Trinidadian girls Ward, Davidson seal Youth Olympic spot
Maracas Bay, Trinidad, November 28, 2013 - The hometown duo of Chelsi Ward and Malik Davidson sealed their ticket to next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China after easing past Suriname’s Sigourney Kame and Cabriella Bouterse 21-13, 21-6 in their Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association Zonal NORCECA qualifiers.
The victory for Ward and Davidson, who earlier this year participated at the FIVB Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Croatia, came in just 26 minutes.
Speaking afterwards an elated but exhausted Ward said the win was just reward for the hard work put in by both players as well as their coaches and the dedication shown by their parents and supporters.
Despite the loss in the decider, Kame and Bouterse will have another chance to get to China, but will need to qualify through the NORCECA Second Round qualifiers which come off in Puerto Rico from December 4.
They will be joined in Puerto Rico by Barbadians, Janina Mayers and Deandra Small who stayed in the hunt for a spot in China by easing past Cayman Islanders’ Chante Smith-Johnson and Llean Powery 21-15, 21-11 in the losers draw final.
Earlier in the semifinals, Mayers and Small swept past Jamaicans Lisanne Roofe and Tiomma Graham 21-14, 21-13 while Smith-Johnson and Powery battled past US Virgin Islands pair, Dinaja Dowdy and Shanice James 21-10, 21-23, 15-10 after trailing 8-10 in the final set.