UTT survives five-set Glamorgan test
Port of Spain, Trinidad - The University of T&T (UTT) women’s
team served off the defence of its Caribbean Invitational
Volleyball League title with an entertaining five set win over
main rivals Glamorgan in the final match on the first day of
competition at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.
Led by Germany-based national captain Krystle Esdelle (Club
Schweriner) and Poland-based duo Sinead Jack (AZS Bialystock)
and Channon Thompson (AZS Bialystock), the UTT women took the
encounter 25-23, 29-31, 25-21, 23-25, 15-12 in two hours, 37
As the result would show, the outcome was no walkover for UTT as
Glamorgan which featured Åmerican pair, Andrea Justine Landi and
Jessica Yanz along with Christine Anthony (Curacao), Lecia Brown
(Jamaica) and Shari Matthews (Barbados) showed enough quality to
pull off the upset but could not complete the job against a well
Earlier in the day, Technocrats led by France-based national
spiker Kelly-Anne Billingy and the overseas trio of Kamille
Dwyer (Jamaica), Cherine Richards (Jamaica) and Janice Valies
(Suriname) outgunned the Rachael Walters-captained Defence Force
and its trio of international’s Carla Rudea (Peru), Mannika
Charles (USVI) and Nakini Thompson (Suriname) 25-23, 25-15, 25-7
in one hour, 21 minutes.
In the men’s Open, both Glamorgan and Technocrats battled to
five-sets victories over BIG South East Port-of-Spain and
Defence Force respectively.
First up, Glamorgan men led by national setter, Saleem Ali and
boosted by the inclusion of Dellan Brown (Jamiaca), Byron
Ferguson (Bahamas), Jamaal Ferguson (Bahamas) and Shedrick
Forbes (Bahamas) outlasted SEPoS 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 28-30,
15-13 in two hours, 14 minutes.
The SEPoS line-up led by national captain Nolan Tash and three
other T&T national players on in roster also featured
Barbadians, Fabien Cox and Allian London as well as Jamaica’s
Technocrats with T&T’s lone men’s professional player,
Marc-Anthony Honore in its ranks along with his national
team-mates Sean Morrison, Simon Blake, Kevin Nimrod and Ryan
Mahadeo, Jamaican pair of Ricardo Chong and Delford Morgan as
well as Barbadian, Dale Addison edged past a determined Defence
Force 25-16, 25-27, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9 in two hours, 16 minutes.
Among the guest players for Defence Force which is captained by
Christian Francois are Bahamian trio Ronaldo Knowles, Tony Simon
and Prince Wilson.
The tournament which forms part of the T&T Volleyball Federation
(T&TVF) 50th anniversary celebrations is being hosted by the
local body with the support of the Federation International
Volleyball (FIVB) and the Government of T&T.
At the end of today’s round-robin series, the top team will face
the fourth placed team and the second and third placed clubs
will meet in semifinals ahead of Sunday’s third place and
finals. The winners will collect, US$5,000 each.
Caribbean Invitational Volleyball League results:
Technocrats bt Defence Force 25-23, 25-15, 25-7
UTT vs Glamorgan 25-23, 29-31, 25-21, 23-25, 15-12.
Glamorgan bt BIG SEPoS 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 28-30, 15-13
Technocrats bt Defence Force 25-16, 25-27, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9