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,
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
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.