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T&T beach volleyball quartet
leave for Cayman tourney
T&T quartet of Marlon Phillip, Daneil Wil-
liams, Apphia Glasgow and La Teisha Joseph
departs today for Grand Cayman, Cayman Is-
lands where they will compete in the second
stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit,
from tomorrow until Sunday.
The T&T men and women teams will be among 12
pairs per gender including the champions in La Paz,
Mexico two weeks ago as they will converge on the
pearly-white sands of the Seven Miles Beach tempo-
rary beach volleyball complex for ninth consecutive
year with teams hailing from 11 countries.
The local men's team of Williams and Phillip are
coming off a disappointing 11th placed finish from 12
teams in La Paz and will be out for a better showing.
Williams and Phillip, who first played together on
the tour last October in St Lucia where they placed
seventh and followed up with another seventh place
finish on home soil in Tobago, last November, ended
11th from 12 teams courtesy a default win over Nica-
raguans Ruben Mora and Danny Lopez, 21-0, 21-0.
This after they had a chance to advance to the
playoff for ninth but were outplayed by USA's Reid
Priddy and Stafford Slick, 18-21, 11-12.
When the tournament served off with round-robin
play, the T&T men were beaten by US Virgin Islands
duo, Dillon Lesniak and Brian Kwasny 11-21, 19-21;
USA's Jon Mesko and Skylar Del Sol 12-21, 17-21 and
top Mexican pairing, Juan Virgin and Lombardo On-
tiveros 8-21, 13-21.
The Mexicans are the all-time most successful
player in NORCECA with Virgen having won 32 tour-
naments in the history of the circuit while Ontiveros
has 18, all but one with Virgen
However, Williams and Phillip will seek to put
that all behind them as they seek precious points to
help T&T qualify for the FIVB World Beach Volleyball
Last month, in the T&T Volleyball Federation host-
ed qualifiers to select the national teams for NORCE-
CA action, Phillip combined with Josiah "Squirrel"
Eccles to top the table ahead of Kurt Edwards and
Kareem Thomas while top ranked individual Williams
playing with new partner Christian Francois, in the
absence of Fabien Whitfield, who is serving a ban,
which he is challenging as well, were third.
The young but experienced duo of Joseph and Glas-
gow, also a national rugby player. Are no strangers
to Cayman Islands and placed eighth in their last
outing there two seasons ago.
The energetic duo topped the local qualifiers ahead
of the experienced Ayana Dyette and first time partner
Delana Mitchell while another veteran pair, Rheeza
Grant and Abby Blackman ended third.
In Cayman Islands, Cubans duos of Lidiannis
Echeverria and Leila Martinez in the women's field
and Karell Pena and Daisel Quesada in the men's
event, who were crowned in La Paz and are among
the pre-tournament favourites.
The women's defending champions Betsi Flint
and Kelley Larsen of USA and two-time winners in
NORCECA Jamie Broder and Caleigh Whitaker of
Canada are among the top teams registered to play
over the weekend.
Broder won in 2013 in Cayman when she teamed
up with Kristina Valjas.
Both USAand Canada are fielding two teams per
gender while Cayman Islands will have two repre-
sentatives in the women's competition.
La Teisha Joseph, right, and Apphia Glasgow after topping the T&T Volleyball
Federation Women Beach Volleyball Qualifiers at Maracas Beach, on April 1.
Canada-A (Jamie Broder/Caleigh Whitaker), Cana-
da-B (Charlotte Whitaker/Caleigh Cruickshank), Cay-
man Islands-A (Marisa Harrison/Stefania Gandolfi),
Cayman Islands-B (Melisa Burrowes/Ileann Powery),
Cuba (Lidiannis Echeverria/Leila Martinez), Guate-
mala (Maria J. Orellana/Blanca Recinos), Nicaragua
(Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodriguez), Puerto Rico
(Valeria Porrata/Ashley Vasquez), T&T (La Teisha
Joseph/Apphia Glasgow), USA-A (Betsi Flint/Kelley
Larsen), USA-B (Jace Pardon/Lara Dykstra), US Vir-
gin Islands (Amber Bennett/Melanie Valenciana).
Canada-A (Maverick Hatch/Garett May), Cana-
da-B (Aaron Nusbaum/Ryan Vandeburg), Cayman
Islands-A (Casey Santamaria/David Wood), Cuba
(Karell Pena/Daisel Quesada), El Salvador (Davis
Vargas/Carlos Escobar), Guatemala (Andy Leonardo/
Luis García), Nicaragua (Rubén Mora/Dany López),
Puerto Rico (Orlando Irizarry/Juan Ribas), St Kitts
& Nevis (St Clair Hodge/Kemoroy Percival), T&T
(Marlon Phillip/Daneil Williams), USA-A (Mark Burik/
William Kolinske), USA-B (Jon Mesko/Skylar Del Sol).
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