Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2014 Contents NIGEL SIMON
France-based Darlene Ramdin led three players
in double-figures as T&T s "Calypso Spikers"
crushed Jamaica in three sets (25-12, 25-13, 25-12)
in the Women s Division final of the 15th Senior
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (Cazova)
Championship at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucu-
rapo, on Sunday.
The win for T&T led by first year head coach
Nicholson Drakes was a historic one in many ways.
It was achieved on home soil and led by captain
Kelly-Anne Billingy after finishing third in 1993 and
second in 2002 in tournaments won by Barbados.
In addition, the victory which came in 72 minutes
was a record fifth straight (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
and 2014) to go past Barbados which won in 1998,
2000, 2002 and 2004 as the teams with the most
wins on the trot, while both teams now have the
same amount of titles overall as well, six.
Barbados was also crowned champions in 1993
and 1994 while T&T got its first in 1996.
Bahamas with its victories in 1992 and 1995, and
the now defunct Netherlands Antilles, which won
the inaugural title in 1991 are the only other teams
to have won.
For T&T, Ramdin who copped one of the "Best
Spiker" awards had nine kills, three blocks and three
kills in her 15 points output and she was well sup-
ported by fellow France-based starlet and Best Spik-
er" awardee Channon Thompson with 12, inclusive
of ten kills while Marisha Herbert added ten.
Thompson also collected the "Best Server" and
"Most Valuable Player" of the tournament
The 31st world ranked "Calypso Spikers" dominated
the Jamaica "Riddim Girlz" to lead 35-14 on spikes,
10-2 on blocks and 6-1 on service aces while com-
mitting only 20 errors to their opponent s 24.
Chicago-born Jamaican captain, Simone Asque
who has played professionally in Cyprus and Denmark
had six points and Karenza Beckford, four in the
The second placed finish was the third for Jamaica,
having done so in a 1996 loss to T&T, and in 2004
An elated Billingy speaking after yet another tri-
umph for her team which is now unbeaten at the
Cazova level since losing in the 2004 semifinals,
said her team was happy to accomplish its goal of
a record fifth straight title to equal Barbados with
six titles overall.
"During the tournament I don t think we played
our best volleyball and tonight the girls really stepped
it up a bit by saving their best for last.
Billingy also praised for the crowd support saying,
"We are thankful for the extra energy they brought.
Drakes after capturing his maiden crown as coach
said he was happy to see the improvement of the
team from the first match to the final.
"As the tournament went along we had to make
adjustments and tonight our serving, passing and
blocking was at a level that we have come to expect,
which made it difficult for Jamaica."
Members of both T&T men's and women's team display
their individual awards and team titles won at the
conclusion of the 15th Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (Cazova) Championship at the Jean Pierre
Complex, Mucurapo, on Sunday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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TORONTO---Ace Barbadian jockey
Patrick Husbands produced two
stunning rides to sweep the feature
Can$250,000 Wonder Where Stakes
and the co-feature Can$200,000
Grade II Play the King Stakes at
Woodbine racetrack on Sunday.
Paired with favourite Lexie Lou
over a mile and quarter in the main
feature, Husbands raced the three-
year-old bay filly just off the pace be-
fore grabbing the lead with a furlong
to run, to reach the wire three
lengths clear in a time of two min-
utes, 0.90 seconds.
In a seven furlong trip in the Play
the King, Husbands unfurled an even
better ride aboard 4-1 chance Kaigun,
skilfully slicing his way through
heavy traffic in the stretch, to win by
three-quarter lengths clear, in a time
of one minute, 20.71 seconds.
With the victories -- both for
trainer Mark Casse -- Husbands
brought his stakes tally for the sea-
son to 14 and moved within striking
distance of Can$5m in winnings,
with five months still left in the sea-
The two stakes wins added to an
already impressive list for Husbands
this season, having already taken the
US$500,000 Woodbine Oaks in June
and the million-dollar Queen's Plate
last month -- aboard Lexie Lou on
Brilliant Husbands wins Wonder Where, Play the King
'Calypso Spikers' snare
sixth Cazova title
Best Spiker: Channon Thompson (T&T)
Best Spiker: Darlene Ramdin (T&T)
Best Opposite: Sandrina Hunsel (Suriname)
Best Receiver: Rheeza Grant (T&T)
Best Digger: Farahnaz Levens (Suriname)
Best Blocker: Shani Leacock (Barbados)
Best Blocker: Thonya Joseph (Barbados)
Best Setter: Cheryl Brunnings (Suriname)
Best Libero: Farahnaz Levens (Suriname)
Best Server: Channon Thompson (T&T)
Best Scorer: Sandrina Hunsel (Suriname)
Most Valuable Player: Channon Thompson
to win the
Road Time Trial
in Wallerfield on
"I wasn't lying
on a sun lounger
on a beach over
fretting over the
fact that we lost
on last season's
second place finish
Call: 623 8870-9
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