T&T volleyball team easily defeated by US rivals

WINNIPEG, Canada, September 18, 2007 – Trinidad & Tobago’s Women’s National Volleyball Team were last evening whipped by the U.S. side in the opening match of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship.

The T&T side was overwhelmed 9-25-9, 7-25 and 6-25 in the opening match Monday afternoon in Winnipeg, Canada.

The U.S. opened all three sets with a quick advantage, leading 5-0 in the first set, 8-1 in the second set and 11-1 in the third set. Trinidad & Tobago managed to score back-to-back points only three times in the match.

Darlene Ramdin led Trinidad & Tobago with six points, all on kills, while Rheeza Grant and Carleen Williams added three points in the loss.

“Our focus was to concentrate on our side and keep (the) momentum going into the next two games by feeding off the hard work and fight that Trinidad gave in that match,” the US starter, Ah Mow-Santos, commented.

The U.S. continues into Pool B today against Mexico and will face the Dominican Republic tomorrow. CT Pool A and Pool B winners advance directly to the medal round starting on Sept. 21, while the second- and third-place teams compete in cross-over quarterfinals on Sept. 20. The gold medal match is scheduled for on Sept. 22.

The NORCECA Continental Championship will not only crown the top team among North American, Central American and Caribbean nations but likely qualify two teams into the FIVB World Cup held Nov. 2-16 in Japan. – Hardbeatnews.com