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Title-holders University of T&T
(women) and Glamorgan (men) can expect
strong challenges in their bid to repeat as
champions when the Caribbean Volleyball
League hosted by the T&T Volleyball Fed-
eration with the support of the North,
Central America and Caribbean Volleyball
Confederation (Norceca) spikes off today.
The league, now in its second year, takes
place at the University of the West Indies
Sports and Physical Educational Centre, St
Augustine, from today (Wednesday May
29) until Sunday, June 2.
Today, in their opening matches, UTT
faces debutants New Arising Sporting Com-
pany (NASC) from 7 pm while two hours
later Technocrats come up against Toco
Youths, another team on debut.
In the first session from 12 noon, last
year's runner-up Technocrats (men) meets
BIG South East Port-of-Spain (SEPoS) while
Glamorgan women, beaten in last year's
final, faces Technocrats at 2 pm.
Last year in the women's final national
senior team captain Krystle Esdelle was
voted as the "Most Valuable Player" of the
tournament after she led UTT past Glam-
organ 27-29, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 17-15 in
a very entertaining final to capture the
US$5,000 winner-take-all top prize. This
was after Glamorgan held 18-14 and 24-21
leads in the third and fourth sets, respec-
For this year's event, UTT will once again
be led by its core of national players led by
Esdelle, Channon Thompson, Courtnee-
Mae Clifford, Abigail Gloud, Abby Blackman,
Renele Forde and Sinead Jack.
Thompson, 19, is coming off a stellar two
days of competition in the Norceca Second
Round Women's Group I qualifiers in which
she was voted as the "Most Valuable Player"
along with copping the "Best Scorer," "Best
Spiker" and "Best Server" awards while
Clifford collected the "Best Libero," "Best
Receiver" and "Best Digger" and Jack, the
But this year, Glamorgan has beefed up
its squad with the inclusion of American
trio Kim Willoughby, Kaylee Mann and
Gwendolyn Rocker, in addition to the return-
ing pair of European-based Barbadians,
Shari Matthews (Serbia) and Anicia Wood
They will be joined by national players
Finland-based Darlene Ramdin, Ayanna
Dyette and Rechez Lyndsay.
In the Technocrats squad are national
players Andrea Kinsale, Samatha Prescott,
Kelly-Anne Billingy and Rheeza Grant as
well as Curacao's Christine Anthony,
Jamaican Cherine Richards and USA's Mea-
gan Johansen, while US Virgin Islands duo
Valissia Brathwaite and Danielle Selkridge
as well as St Lucians Tramaine Edwards,
Dania Hamilton, Samantha Mann and
Kashima Noel are part of the NASC con-
The men's four-team tournament, which
also features last year's beaten finalists Tech-
nocrats, BIG SEPoS and Toco Youths, will
also see a host of international players headed
by local Marc-Anthony Honore.
Honore is coming off a successful season
in Europe where he helped Benfica to its
fifth Portugese A-1 Division title and will
line up for Technocrats alongside fellow
national players Kevin Nimrod, Sean Mor-
rison, as well as juniors Nicholas Prescott
and Newton Grant.
The international contingent includes
Dale Addison (Barbados), Jose Caceras
(Dominican Republic), Elvin Contreras
(Dominican Republic), Delford Morgan
(Jamaica) and Ricardo Chong (Jamaica).
Glamorgan has also bolstered its squad
with national setter Saleem Ali and Ryan
Stewart being joined by Bahamian trio Byron
Ferguson, Shedrick Forbes and Prince'taniqe
Wilson and USA's Jordan DuFault.
Last year, Glamorgan battled past Tech-
nocrats 26-24, 28-30, 18-25, 31-29, 16-14
inspired by the athleticism of guest player
Germany's Sebastian Haehner, the men's
tournament "Most Valuable Player" award
winner, and libero Jamaal Ferguson of
However, while Ferguson has returned,
Haehner has not, leaving the way open for
possibly a new champion to emerge.
Barbadian duo Fabien Cox and Alain Lon-
don will link up with T&T internationals
Jessel Davis, Brandon Legall, Nolan Tash
and Akim Bushe as well as Surinamese pair
Gino Naarden and Keven Sporkslede.
