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T&T beach vballers target Mexico improvement

Friday, April 20, 2018
T&T’s Suraya Chase, positions to sit up a pass for team-mate La Teisha Joseph during one of their Pool C matches of the 2018 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Circuit opening leg in Aguascalientes, La Isla de San Maercos, Mexico last weekend.

T&T’s top ranked women’s beach volleyball duo, Phylecia Armstrong and Malika Davidson along with third seeded LaTeisha Joseph and Suraya Chase will be targeting a much improved showing for the national teams when they compete in the second-leg of the 2018 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Circuit.

The second leg serves off today in La Paz, Bajaa, California, Mexico from today until Sunday.

Last week, when the tour served off with the opening leg in Aguascalientes, La Isla de San Maercos, Mexico, the pair of Joseph and debutant Chase ended in 13th place in the 14-team competition after a 17-21, 9-21 lost to US Virgins Islands duo, Melanie Valenciana and Katherine Wanket in their losers draw quarterfinal to end with a winless record of 0-4, the same as Guatemalans, Paola Alvaro and Maria Juarez, who ended 14th.

On the first day of Pool C round-robin matches, Joseph and Chase endured a tough start with defeats at the hands of Mexico’s Claudia Rios and Cinthya Cruz 8-21, 5-21; and Nicaraguans Swan Mendoza and Lolette Rodriguez 15-21, 17-21 before another loss to USA’s Brittany Howard and Kelly Reeves 6-21, 9-21 to finish with a 0-3 record.

However, the top ranked local women’s beach volleyball duo, Davidson and Armstrong failed to take their place in the pool draw for the opening-leg after missing their flight out of Trinidad.

On Wednesday, Davidson and Armstrong left T&T this time around and was expected to arrive in Mexico yesterday to link up with countrywomen, Joseph and Chase, who journeyed straight from La Isla de San Maercos.

Davidson and Armstrong had earned the right to represent T&T as the points leaders after three stages of the National Beach Volleyball Circuit at Saith Park, Chaguanas last month.

The duo led the table with 22 points, two ahead of Rheeza Grant and Abby Blackman, who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia last week.



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