TTO's Drakes expects 'good game' from Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 30, 2017 - Trinidad and Tobago’s
assistant coach, Nicholson Drakes, is looking forward to a good
challenge from Jamaica when the team’s clash in the final of the
2017 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (CAZOVA) Women’s Championship at the National Indoor
Sports Centre, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
“We’re expecting a good game tomorrow from Jamaica, very
tactical,” said Drakes, as he watched Jamaica close out a
first-set win over Guadeloupe in their semi-final on Sunday
Drakes’ team, the defending champions, had earlier sealed their
spot in the final with a 3-1 win over Suriname.
It was the first time since the start of the tournament that the
Trinidadians had dropped a set and Drakes said there was a
lesson to be learnt.
“Every day is a work in progress. Every team has a different
strategy so we need to be able to work with it to be successful
in every game we play,” he noted.
“The players need to be on top of their game, they need to come
to their level and be on top all the time. This will boost your
confidence. However, like today when you lose a set, it happens
to let them know that you could lose a set,” he reasoned.
“However, how you recover and be able to come back up is most
important because you will never always be on top, sometimes
you’ll be down and you’ve to get yourself up to be able to
maintain your level and stay on top.”
The win enabled Trinidad and Tobago to stay on course to
retaining their crown in the championship, which also serves as
the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Second Round
World Championship Qualifiers.
Trinidad and Tobago were already assured a Third Round Worlds
qualifying spot coming into the tournament and Drakes said
practice matches will be key to their preparation.
“This is the second phase of the World Championship
qualification. This now will enable us to have more match
practice, we need to be able to invite some teams to have more
match practice because we need more match practice for when we
got to the third phase,” he outlined.
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
Six teams – the top two from each group – will advance to the
2018 World Championship, that will run from September 29 to