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Women beach vball play-offs postponed

Friday, May 11, 2018
Rheeza Grant, right, spikes a ball past the blocks of Phylecia Armstrong during a Beach Volleyball event at Maracas Bay earlier this year. PICTURE SEAN MORRISON

The top two ranked women’s teams, Phylecia Armstrong and Malika Davidson, and Commonwealth Games participants Abby Blackman and Rheeza Grant will have to wait a few days more before resuming their quest for another finals clash in the Fourth Leg of the 2018 T&T Volleyball Federation Beach Volleyball Circuit.

This after their semifinals and final play-offs which were expected to resume at the National Beach Volleyball Centre, Saith Park, Chaguanas on Wednesday night was postponed due to the unavailability off all players involved.

The women’s segment of the local competition which serves as qualifiers to Norceca and other international events was held on Sunday last.

However, due to the inclement weather the semifinals, third place play-off and final will take place tomorrow from 7pm. Playing in Pool A, Armstrong and Davidson, winners of two of the three local tournaments hosted so far this season outplayed Tsyan Selvon and Brittney Choon 21-16, 21-12 and Romelia Fermin and Cheneil Millette 21-9, 21-6 and will meet third ranked La Teisha Joseph and Suraya Chase in their semifinal tomorrow at the same venue from 7pm.

The experienced duo of Blackman and Grant, both former national indoor team players and winners of the second local event this season, breezed their way through Pool B with wins over Joseph and Chase 21-11, 21-10; Asthma Charles and Latifa Gonzales 21-8, 21-7; and Ebony Williams and Afiya Alexander 21-10, 21-5 and will come up against Selvon and Choon in the other semifinal.

Joseph and Chase who have competed in all three legs of the 2018 Norceca Beach Circuit so far ended second in Pool B after beating Williams and Alexander 21-7, 21-9 and Charles and Gonzales 21-13, 21-15 in their other matches while Selvon and Choon was second in Pool A courtesy a 21-14, 24-22 defeat of Fermin and Millette

The men’s tournament was held on Saturday and in the end, Daneil Williams continued his reign as the undisputed local men’s beach volleyball king after he paired with new playing partner and fellow national indoor player Nathanael Noreiga to claim the Fourth Leg.

The reigning national champion along with Daynte Stewart who were fifth at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia, Williams and Noreiga competing for the first time outlasted new duo Stewart and Marley Davidson in a gripping final 21-17, 15-21, 15-11


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