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Trinidad & Tobago battle past Barbados for Group I Gold

Trinidad & Tobago's players celebrate following their victory over Barbados in the last match of NORCECA Group I Tournament

St Augustine, Trinidad, May 26, 2013 - Host Trinidad & Tobago overcame a determined Barbados 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20 to claim the gold medal in their NORCECA Women’s Second Round Group I qualifier to the 2014 FIVB World Championship at the University of the West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre on Sunday night.

Going into the match, both teams had already secured their passage to the Third Round of NORCECA qualification after ending the round-robin series as the top two teams.

Leading the way for the hosts, ranked seventh in NORCECA was captain Krystle Esdelle with 20 points, while Channon Thompson added a valuable 19, inclusive of five service aces, and Sinead Jack, 10.

For Barbados, Serbia-based Serbia captain, Shari Matthews was also her team’s top scorer with 14 points, while Spain-based Anicia Wood chipped in with 13.

Speaking after the match, Esdelle, while happy her team won the gold medal was disappointed in the actual performance in the final.

“Tonight, our key players did not perform and we made too many errors which made the match complicated for us,” Esdelle said.

Honduras v Anguilla
Captain Tessa Michelle Flores led from the front with a match-high ten points to lead Honduras over Anguilla, 25-9, 25-18, 25-18 in the match for third place. In addition to Flores, who had seven kills in her tally, Mariajosse Diaz and Dariana Flores added eight points each in the 64 minutes win for the Central Americans who dominated, 24-15 on spikes, 5-0 on blocks and 15-3 on service aces. For Anguilla, captain Susan Webster had eight points and Rikiesha Leveret, five in the loss.

Trinidad & Tobago v Anguilla
Trinidad & Tobago warmed up for the gold medal match against the winner of the Barbados/Honduras encounter with its third straight sets victory, 25-14, 25-14, 25-8 over Anguilla on Sunday morning. Despite resting first team regulars for most of the contest, the hosts proved too much for the visitors, with an advantage of 8-1 on blocks and 7-0 on service aces. Leading the way for T&T was Abigail Gloud with 13 points, while Andrea Kinsale and Darlene Ramdin added 11 each.

Barbados v Honduras
The experienced trio of Shari Matthews, Julia Lewis and Anicia Wood all had solid outings as Barbados blanked Honduras 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) in their must-win final round-robin match. Matthews, who plays professionally in Serbia ended with a match high 15 points, all kills while Lewis, the longest serving member of the team got 11, inclusive of nine kills, and Spain-based Wood and Rhe-Ann Niles, eight points each. De-Ann Smith also chipped in with six points off the bench for the victorious Barbadians.



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