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T&T’s Ross-Kydd voted Best Middle-Blocker
T&T’s Jalicia Ross-Kydd was voted as one of two Best Middle-Blockers when the Norceca Women’s World Championship Third Round Group Q Tournament Qualifier to the FIVB World Championship ended at the Palacio De Los Deportes, Ciudad Deportiva, La Habana, Cuba, on Saturday night. The award for Ross-Kydd, a seven-year veteran of the national volleyball team was a consolation after the “Calypso Spikers” came up short in their bid to qualify for the FIVB World Championship scheduled for Italy in September after losing to host Cuba 18-25, 20-25, 13-25 in the gold medal match.
Leading the way for the youthful Cubans was 14-year-old sensation Melissa Vargas who was voted as the four-team tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The lanky Vargas was also the Best Opposite Spiker and the Best Outside Hitter, along with her teammate Jennifer Álvarez in the latter position. Also included in the All-Star were Lianne Jamanika (Curacao) as the Best Middle-Blocker; Cubans Yamila Hernández Best Setter; and Emily Borrell as Best Libero, Best Receiver and Best Digger; Curacao’s Christine Anthony as Best Scorer with 70 points and Cuban Alena Rojas as Best Server. Several players of the famous generation of the players known as Morenas del Caribe who were Olympic Champions in Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 19996´and Sydney 2000 and World Champions in 1978, 1994 and 1998, attended the ceremony.