This country's senior women's volleyball team has risen to a best-ever Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) world ranking of 27th, after climbing 11 spots from 38th.
Last year, under the supervision of long-serving Cuban-born coach Francisco "Panchee" Cruz, the reigning eight-time Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) champions, seven of which came on the trot made their debut at the FIVB World Championship in Japan where they were beaten in all of their Pool C round-robin matches against much-fancied opponents, Russia (21-25, 11-25, 12-25); USA (11-25, 12-25, 11-25), Thailand (17-25, 17-25, 25-23, 11-25), Azerbaijan (27-29, 16-25, 17-25) and Korea Republic (24-26, 16-25, 23-25).
Despite losing all five matches, the T&T women led by captain Renele Forde created history by becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to compete in the prestigious 24-team event, one year are debut in the FIVB World Grand Prix as well.
The T&T women also managed to win a first ever set at the FIVB World Championship
Before competing at the World Championship in October, the 'Calypso Spikers' also participated in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia in July where they ended fifth of eight teams.
In Pool B round-robin play, T&T fell to Puerto Rico, 25-19, 17-25, 16-25, 20-25 and Colombia, 22-25, 19-25, 20-25 before beating Costa Rica, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16.
In the quarterfinals, T&T was ousted by Mexico, 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 17-25 before upstaging former world champions Cuba for the first time at any level or gender, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 in their fifth to the eighth semifinal, and then Venezuela 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 for the fifth spot.
The T&T women also competed at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where the team ended with a 0-3 round-robin Pool B record.
T&T record a first ever set in a loss to USA 25-22, before losing 15-25, 22-25, 15-25).
In May at the Challenge Cup in Canada, a Continental Qualifying Tournament, the host beat T&T 25-12, 25-16, 25-22 and Cuba also defeated the CAZOVA champions, 25-18, 25-17, 25-13.
Commenting on the historic ranking position for the T&T women, which bettered their previous highest of 29th almost five years ago, former T&T Volleyball Federation president, Mushtaque Mohammed said it was evidence of the great work done by the players, technical staff and all others involved with the team.
"This historic ranking is no doubt a reflection of the team's debut showing at the FIVB Women's World Championship where they came up against the top countries in the world and had some creditable performances."
However, Mohammed, the current president of CAZOVA as well as the FIVB Development Committee was quick to point out that the T&T Volleyball Federation needs to keep working for the better of the teams.
"To keep improving the women's team rankings, we need to keep working together as a unit, and improving on all our weak areas.
"We cannot operate as we have been doing and expect for the teams to improve, a lot more focus has to be put into preparations of our teams, developmental programmes as well as widening our talent pool.
"The current core of players are not going to be around forever, so we need to have a proper developmental programme to bring through younger players going constantly", added Mohammed.
Serbia is the top-ranked women's team in the world after its triumph in Japan followed by China, USA, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Netherlands, Italy, Korea Republic and the Dominican Republic to round out the top ten.
The others in the top 20 are Argentina, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Germany, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Belgium, and Kenya.
Among Norceca teams, the USA is ranked first, followed by the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, T&T, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Jamaica.
The local women's team has already served off its 2019 campaign with a silver medal showing at the just concluded 2019 Pan American Games Norceca Women's Final-Four Qualifying Tournament behind host Puerto Rico on Sunday.
With the win, Puerto Rico qualified to the Pan American Games carded for Lima, Peru, later this year while T&T can still compete at the competition, but only if one of the qualified teams decide against competing.