Tucker-Willoughby leads Glamorgan past UTT


ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, May 31, 2013: USA’s Kim Willoughby-Tucker was the lone player in double-figure scoring as Glamorgan ended as the top seed in the Women’s Division of  the Caribbean Volleyball League after beating defending champion, University of T&T, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20 in their final round-robin match at the University of the West Indies, Sports and Physical Educational Centre (UWI SPEC), St Augustine, on Friday.


Going into the match, both UTT and Glamorgan had 2-0 marks after victories against New Arising Sports Company and Technocrats in their two other matches, and were keen on staying perfect ahead of Saturday’s semifinals.


In the end, Willoughby-Tucker’s 19 kills and four aces proved very crucial to her team’s triumph in one hour, 29 minutes via a balance attack which also saw Benavia Jenkins and Gwendolyn Rucker, both from the USA also, and T&T’s Finland-based Darlene Ramdin getting nine points each and Spain-based Barbadian, Anicia Wood, seven.


The national senior trio of Channon Thompson with 22 points, 21 of which were kills; captain Krystle Esdelle with and Sinead Jack with nine were the main scorers for UTT, which was dominated on spikes, 34-49 but feared a little better on blocks, 8-10 and service aces, 7-12,


With the win, Glamorgan ended the four-team round-robin with a 3-0 mark and meets New Arising Sports Company (0-3), in one of two semifinals on Saturday, while UTT (2-1) and Technocrats (1-2) face off in the other.


Technocrats got its first win when it swept past NASC 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 in 61 minutes in Friday’s opening women’s match.


For the winners’ national women’s team player Andrea Kinsale top scored with 11 points, comprising eight kills while Curacao's Christine Anthony and another T&T national team player, USA-based Samantha Prescott got nine each.


Following Saturday’s semifinal, the winners meet on Sunday in the winner-take-all US$5,000 final while the loser meet for third.


Last year in the women’s final national senior women’s team captain Krystle Esdelle was voted as the "Most Valuable Player" of the tournament after she led the UTT past Glamorgan 27-29, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 17-15 in a very entertaining final.