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Calypso Spikers tackle Canada for semis spot
T&T's Calypso Spikers were locked in quarterfinal battle with Canada as they chased a first ever semifinal spot, at the 23rd Visit Norceca Women's Continental Volleyball Championship at the Ralston Arena, Omaha, Nebraska, last night after press time.
T&T led outlasted Costa Rica 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-13 on Tuesday before going under to Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, 13-25, 20-25, 13-25 to finish pool play with a 1-1 record to its opponent, 2-0 mark while Costa Rica had a 0-2 record following a 13-25, 6-25, 20-25 loss to the pool winners on Monday's opening night of competition.
With the three pool winners (Dominican Republic, USA and Puerto Rico) all ending with 2-0 records, the two automatic qualifiers for the semifinals were then determined by their points ratio percentage which meant, USA (2.273) and Dominican Republic (1.765) were ahead of Puerto Rico (1.224) and advanced straight to today's semifinals against the winners of last night's quarterfinal matches featuring, T&T against Canada, and Puerto Rico versus Mexico.
Following last night's quarterfinals, the winners will be back in action today in the semifinals against USA and 2009 champion Dominican Republic, while the losers will return to the court tomorrow in the fifth and sixth playoff ahead of the bronze medal and finals.
In Wednesday's match against T&T, Dominican Republic veteran, Bethania La Cruz led her team with 18 points, including four aces and four blocks while
Prisilla Rivera added 12 points and Annerys Vargas Valdez, ten.
For the "Calypso Spikers", former Poland-based Channon Thompson had a team high ten points, captain Krystle Esdelle chipped in nine, middle-blocker Sinead Jack added nine, France-based Darlene Ramdin, seven and Abigail Gloud, four.
It was another error-prone outing for T&T as followed up its sloppy display against Costa Rica with 25 errors against Dominican Republic while its opponents limited its own miscues to seven.
Dominican Republic also held margins in all three scoring categories: 35-30 in kills, 7-5 in blocks and 8-4 in aces.
Despite the loss, T&T Cuban-born coach, Francisco Cruz was pleased with the effort of his players mainly on serve.
Cruz said, “The plan today (Wednesday) was to improve our serving, which we did. That team (the Dominican Republic) is at a much higher level. The Trinidad team is a very young team so there is a lot to work on.”
This is T&T’s fifth appearance at the Continental Championship since making its debut in 2005 at home with an eighth placed finish.
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