Trinidad & Tobago make strong start in St Lucia                                         



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 every point. 


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 comeback. 


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 Barbados.


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 (21-18, 21-16).


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).