because we want to qualify for the
World Championships in 2014.
“But to get to 2014 we need to win here first and all the girls
are very focused on the job at hand,, ended Cruz who has led the
team to the past three CAZOVA titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Esdelle added, “As a team we don’t know what to expect from the
other teams because from 2010 to now most of them had made a
number of changes so we will be taking it match by match and not
look past any team.
“We are now coming off some good performances at the Pan
American Cup and while some of us are carrying some niggling
injuries we are very excited and ready to go out and represent
our country and retain our title.
“We are not over confident as we know that the matches are won
on the court but at the same time we believe in ourselves as a
team and know what we can achieve.
Today (Tuesday) when the tournament starts, T&T will have a much
needed day off as Barbados and Guadeloupe serves thing off from
6.30pm while host USVI comes up against Bahamas two hours later.