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Big South East Port-of-Spain (SEPoS)
advanced straight to the national quarter-
finals of the Men s B Division after winning
the West Zone five-team series ahead of
its final second round match against second
placed West Side Stars.
With one match left to play, SEPoS leads
with an unassailable 34 points to qualify to
the national quarterfinal against the winner
of the playoff between, South Zone run-
ner-up and North Zone third placed team.
West Side Stars is a certain second in the
West Zone with 26 points and awaits the
fourth placed team from South, Starling II
or Southern United Volleyball Academy.
And Challengers, third in the West Zone
with 22 points, will meet the second placed
East Zone team for the right to face the
South champion in the national quarterfi-
In the South Zone, the battle is down to
the semifinal stage where Starling I and
Southern United Volleyball Academy both
enjoy 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series
against their second string clubmates, Star-
ling II and Southern United II, respective-
ly.Both Starling I and Southern United II
advanced to the semifinal automatically
after topping their respective three-team
groups while Southern United II and Starling
II won their quarterfinal series.
Southern United II swept Central United
2-0 while Starling II defeated Dow Village
In the East Zone, Tobago Elite has 18
points and two matches left to play against
Technocrats and Youth Team and are
favourites to secure a national playoff spot
as one of the top two teams in the group.
And in the North Zone from which the
top three will qualify from five clubs, Glam-
organ (22 points) holds a one point lead over
Zenith, both from five matches each.
Third is the University of Southern
Caribbean (USC) with 19 points from six
matches, and UWI is fourth with 13 and
still in the qualification mix.
In the Women's B Division, Southern
United I and Toco Youths are the only teams
to have qualified to the national quarterfinals
This after Southern United I topped the
South Zone with 27 points from six matches,
seven ahead the University of T&T.
In the national quarterfinal, Southern
United I faces the winner of the West Zone
runner-up and North fourth spot round-
UTT will meet the North Zone third
placed team and Southern United II will
face the North runner-up for a quarterfinal
date with East Zone winner Toco Youth
Volleyball Academy, while Tobago Elite, the
East runner-up will meet the West Zone
third placed team in the other playoff match.
The other zones are yet to determine their
qualifiers to the playoffs with seven spots
still up for grabs going into their zonal play-
Glamorgan I won the North I three-team
group with a 4-0 record and 20 points, 10
more than the USC and qualified to the
zonal semifinal automatically while in North
II, Glamorgan II with maximum 20 points
after four wins, leads from Zenith with 2-
1 record and 10 points, one ahead of Glam-
organ III which has played a match more.
And in the West, SEPoS holds top spot
with 21 points from five matches and certain
of qualification as a top three finisher from
the four-team pool.
West Side Stars, second with 15 points
and two matches left to play, is followed by
Maribunta with seven points from five
matches and winless Defence Force, which
is still in contention for the remaining two
playoff spots from the zone.
T&T s youth beach volleyballers
will have a chance to claim a spot
at next year s Youth Olympics in
Nanjing, China, when the T&T Vol-
leyball Federation hosts its Youth
Olympic qualifying tournament
from November 25-29 at a venue
to be determined.
Recently, Rodell Fraseer and
Delshun Welcome of St Vincent and
St Lucians Dala Noel and Skye Mon-
desir, claimed the boys and girls
places, respectively, on offer from
the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball
Association Zone of Norceca Round
of Youth Olympic Beach Qualifi-
cation Tournament held at Pigeon
Point Beach, St Lucia.
The St Vincent and the
Grenadines duo of Fraser and Wel-
come spiked their way to the top
spot when they formalised their
unbeaten run in the tournament, in
near dominating fashion over
Dominica's Arden Elmes and Yahn
Florent, taking both matches in the
best of three final series, 2-0.
They had to ward off a defiant
Elmes and Florent in the first match
but came through 21-16, 22-20 and
won the second match, 21-9, 21-5.
There was more history making
achievement, as it will be the first
time St Vincent and the Grenadines
will be represented at the Olympic
Games in a team sport.
In addition, they finished the two-
day tournament, dropping only one
set and ended with a 10-1 win/loss
Before meeting Elmes and Florent,
Fraser and Welcome saw off Grena-
da's team of Sherman Clement and
Jayvon Gilbert in two straight
matches, to sweep the series without
many complications. The Vincen-
tians won 21-14, 21-15 and 21-14,
Elmes and Florent had a harder
route to the final, taken to the golden
set by the St Lucian combination of
Alexander Augier and Andre Mar-
St Lucia won match one, 2-0 (
21-11, 22-20), but Dominican sent
the contest into a golden set, as they
took match two, 21-23, 21-10, 15-11.
Elmes and Florent edged out Augier
and Marquis in the golden set, 16-
14 in thrilling fashion.
St Lucia came away with the third
spot, taking the two matches 21-12,
21-15 and 23-21, 21-13.
But it is not all over for Dominica
and St Lucia, as they have another
chance at qualification in the second
round which begins next year.
Noel and Mondesir booked their
country's passage to the first ever
Beach Volleyball at the Youth
Olympics beating the Grenadian duo
of Jomelar Billy and Carsie Paul 21-
19, 22-20 and 21-8, 21-0.
In reaching the finals, St Lucia
defeated St Vincent and the
Grenadines overall 2-0, also in the
best of three match series.
Modesir and Noel cleaned up
Angelique Allan and Mikhailla
Matthias 21-13, 21-10 and 21-12 , 21-
12 to set up their meeting with Billy
In the other half of the semifinal,
the situation was not as straight for-
ward, as it was taken to a golden set.
Grenada claimed the first match
22-20, 21-17, but Antigua and Bar-
buda's Natasha Best and Zenelle
Edwards brought parity to the con-
test by taking match two, 21-15, 21-
15.Grenada though closed out the
duel by winning the golden set, but
not without a nervy finish, 15-13.
Antigua and Barbuda secured the
third place over St Vincent and the
Grenadines, 21-19, 22-20 and 21-12,
Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda
await the next phase of the qualifiers,
as they go for their second chance
of reaching China.
In commemoration of one of the icons in
cycling, the late Leslie King, the T&T Cycling
Federation will be having its annual memorial
race on November 17. The race is sponsored by
Perfection Services Limited.
The race will start at 7 am from Nestle, Churchill
Roosevelt Highway and proceed east to Valencia
going through Sangre Grande, Manzanilla to finish
by the Mayaro Sports Club.
There will be $30 000 in prizes to be won. This
will be the TTCF's last road race for the year.
For more information contact Gregory Dandrade
England-based top T&T player Kwandwane
Browne, who was recently voted as the England
Hockey League 2012-2013 Performance Coach
of the Year, will serve as course conductor when
the T&T Hockey Board (T&THB) in conjunction
with the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) and
Olympic Solidarity host a Level 2 field hockey
coaching course from today to Monday.
The course will be held at two venues, the
National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua and Jean
Pierre Complex in Mucurapo from 9 am to 4 pm
On completion of the course requirement, cer-
tificates will be delivered to participants. The reg-
istration fee for the course is TT$750.
SEPoS volleyball men
in national quarters
T&T to host Olympic
Browne to conduct
memorial Nov 17
President of the St Lucia Volleyball Association, Brian Louisy, is flanked by St Lucians Dala Noel and Skye
Mondesir, who captured the lone ticket available to next year's Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, for the Beach
Volleyball Tournament from their Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Zone of the NORCECA Round
of the Youth Olympic Beach Qualification Tournament at Piegon Point, St Lucia, last month.
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