Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fletcher, Cottoy, Donald lead T&T to semis date with USVI

RIVIERE-SALEE, Martinique, December 11, 2019:  Team captain Kiune Fletcher, Shanice Cottoy, and Desiree Donald, all Outside Hitters combined for 40 points to lead six-time winners Trinidad and Tobago to a 3-0 defeat of Curacao in their 2019 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Junior (Under-20) Women Championship quarterfinal at the La Ville Riviere-Salee Palais Des Sport.

Led by Fletcher’s 18 points which included 11 spikes and five aces, and Cottoy’s nine spikes, Trinidad and Tobago won 25-20, 25-14, 28-26 to set up a semifinal clash with US Virgin Islands on Thursday for a spot in Friday’s gold medal match.

Donald added eight points while Zhane Marie Lezama and Jordana Simon chipped in with five points apiece, and Cyan Mottley, four for the winners in the 90 minutes encounter.

Overall, it was much improved showing from Trinidad and Tobago against a nervous Curacao whom they dominated 28-10 on spikes, 9-5 on blocks and 17-9 on service aces.

However, Curacao was able to stay in the match courtesy the 36 errors of Trinidad and Tobago compared to their 24 committed.

For Curacao, Outside Hitter, Liz Rossen was the lone scorer in double-figures with ten points while Arjenette Wemet-Bemardus got four.

Commenting on the loss, Curacao coach Gilbert Paulina said his players were good but still needed a better performance against a strong Trinidad and Tobago team.

Curacao captain, Githangely St Hillaire  said her team played very well and she was proud of their effort.

“We could have still done bette, but for a team that is brand team I think we contested well and will try and win our final match.”

Nicholson Drakes, coach of the victorious T&T team said the team had a much better allround match than in their previous encounters.

Drakes further explained that he did not call a time out when his team struggled to close out the third set because he wanted them to be able to work out tough situations which may come ahead, for themselves.”

Fletcher said, “ The game was more complicated that then would have liked.

“We had good momentum coming into the match, but we gave away too many points and allowed Curacao in the match.

“We are now into the semifinals and I think the win will help our confidence another level", ended Fletcher.

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