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T&T falls to Mexico in final Qualifier

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Host T&T had to settle for the silver medals after the Third Round of the 2018 FIVB World Championship qualification and the NORCECA Continental Women’s Pool C Qualifiers at the National Cycling Centre, in Couva on Sunday night. This after the ‘Calypso Spikers’ had guaranteed themselves qualification to next year’s 24-team World Championship in Japan. T&T went under to Mexico in its deciding match 21-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 9-15.

The Mexicans have now qualified for an eighth World championship appearance while T&T will be making its first appearance, and is the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to do so. T&T will also be the lone debutants at next year’s tournament.

With a chance to avenge a loss to Mexico from the 2014 FIVB World Championship qualifiers, the Krystle Esdelle-led T&T women started brightly only to falter when it mattered most due to costly errors in the first two sets and the attacking play of Mexico’s Samantha Bricio, Dulce Carranza and Xitlali Herrera.
However, powered by the European-based trio of France-based Channon Thompson, Sinead Jack (Turkey) and Esdelle (Greece) as well as Darlene Ramdin (Phillipines), the locals roared back to take the third and fourth sets to set up a deciding fifth set, where a slow start proved a stumbling block.

In the end, Thompson ended with a match-high 24 points, laced with 20 spikes, two blocks and two aces while Ramdin tallied 15 all on kills, and Esdelle and Jack, 12 each.

For Mexico, Bricio had a team-high 23 points, which included 19 kills and three aces, Carranza scored 19 points, including 14 kills and four blocks, and Herrera contributed 18. Overall, both teams were evenly matched in attacked with 55 s

pikes each, while

Mexico led 13-8 on blocks, and T&T, 6-5 on aces.Mexico also benefited from 37 opponent errors and committed 33. Commenting after the match, Esdelle while disappointed with the loss instead focussed on the positives of the team for the year,.

She said, “We’ve accomplished a lot this year. Fighting as we did tonight means we have moved a step further. We used to think about beating Costa Rica as a goal and know our goal will be to beat Mexico; it was an exciting final match”.

T&T’s Cuban-born coach, Francisco Cruz added, “We proved tonight that our team and sport is worth investing in.

Volleyball is the only sport that qualified to world’s this year; funding should come to us. Our improvement has been so much with so little support; imagine what we can accomplish with more money. I am positive we could have won tonight, but we failed too many serves and some players weren’t concentrated enough.”

In Sunday’s first match, Costa Rica finished third place after defeating Dominica 25-14, 25-13, 25-13. Over in Santo Domingo, host Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 26-24, 25-21, 25-15 to conclude Group A Qualification with a 3-0 record after both teams had already qualified to the Championship.

And in the other match Guatemala prevailed over Jamaica 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 for third place.

The four teams to qualify this weekend now completes NORCECA’s representatives in Japan with Canada and Cuba having qualified from Pool B at the start of the month while USA, winners of the last FIVB World Championship qualified automatically .

The final qualifiers will be know after the South America qualifier in Argentina this weekend.

The other countries qualified are Japan, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Azerbaijan, Germany, Netherlands and Bulgaria from Europe, Brazil advanced from South America, while China, Kazakhstan, Korea and Thailand made it through the Asian qualifiers, and Kenya and Cameroon secured the African tickets on Friday evening in Yaounde.Host T&T had to settle for the silver medals after the Third Round of the 2018 FIVB World Championship qualification and the NORCECA Continental Women’s Pool C Qualifiers at the National Cycling Centre, in Couva on Sunday night. This after the ‘Calypso Spikers’ had guaranteed themselves qualification to next year’s 24-team World Championship in Japan. T&T went under to Mexico in its deciding match 21-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 9-15.

The Mexicans have now qualified for an eighth World championship appearance while T&T will be making its first appearance, and is the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to do so. T&T will also be the lone debutants at next year’s tournament.

With a chance to avenge a loss to Mexico from the 2014 FIVB World Championship qualifiers, the Krystle Esdelle-led T&T women started brightly only to falter when it mattered most due to costly errors in the first two sets and the attacking play of Mexico’s Samantha Bricio, Dulce Carranza and Xitlali Herrera.

However, powered by the European-based trio of France-based Channon Thompson, Sinead Jack (Turkey) and Esdelle (Greece) as well as Darlene Ramdin (Phillipines), the locals roared back to take the third and fourth sets to set up a deciding fifth set, where a slow start proved a stumbling block.

In the end, Thompson ended with a match-high 24 points, laced with 20 spikes, two blocks and two aces while Ramdin tallied 15 all on kills, and Esdelle and Jack, 12 each.

For Mexico, Bricio had a team-high 23 points, which included 19 kills and three aces, Carranza scored 19 points, including 14 kills and four blocks, and Herrera contributed 18. Overall, both teams were evenly matched in attacked with 55 spikes each, while
Mexico led 13-8 on blocks, and T&T, 6-5 on aces.

Mexico also benefited from 37 opponent errors and committed 33. Commenting after the match, Esdelle while disappointed with the loss instead focussed on the positives of the team for the year,.

She said, “We’ve accomplished a lot this year. Fighting as we did tonight means we have moved a step further. We used to think about beating Costa Rica as a goal and know our goal will be to beat Mexico; it was an exciting final match”.

T&T’s Cuban-born coach, Francisco Cruz added, “We proved tonight that our team and sport is worth investing in.

Volleyball is the only sport that qualified to world’s this year; funding should come to us. Our improvement has been so much with so little support; imagine what we can accomplish with more money. I am positive we could have won tonight, but we failed too many serves and some players weren’t concentrated enough.”

In Sunday’s first match, Costa Rica finished third place after defeating Dominica 25-14, 25-13, 25-13. Over in Santo Domingo, host Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 26-24, 25-21, 25-15 to conclude Group A Qualification with a 3-0 record after both teams had already qualified to the Championship.

And in the other match Guatemala prevailed over Jamaica 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 for third place.

The four teams to qualify this weekend now completes NORCECA’s representatives in Japan with Canada and Cuba having qualified from Pool B at the start of the month while USA, winners of the last FIVB World Championship qualified automatically .

The final qualifiers will be know after the South America qualifier in Argentina this weekend.

The other countries qualified are Japan, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Azerbaijan, Germany, Netherlands and Bulgaria from Europe, Brazil advanced from South America, while China, Kazakhstan, Korea and Thailand made it through the Asian qualifiers, and Kenya and Cameroon secured the African tickets on Friday evening in Yaounde.