Trinidad & Tobago claims second victory


ROSARITO, Mexico, June 19, 2010 - Trinidad and Tobago defeated Costa Rica 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-21) to claim its second victory in the preliminary round of the Pan American Volleyball Cup.


The Trinidadians benefited from the explosive offense by Captain Krystle Esdelle and Kelly-Anne Billingy, who both finished with 21 points. Costa Rican Verania Willis had a match-high 23 points.


“We had a goal and that goal was to come here and play united as a team, and after four years coming to this tournament we feel stronger”, said Esdelle.


Coach Francisco Cruz said the victory was as special as the one they got one day earlier against Mexico.


“After many difficulties to train regularly in Trinidad I have found these players with natural biotype,” Cruz said. “They just need to improve the technical stuff, but I am proud of the way we have grown up together”


Costa Rica suffered the loss of middle blocker Paola Ramirez with an ankle injury in the first set.


“This was very serious because we lost our most experienced center and had to work with two young players to solve that situation”, said Costa Rica’s Braulio Godínez.