NORCECA is an acronym for North, Central America and the Caribbean.
After playing their usual fair game but finishing low-down among the 15/16 odd pairs in the Cayman Islands tour-opening first leg last month, both T&T men’s and women’s pairings again finished low in this past weekend’s second leg action in Guatemala.
Ayanna Dyette and Nancy Joseph who delighted at beating a Honduras pair in the opening leg before losing to pairs from the United States and the Cayman Islands, again chalked up a win in Guatemala before losing to the Americans and a Mexican duo.
The Dyette/Joseph match-up bettered Barbados’ twosome Shari Matthews and Anicia Wood 21-16, 21-19 but lost out 10-21, 9-21 to the Americans and 17-21, 14-21 to the Mexicans.
Tour regulations count two losses in opening-round play as the end of a team’s challenge in the competition.
Two United States pairs along with others from Costa Rica and Cuba were into the semifinal round of the Guatemala stage event.
The young, promising T&T men’s pair of Tevin Joseph and Tarandath Deonath were upstaged by Puerto Rican and Cayman Islands pairs in the Cayman and in Guatemala, the home team unit outplayed them in their 21-9, 21-9 loss.
The T&T two then defaulted against the United States with an injury to Joseph the reason.
The T&T players are staying in Guatemala to contest the May 7 to 12 NORCECA third of this year’s Tour 14 legs.
Trinidad and Tobago host the 14th leg in October with the Maracas Bay the likely venue.
The teams compete for points and prize money.