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Trinidad & Tobago grabs ticket to third round

Trinidad & Tobago scored two victories at home on Saturday to book a spot in next year's third round of tournaments towards the women's world championship

St Augustine, Trinidad, May 25, 2013 – Hosts Trinidad & Tobago secured a spot in NORCECA Third Round of Qualification Tournaments towards the FIVB 2014 Women’s World Championship in Italy as they became one of the finalists of the Group I on Saturday at the University of the West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre.

The home team grabbed two victories over Barbados and Honduras, both of which have 1-1 win-loss record and meet on Sunday morning for the other ticket to the finals and the third phase of next year.

Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados
Finland-based Darlene Ramdin led four players in double-digits as host Trinidad & Tobago sounded an early warning to all opponents with a straight-set win (25-12, 25-6, 26-24) over rivals Barbados. Ramdin tallied 16 points, including three aces while Poland-based players, Krystle Esdelle added 13 points and Channon Thompson had 11. For Barbados, Shari Matthews and Rhe-Ann Niles each got eight points.

Honduras v Anguilla
Team captain Tessa Michelle Flores and her sister Dariana Flores combined for 23 points to lead Honduras to an easy 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-11) win in 62 minutes over Anguilla. Tessa ended with a match-high 13 points, all kills while Dariana had nine kills in her tally of ten points for the Hondurans. Anguilla got a team-high 12 points from captain, Susan Webster.

Barbados v Anguilla
Anicia Wood had a match-high 11 points as Barbados rebounded from its opening loss to Trinidad & Tobago to sweep Anguilla 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) in their second match. In addition to Wood, who had seven kills and three blocks in her point total, Rhe-Ann Niles added nine points while captain Shari Matthews and veteran player Julia Lewis each added seven. Barbados was dominant in all aspects with an 8-2 advantage on blocks and 9-1 on service aces.

Trinidad & Tobago v Honduras
Channon Thompson put on a serving exhibition to lead host Trinidad & Tobago to a second straight 3-0 win, this time over Honduras (25-15, 25-11, 25-15). Thompson ended with 26 points on the night, ten of which were service aces while Sinead Jack added nine, inclusive of three blocks and captain, Krystle Esdelle, nine as well in the 62-minute match.


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