Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2015 Contents T&T senior women's volleyball
missed out on a chance at qualifying
for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympic
Games at the first attempt, after end-
ing with a 0-3 record in Pool B of the
24th NORCECA Continental Cham-
pionship Olympic Qualifiers in
Michoacana, Mexico, yesterday.
After losing their first two matches
in straight sets to host Mexico (16-25,
12-25, 23-25) and Dominican Republic
(16-25, 14-25, 17-25), the Renele Forde-
captain T&T women needed a win over
the Puerto Ricans, who were 1-1 to have
any chance of staying in contention.
However, the Puerto Ricans led by
Karina Ocasio s 11 points and seven
apiece from Stephanie Enright and
Lynda Morales stormed to a 25-14, 25-
14, 25-21 triumph in 65 minutes.
For T&T, Turkey-based Channon
Thompson led the way with 11 points
as well, while former captain Krystle
Esdelle added nine.
The duo of Shontelle Yearwood, in
her first senior tournament and captain
Forde got five each.
By ending bottom of its pool, T&T
will now play in the fifth to eighth place
semifinal on Thursday against one of
the quarterfinal losers from today.
In the loss to 2009 winners Domini-
can Republic on Monday night, the lat-
ter gave a rest to its staring players and
during the match used different vari-
ations in their line-up.
T&T scored on powerful kills espe-
cially by Channon Thompson and also
held off Dominican Republic with
Dominican Republic took advantage
of 32 T&T errors and also had a good
margin in aces (6-1) and held a 29-24
advantage in spikes. In the blocking
category, T&T scored one point more
Dominican Republic topscorers were
Yonkaira Pena with eight and Gaila
Gonzalez and Annerys Vargas, both
with seven points while Turkey-based
outside hitter Thompson led the reign-
ing five-time Caribbean champions
with 12 points.
Speaking after Monday s loss, Forde
explained that the team had to do some
improvising due to a minor injury.
She said, "Our libero (Afeisha Olton)
has a minor injury so we had to play
different positions, using a new rotation,
and hopefully she ll be better for our
next match.. We always want to win
so we aren t glad with the result despite
knowing that Dominican Republic is a
T&T coach, Cuban two-time
Olympic gold medal winner Idalmis
Gato said, "We are moving step by step,
we haven t set a strategy for the next
matches because I don t know if our
libero will get better."
In the other Pool B match, Puerto
Rico prevailed over Mexico 3-2 (25-20,
23-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-11 to improve
to a 1-1 record and a total of five points.
Mexico drops to 1-1 and stands with
Karina Ocasio tallied 17 points as
Puerto Rico s top scorer while Aury
Cruz (14), Alexandra Oquendo (13),
Estephanie Enright (12) and Lynda
Morales (11) also scored in double-dig-
its.Mexico was led by Opposite Dulce
Carranza who scored 27 points, 23 kills
and four blocks, followed by Andrea
Rangel with 22 points and Lizbeth Sainz
who chipped in with 11 points.
Seven-time winner and two-time
reigning champions USA beat Canada
25-15, 25-17, 25-19 to remain undefeated
in Pool A with perfect record (2-0) and
ten points while Canada drops to 1-1,
remaining with three points.
For the Americans, Jordan Larson-
Burbach (nine), Kelsy Robinson (nine),
Nicole Fawcett (eight) and Karsta Lowe
(six) were the main contributors while
Tabitha Love (eight) and Shanice Mar-
celle (six) did their piece for Canada.
Cuba got its first win, beating Costa
Rica 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-21 to improve
their record (1-1) with seven points.
Costa Rica has 0-2 record.
Cuban Opposite Heidy Rodriguez
scored 22 points for a match-high, 19
on kills and three blocks and Mijal
Hines topped Costa Rica with 11 points,
all in kills.
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SELLIER won T&T's
first ever gold medal
in mountain biking
when he won the
juvenile category at
Puerto Rico, on
"There seems to
electrical wire all
over the place
and people are
left, right and
President of the T&T
Cricket Board AZIM
suspension of West
Indies head coach Phil
Call: 225-4465 (Ext:
2069, 2071, 2072,
T&T captain Renele Forde, right, and Sinead Jack go up full stretch in attempt to block the spike of Dominican Republic's
Erasma Moreno, left, while her team-mate Marianne Fersola in their Pool B match of the 24th NORCECA Continental
Championship Olympic Qualifiers in Michoacana, Morelia, Mexico, on Monday night. Dominican Republic won 25-16, 25-14,
25-17. PHOTO: COURTESY: NORCECA
Calypso Spikers lose third straight
COLOMBO---Sri Lankan off spinner
Tharindu Kaushal is banned from using a
variation in his bowling after independent
assessments concluded that he bowls it
with an illegal action, the International
Cricket Council announced yesterday.
The ICC said in a statement that Kaushal
can continue to bowl his stock delivery, the
off spinner, in international cricket but will
not be permitted to use the "doosra" --- the
ball that is delivered with an off spinner's ac-
tion but spins way from the right handed
Kaushal was tested after match officials
reported him for a suspect action at the end
of the third and final test match against
India earlier this month.
The 22-year-old has played in six test
matches and has taken 24 wickets.
The statement said that if the bowler
bowls the "doosra" in a match despite the
ban he runs the risk of being reported again.
If a test for a second time proves him to be
bowling with an illegal action the bowler will
be banned from bowling at all in interna-
tional matches for one year.
The ICC recently banned Pakistan off spin-
ner Mohammad Hafeez from bowling for 12
months after he was for a second time proven
to be bowling with an illegal action. (AP)
Sri Lankan spinner Kaushal barred from using the 'doosra'
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