T&T outclass Jamaica to successfully defend crown
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 31, 2017 - Trinidad and Tobago
thoroughly outclassed Jamaica to record an easy 3-0 victory in
the final, as they successfully defended their title in the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Women’s
Championship here at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Monday
The Trinidadians were on top of their game from the get-go and
never allowed the hosts to settle as they raced to an
uncomplicated 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 sweep.
Nicholson Drakes, Trinidad and Tobago’s head coach, said they
did their homework on the Jamaica team.
“I’m satisfied,” he said. “We were doing a lot of future
training in preparation for playing Jamaica because we looked at
Jamaica as the team we’d be playing in the final. We’re
accustomed to playing Suriname so we know their style in
volleyball, so we tried different things in that game to see
exactly how it would work, we knew exactly what we were going to
do against Jamaica.”
As reflected in the scoreline, which stunned the home team and
its crowd, the victors dominated in every facet of the game,
beginning with the serves.
For the most part, Jamaica’s libero, Cherie Thompson, could not
handle the serves, especially those from Sinead Jack, Darlene
Ramdin and Krystle Esdelle, whose team at one point in the first
set scored 10 unanswered points off serves from Esdelle.
“We utilised most of all our strong points which were they
serve, the block, to be able to do the complex part and get the
right people to hit the ball, it’s not about just placing the
ball to anybody,” Drakes analysed.
He added: “We were expecting more fight though. All the best to
Jamaica in the future.”
The fact that the Jamaicans were not returning serve well threw
their entire game off platform as they were never able to get
the ball comfortably up to the net for the setter to line up the
This was the complete opposite for Trinidad and Tobago, as
Aleisha Olton gave her team control with well-balanced digs up
to the front of the net, where the setter was able to position
the ball nicely for their hitters to get some clean, sweet hits.
Krystle and Channon Thompson capitalised most to lead the
scoring as Trinidad and Tobago rained down 39 kills in the
swiftly earned 75 points. Krystle had 10 kills in 14 points,
while Thompson accounted for eight in her 11 points.
Ramdin, with 10 points and Jack, who scored nine, also bombed in
their fair share of kills in a one-sided affair.
In fact, many of the points won by Jamaica came off Trinidad and
Tobago’s own default as they tallied a relatively high 22 errors
in the lightning quick win.
The fact that the error count was marginal, in that Jamaica
accumulated 24, made little difference because their inability
to take control of the game while receiving serve meant on the
vast majority of occasions they could not set up for a spike.
When they did, they kills were long deemed ineffective as they
had to hit from close to the centre of the court, which enabled
Trinidad and Tobago to snuff out the tries with some easy
blocks. In total, they registered 24 blocks.
Other important statistics were as lopsided as they score, with
Jamaica only registering five points off blocks and nine kills.
Breanna Atkinson, who returned to the final after missing the
semis with an injury, registered four kills and Sashalee Thomas
got two in woeful scoring numbers. Atkinson led with five
points, Tahleia Bishop got four and Thomas three.
“We just didn’t play today, we didn’t turn up to play today. We
thought that just doing the minimum would get us by and that
doesn’t happen when you’re playing a team that has more
experience playing at the higher level and a lot of other things
in place to help them to play better, which we don’t have,
resources that we don’t have and the association doesn’t have as
well,” observed Ricardo Chong, head coach of the Jamaica team.
This tournament also served as the International Volleyball
Association (FIVB) Round Two World Championship Qualifier.
Trinidad and Tobago were already assured one of the spots, while
Jamaica, based on their placing, claimed the other.
Including Trinidad and Tobago, the crucial FIVB Round Three
elimination will be hosted by three countries later this year,
with each being a four-team tournament. The first will be staged
in Canada from September 26-30; Trinidad and Tobago will host
the second from October 4-9; while the third will be held in the
Dominican Republic from October 11-16.
Six teams – the top two from each group – will advance to the
2018 World Championship, that will run from September 29 to