Trinidad & Tobago
Advances to 5th Place Match
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado USA
(Sept. 30, 2017) –
Trinidad & Tobago dealt Martinique at 25-20,
25-23, 25-19 loss on Saturday evening in the NORCECA Men’s
Continental Championship Classification 5-8 match held in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Trinidad & Tobago opposite
Ryan Stewart contributed 15 points in the victory, while middle
blocker Marc Honore pocketed 13 points with a team-best four
blocks. Outside hitter Brandon Legall added 12 points, including
a match-high five aces.
Martinique outside hitter
Joann Breleur turned in eight points, while outside hitters
David Lefaivre and Rodrigue Larcher tacked on seven points each.
Trinidad & Tobago held margins
of 8-2 in blocks, 6-4 in aces and 36-31 in kills. Both teams
committed 25 errors in the match.
Trinidad & Tobago now advances
to Sunday’s fifth-place match against Guatemala at 4 p.m. MT in
Sports Center II. Martinique will now play for seventh place
against Costa Rica on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Sports Center II.
The NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship is a qualification tournament into the 2018 FIVB
World Championship. The top three teams in the 10-team field
earn berths into the World Championship, while the top two teams
in a second NORCECA qualifier held later this fall round out
NORCECA’s five vacancies into the world event.
Martinique Coach Eddy Erialc:
“We do not know yet which team we will play for seventh place,
but in this match Trinidad was much better because we made too
Martinique Captain David
Lefaivre: “Today we didn’t manage to win. But tomorrow we will
try to forget our loss today and do all our best.”
Trinidad & Tobago Coach Sean
Morrison: “Our goals for the match was to just to stick to our
goals. Martinique is a strong team in their attack. We wanted to
be consistent in our silver and black. It feels good for us (to
win). Our first goal coming into the tournament was to finish in
the top five, and we have put ourselves to be in a position to
be in the top five.”
Trinidad & Tobago Captain Ryan
Stewart: “Just going into the match focused, minimize our
unforced errors and play as a team was how we went into this
match. Tomorrow we will play Guatemala for fifth-sixth place.
Tomorrow we want the guys to go into the match confident, be
positive, win one point at a time and let’s just play