Trinidad & Tobago Claims 7th.
with Win Over Costa Rica
Long Beach, California, May 12, 2012 – Trinidad & Tobago claimed
seventh place in the final NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic
Qualification Tournament following its 25-18, 25-23, 15-25,
25-22 victory over Costa Rica Saturday afternoon at the Walter
Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
Marc Honore led Trinidad & Tobago with 17 points, while captain
Nolan Tash chipped in 15 points. Costa Rica was paced by Richard
Smith Hall’s 28 points, followed by captain Pablo Zumbado’s 10
points. Trinidad & Tobago held a 13-8 advantage in blocks and a
slim 10-9 margin in aces.
“Definitely today I felt that the game was a lot more
competitive due to the leadership of the Costa Rica captain and
his players,” Trinidad & Tobago captain Nolan Tash said. “We
definitely wanted to finish in seventh position. They kept us
honest the entire game. On behalf of myself and my team, we are
grateful to be here and happy with the hospitality that was
shown to us. “
“Realistically speaking, coming into the tournament, we feel
like we could have come in at least fifth,” Tash added. “I think
we put ourselves in position to do that. But I think the greater
experience of the other teams kept us from achieving that goal.”
“Congratulations on a great tournament,” Costa Rica captain
Pablo Zumbado said. “It was a very intense tournament for both
teams. We both maintained a high level. It was important for us
to improve our level in this tournament, which we did. Now we’re
ready to take the next step. It’s important to watch the best
teams in the world and learn from them. Thank you to the local
organization - we have zero complaints and it was a very
“Costa Rica is improving and we are improving and NORCECA is
improving,” Trinidad & Tobago Coach Gideon Dickson said. “Both
teams probably need to play more at this level. We feel that the
Costa Ricans play from the heart and they have nothing to lose.
That’s why the match went four sets. Our team has grown in this
tournament because we had to compete every day. Hopefully the
next time we compete, we can beat some of these bigger teams.
The Long Beach hosts, to me, was one of the best NORCECA events
out there. Thanks to the tournament directors for a well-run
“We wanted to win the game,” Costa Rica Coach Cesar Salas said.
“We made many tactical adjustments to try to win. It’s of course
a shame to have not a won a match and it leaves a sour taste in
our mouth But we have learned a tremendous amount from this
tournament and from these great teams. It’s a great opportunity
to play against Trinidad and like other teams in this
tournament. That is something we need to work on. It was a great
experience and thank you to NORCECA and Long Beach.”