Newcomers Toco Youths have acquired
the services of Guyana's Quency Matherson,
St Lucian beach player Joseph Clercent and
Puerto Ricans Pablo Guzman and Roberto
Rodriguez to join the local beach quartet of
Simon Blake, Colin Bernard, Fabien Whitfield
and Daneil Williams.
The four teams in each group will first
contest a round-robin series at the end of
which first plays fourth and second meets
third in the semifinals on Saturday, ahead
of Sunday's final and third place play-offs.
Overall, 31 overseas players from Bahamas,
Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, US Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic,
USA, Suriname, Guyana and Curacao will
be on show.
Tournament Groupings and Schedule:
Men: Glamorgan, Technocrats, BIG SEPoS, Toco
Women: UTT, Glamorgan, Technocrats, NASC
Venue: University of the West Indies Sports and
Physical Educational Centre, St Augustine:
Technocrats vs BIG SEPoS, 12 noon
Glamorgan vs Toco Youths, 9 pm
Glamorgan vs Technocrats, 2 pm
UTT vs NASC, 7 pm
Technocrats vs Toco Youths, 2 pm
Glamorgan vs BIG SEPoS, 6 pm
Glamorgan vs NASC, 12 noon
UTT vs Technocrats, 8 pm
BIG SEPoS vs Toco Youths, 12 noon
Technocrats vs Glamorgan, 8 pm
Technocrats vs NASC, 2 pm
UTT vs Glamorgan, 6 pm
Semifinals, 2 pm and 6 pm
Semifinals, 12 noon and 8 pm
Third place, 12 noon
Final, 6 pm
Third place, 2 pm
Final, 4 pm
UTT, Glamorgan start
volleyball league defence KINGSTON---Jamaica has dropped all-time
leading goal scorer Luton Shelton ahead of two
important home games in Concacaf World Cup
qualification scheduled for next week.
Shelton, who has scored 35 goals in 73 appear-
ances in national colours, was not named in a
26-man squad for a ten-day training camp in
The camp was cut shortly after a warm-up
game against Bahamas scheduled for Friday was
"Luton Shelton was a decision by the coach
to drop him," said Alfredo Montesso, Jamaica
men's senior team assistant coach.
"We have four strikers in the team, and that
"We have Ryan Johnson, Darren Mattocks,
Theo Robinson and Jermaine Beckford."
Since its return on Sunday the team has held
a training session with only nine players at the
Jamaica Football Federation Training Centre at
the University of the West Indies.
Some of the overseas players who were in The
Bahamas returned to their clubs for various rea-
sons and are expected in Jamaica from Wednesday
with the full squad expected to be available on
Jamaica tackles Concacaf giants Mexico next
Tuesday before taking on the United States of
America next week Friday and Honduras in an
away game on June 11. (CMC)
The Young Leaders of Fatima College has
invited everyone who would like to see positive
changes in the country for a "Walk for Change"
procession, which is set on Sunday, beginning
at Fatima Ground, Mucurapo, from 3 pm.
The initiative is part of the 2013 RBC project
titled "Be The Change."
The walkers will proceed up Ariapita Avenue,
turn into French Street and head onto Tragarete
Road before returning to the school's ground.
Each person will be presented with a free
calendar depicting some of the changes which
the group wishes to see.
Original songs created for the project will
also be performed by the young leaders.
There will be a limited number of T-shirts
on sale, as well as wrist bands with positive
Anyone wishing further information or willing
to assist, can contact Rosemarie Duff at Fatima
College (622-4121, or 799-9078).
T&T's Channon Thompson, centre, shows off her four awards, inclusive of the "Most
Valuable Player," while flanked by fellow individual awards recipients and teammates
Courtnee-Mae Clifford and Sinead Jack at the conclusion of the Norceca Women's Second
Round Group I qualifier to the 2014 FIVB World Championship at the University of the
West Indies Sports and Physical Educational Centre, St Augustine, on Sunday night. T&T
defeated Barbados 25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20 in the final. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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