Trinidad and Tobago earn first place with unbeaten record
Paramaribo, Suriname, September 2, 2012 – Trinidad and Tobago
brushed aside Guadeloupe in straight sets (25-6, 25-14, 25-13)
to claim first place in the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship
Qualification Tournament NORCECA Group A on Sunday night.
The five-time Caribbean champions and pre-tournament favorites
as the eighth-ranked NORCECA team demolished the opposition in
just 59 minutes.
Both teams were assured of advancing to next year’s second round
of tournaments towards the women’s world championship to be held
Channon Thompson led three players of Trinidad and Tobago who
finished with double digits in the scores with 13 points.
Krystle Esdelle and Kelly-Anne Billingy contributed 11 and 10
points respectively in the victory.
Trinidad and Tobago held an overwhelming advantage of 13-2 in
the aces category with Billingy and Sined Jack registering five
apiece. The winners also had the margin in blocks 6-4.
Guadeloupe’s Natacha Clairville notched six points in the losing
Esdelle stated her team was by far more focus for this match
than any of its previous matches in the group and were also
prepared for a tough fight.
"We know Guadeloupe is a very determined team and never gives up
so we planned for a tough encounter and wanted to come out very
aggressive and stamp our authority which we did.
Francisco Cruz, T&T's coach said he was pleased that his team
achieved its objective which was to win the group. "It was our
only option," he added.
"Today we were focused and limited our mistakes but we still
need to work harder and train a lot more to compete against the
top teams at the next level."