The technician leaned conspiratorially across the counter at Marty Forscher’s repair store.
“Were you deployed to Afghanistan?”
France-based Channon Thompson was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after leading host T&T to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-12 win over Jamaica in the Women’s Division final of the 15th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (Cazova) Championship at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.
In the final, Thompsn tallied 12 points as her team secured a historic first Cazova triumph on home soil after third and second place finishes in 1993 and 2002 respectively.
The MVP accolade was one of three won by Thompson who also collected the Best Server and Best Spiker awards after leading her team to a record fifth straight crown (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014).
The win took T&T past Barbados which won in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 as the teams with the most wins on the trot.
However, both T&T and Barbados now have the same amount of titles overall, six.
Barbados was also crowned champions in 1993 and 1994 while T&T got its first in 1996.
Thompson was not the only player to walk off with individual honours as fellow France-based team-mate Darlene Ramdin also took home the Best Spiker award, and Rheeza Grant, Best Receiver.
Despite only finishing third, Suriname players captured five awards as well led by Sandrina Hunsel, Best Opposite and Best Scorer, and Farahnaz Levens, Best Digger and Best Libero, while their captain Cheryl Brunnings got the Best Setter award.
The Barbadian pair of captain Thonya Joseph and Shani Leacock collected an award each for Best Blocker to make up for the disappointment of their team’s fourth place finish, its lowest ever.
Best Spiker: Channon Thompson (T&T)
Best Spiker: Darlene Ramdin (T&T)
Best Opposite: Sandrina Hunsel (Suriname)
Best Receiver: Rheeza Grant (T&T)
Best Digger: Farahnaz Levens (Suriname)
Best Blocker: Shani Leacock (Barbados)
Best Blocker: Thonya Joseph (Barbados)
Best Setter: Cheryl Brunnings (Suriname)
Best Libero: Farahnaz Levens (Suriname)
Best Server: Channon Thompson (T&T)
Best Scorer: Sandrina Hunsel (Suriname)
Most Valuable Player: Channon Thompson (T&T)