Trinidad and Tobago Under-23 men’s volleyball team dropped to their second defeat in as many matches in the Age-Group’s Pan American Cup Championship in Cuba last night, beaten in straight sets 12-25, 25-27, 14-25 by the Dominican Republic who were winning for the second time also in as many matches in the six-nation competition.
And in Colombia, only five of the 19 players representing Trinidad and Tobago in the October 4 to 8th Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championship are in top ten positions with three rounds play to go.
After losing to hosts and favourites Cuba on Sunday night 14-25, 12-25, 10-25, the relatively inexperienced TT v-ball team, put in a solid second-game challenge but were still too error-prone, committing 34 to 25 by the Dominicans.
The winners led in spikes (30-18) and services (8-3) but not in blocks as both teams tallied five points.
TT team captain, Brandon Legall tallied 12 points in a fine individual effort.
TT’s Under-16 chess champion and a FIDE candidate master Joshua Johnson is best-placed of the 19 TT players competing in the CAC Age-Group event in Colombia.
Johnson is second of the 27 players in his age-group. Shannon Yearwood, sixth of 21 in the Girls UNder 14, Isaiah McIntosh, 7th of 45 among the Boys Under 14, Under-12 TT Girls champion Shemilah James, ninth of 20 and Under-14 TT Girls champion and FIDE Woman Candidate Master Gabriella Johnson also ninth of 21 are the others holding Top Ten rankings heading towards the last three rounds.