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T&T indoor vballers get favourable CAC groupings
T&T senior men's and women’s indoor volleyball teams, the reigning champion of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA), have been handed favourable groupings for the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 20 to August 3.
In the women’s competition, record seven-time CAZOVA champions T&T will compete at its fourth straight CAC Games tournament and will do battle with host Colombia, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica in Pool B while champions Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela will compete in Pool A.
This year is expected to be another busy one for as the Krystle Esdelle-led “Calypso Spikers” will compete in the FIVB Women’s Nations League in Alberta, Canada from May 15-21, a replacement for the FIVB Grand Prix competition which they debut in last year, versus Canada and Costa while Puerto Rico, Cuba and Colombia are in another group.
They will also compete in the Women’s Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 6-15, a qualifier to the Pan American Games to be held in Mexico in while they will go after an eighth CAZOVA overall title in Suriname from July 8-16.
The USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and host Dominican Republic are the teams registered to compete in Santo Domingo
Up next for the Francisco ‘Panchee’ Cruz-coached T&T women will be their debut at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan from September 29 to October 20.
On the men’s side, the Sean Morrison-coached national team which will also be making a fourth straight appearance have been drawn in Pool A for the CAC Games with Puerto Rico, Colombia and Guatemala in Pool B while Pool A composes by Cuba, Mexico, champions Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
Prior to arriving in Colombia, the T&T team will hunt a a third straight crown and fourth overall CAZOVA title in Haiti from June 17-23.
In beach volleyball, for the first time in the history of the Central American Games, the tournaments will consist of 24 pairs per gender with T&T expected to be represented by Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart in the men, and one from the pairings of Rheeza Grant and Abby Blackman, and Phylecia Armstrong and Malika Davidson in the women.
The countries to be represented in both tournaments are Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, T&T, US Virgin Islands, El Salvador, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Cayman Islands, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Suriname and Dominica.
Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Grenada and Panama will compete only in the women’s event while Barbados, Aruba, Haiti and Curacao qualified to compete in the men’s tournament.
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