Trinidad and Tobago are not having the best of times in international volleyball as their women’s team without top-notch player Kelly Ann-Billingy and a couple others have lost both their matches so far in the Pan American Cup tournament taking place in Mexico.
In addition, TT’s men’s beach volleyball pair of Tevin Joseph and Tarandath Deonath are winless in all four matches in the International Volleyball Federation’s Under-23 World Championships in Poland.
The TT pair have a last match in Pool B today against the twosome from Kazakhstan today. They have been beaten in two sets by pairs from Puerto Rico, Austria, Brazil and Ukraine.
Canada last night battled to claim their second victory in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup in defeating a resilient Trinidad & Tobago 25-23, 25-14, 26-24.
The victory earned Canada a share of first place in the pool tied with Dominican Republic, winners over Cuba in four sets earlier in the day.
The TT loss followed Wednesday’s opening defeat against the Dominican Republic who won in a lopsided match (25-12, 25-11, 25-16).
TT face Peru today and Cuba tomorrow to close their campaign.
TT coach Francisco Cruz said after last night’s match “We played a lot better than yesterday, especially with our pass.That’s our biggest challenge to take the next step as a team, to improve our passing.”
And TT team captian Krystle Esdelle said “Canada played steadier than us, we had many ups and downs. They train more than we do. I think we played a very good match.”
MEANWHILE Trinidad and Tobago has been confirmed as hosts to the NORCECA Playoffs towards the Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 from July 14-21.
Besides Trinidad and Tobago, the other participating teams will be Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
They qualified as second place finishers in the confederation’s third round qualification tournaments held last month.
The winner of the round robin competition gets the last of the six tickets granted to NORCECA Confederation to the World event to be held in six different Italian cities from September 23 to October 12.
The five NORCECA women’s teams already qualified to the quadrennial world event are Cuba, Dominican Republic, United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.