Friday 12th May, 2006

 

V-ballers meet Guatemala for CAC game spot

 
 
 
 
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BY NIGEL SIMON

T&T senior men’s volleyball team go head to head with Guatemala in a best-of-three series at the International Sports Complex, in Havana, Cuba starting today for the right to compete at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Cartagena, Colombia in July.

The play-off between T&T and Guatemala which continues tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday if necessary came about after the Panamanian Olympic Committee decided against registering their team for the eight-team CAC Games.

Asked what he knew about the Cubans, national coach Gideon Dickson, said, “To be honest I don’t know that much.”

“All I can say is that they defeated Barbados in the World Championship qualifiers last year, but word from the Bajans is that they under-estimated the Central Americans and have only themselves to blame for the defeats, something we don’t intend to do.”

Looking ahead to the matches against Guatemala Dickson said. “We are going to rely on our key assets to see us through. “That is our ability to play the ball above the net and our great team spirit.”

Leading the team in Cuba, will be Nolan Tash, the T&TVF “Player of the Year” while regular first-team players Marc-Anthony Honore, Jessel Davis, Sean Morrison, Marc Daly, Saleem Ali, Shervon Calliste and Kelvin Alleyne, who were all in the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation (NORCEA) qualifiers in Cuba last year are also part of the team.

The winners of the T&T/Guatemala series will join host Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Barbados and gold-medal favourites Cuba for the tournament.

T&T team: Nolan Tash (captain), Jessel Davis, Sean Morrison, Marc Daly, Saleem Ali, Marc-Anthony Honore, Shervon Calliste, Kelvin Alleyne, Vaughn Martin, Ryan Mahadeo, Kevin Nimrod, Russel Pena

Technical staff: Gideon Dickson (coach), David Camacho (assistant coach), Arthur Robinson (trainer).

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