GROS ISLET, St Lucia, May 27, 2016 - Trinidad & Tobago, Costa
Rica, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guatemala all advanced to the
semifinal s of the NORCECA Continental Cup Men’s Inter Zonal
Phase following a busy day at Pigeon Point beach on Friday.
The top six teams at the conclusion of the third round
competition towards the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games get spots
at the NORCECA Finals to be held in Mexico next month.
Trinidad and Tobago dominated St. Kitts and Nevis in three
straight games with the well oiled TNT unit showcasing their
experience with sound attacking ad defensive skills. The score
line never fazed St. Kitts and Nevis as they fought each and
The U.S Virgin Islands defeated local favorite St. Lucia with a
score of 3 games to 1. Both teams tussled in some intense play
as the experienced pairs traded points like a boxing match.
However team ISV persevered to victory.
Costa Rica endured a torrid task before they were able to win
the match against Jamaica in four sets. Team Jamaica played as
if there was no tomorrow, with good fundamental volleyball, but
the experienced Costa Ricans limited any potential Jamaica
In the final game of the day, Guatemala, withstood the attack of
an explosive team Curacao, with a score of 3 games to 1. Curacao
threw everything at their opposition but the playing experience
of the AFECAVOL member proved pivotal in helping them to remain
poised and focused on the mission at hand.
Devoid of team Nicaragua, the third round of the Continental Cup
got off to a rousing start, as host St. Lucia defeated El
Salvador in a thrilling Golden set match. The Golden set was
won by St. Lucia with a score of 15-8. The intra Zonal clash
witnessed El Salvador fighting tooth and nail but the
experienced tandem of St. Lucia’s Julian Bissette and Joseph
Clercent carried the home team to a hard fought victory.
In the second series of matches, Jamaica did not camouflage
their intentions as they defeated Suriname by winning three
consecutive matches. Jamaica’s high fliers were relentless in
their attack though it was temporarily stymied but they eventual
regained momentum. Jamaica’s team 1 consisting of Mark Lewis
and Ryck Webb ushered the wobbly team to victory.
CAZOVA stalwarts, Curacao and Barbados locked horns in a deep
battle. Curacao wrestled the victory from Barbados with a score
of 3-1. Elwyn Oxley and Ronald Rice of Barbados fought hard to
restrain team Curacao but it only delayed the inevitable.
Curacao tweaked their strategy and concluded their affairs with
Results Day One Friday
St Lucia 3, El Salvador 2
Carlos Escobar/David Vargas ESA-A d Tevin St Jean/Darnell
Eudoxie LCA-B 2-0 (22-20, 21-19), Julian Bissette/Joseph
Clercent LCA-A d Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala ESA-B 2-1
(18-21, 21-17, 15-9), Bissette/Clercent LCA-A d Escobar/Vargas
ESA-A 2-0 (21-13, 21-19), St Jean/Darnell LCA-B d
Flores/Guatemala ESA-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-13). Golden Set:
Bissette/Clercent d Flores/Guatemala 15-8.
Jamaica 3, Suriname 0
Mark Lewis/Ryck Webb JAM-A d Joshua Dwarkasing/Robertho Frits
Joval SUR-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-6), Christopher Walters/Triston
Hitchman JAM-B d Keven Sporkslede/Antoine Vliet SUR-A 2-1
(14-21, 23-21, 15-9), Lewis/Webb JAM-A d Sporkslede/Vliet 2-0
St Kitts & Nevis 3, Nicaragua 0
St Clair Hodge/Kemoroy Percival SKN-A d Denis Lopez/Gerson
Contreras NCA-B 2-0 (21-0, 21-0), Stedroy Collins/Rohan Jeffers
SKN-B d Ruben Mora/Dany Lopez NCA-A 2-0 (21-0, 21-0),
Hodge/Percival SKN-A d Mora/Lopez NCA-A 2-0 (21-0, 21-0),
Collins/Jeffers SKN-B d Lopez/Contreras NCA-B 2-0 (21-0, 21-0).
Curacao 3, Barbados 1
Darwin Colina/Norandy Bonafasia CUR-A d Daran Gill/Shaquille
Barker BAR-B 2-0 (21-10, 21-16), Elwin Oxley/Ronald Rice BAR-A d
Giandro Tokaay/Henrich Daal CUR-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-15), Colina/Bonafasia
CUR-A d Oxley/Rice BAR-A 2-0 (21-8, 21-8), Tokaay/Daal CUR-B d
Gill/Barker BAR-B 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-12).
U.S. Virgin Islands 3, St Lucia 1
Marc Lomeli/Jake Dietrich ISV-A d St Jean/Darnell LCA-B 2-0
(21-14, 22-20), Bissette/Clercent LCA-A d Brian Kwasny/Dillon
Lesniak ISV-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-18), Lomeli/Dietrich ISV-A d
Bissette/Clercent LCA-A 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 15-12), Kwasny/Lesniak
ISV-B d St Jean/Darnell LCA-B 2-0 (21-14, 21-12).
Costa Rica 3, Jamaica 1
Richard Smith/Sebastian Valenciano CRC-A d Walters/Hitchman
JAM-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-15), Lewis/Webb JAM-A d Bryan Monge/Granier
Escobar CRC-B 2-1 (22-24, 25-23, 15-8), Smith/Valenciano CRC-A d
Lewis/Webb JAM-A 2-0 (21-17, 21-16), Monge/Escobar CRC-B d
Walters/Hitchman JAM-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-17).
Trinidad & Tobago 3, St Kitts & Nevis 0
Simon Blake/Daneil Williams TRI-A d Collins/Jeffers SKN-B 2-0
(21-15, 21-10), Christian Francis/Colin Bernard TRI-B d
Hodge/Percival SKN-A 2-0 (21-17, 22-20), Blake/Williams TRI-A d
Hodge/Percival SKN-A 2-0 (21-9, 21-19).
Guatemala 3, Curacao 1
Erik Flores/Erick Garrido GUA-A d Tokaay/Daal CUR-B 2-0 (21-19,
21-12), Colina/Bonafasia CUR-A d Julio Recinos/Luis Garcia GUA-B
2-0 (23-21, 21-19), Flores/Garrido GUA-A d Colina/Bonafasia
CUR-A 2-0 (21-14, 21-19), Recinos/Garcia GUA-B d Tokaay/Daal
CUR-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-18).