Costa Rica’s progress to the quarterfinal round of FIFA’s World Cup finals in Brazil when they beat Greece on Sunday was the celebratory sporting accomplishment for the Central American nation this past weekend, burying their disappointment at finishing fifth of the eight teams in their hosting of the Girls’ Under-18 NORCECA Continental Volleyball Championship.
And Trinidad and Tobago had some celebration of their own when they defeated World Cup football finalist nation Honduras in straight sets to finish in seventh place.
Trinidad and Tobago who concluded pool play as the highest ranked third place, earned their first victory in out-hitting the Hondurans 25-23, 26-24, 25-15 to finish the eight-team event with a 1-2 win-loss record while the Central Americans had a 1-3 mark.
Trinidad and Tobago were beaten first by Costa Rica and by Guatemala, the eventual sixth-placed finisher in the tournament that was won by the Dominican Republic with the United States second, Mexico third and Puerto Rico fourth.
On Saturday evening TT proved the superior team despite their disadvantage in errors of 36-27. TT were better in spikes by 32-17, in the blocking category by 10-4 and in services points by 7-5.
For Trinidad and Tobago, Captain Reann Young scored a tournament-high 19 points, with 16 kills and 2 service points and also with double digits were Kaylon Cruickshank with 16 points and Destiny Leon with 10.
Coach Macsood Ali of Trinidad and Tobago said after his side’s win “we knew Honduras plays similar as Guatemala and Costa Rica who we faced in the pool play round so we worked in making adjustments in our first passing and defense. It was a good match for the girls and Honduras performed well”.