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T&T vball teams get CAC Games nod

Published: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018
T&T women volleyballers celebrate after beating Australia in their Week Two Group Three Pool D-3 FIVB Women’s World Grand Prix match at the National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva on Friday night. T&T won 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-17).

T&T will be represented in the both the men’s and women’s divisions for indoor and beach volleyball tournaments when the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games comes off in Barranquilla, Colombia later this year, from July 20 to August 3.

This was confirmed by the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) president, by Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, earlier this week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Both sets of national indoor teams will be making their fourth straight outing at the CAC Games competition since their debut in 2006.

Marte Hoffiz also confirmed that Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela will also compete while Costa Rica qualified among the women’s teams and Guatemala among the men.

The Dominican Republic’s teams are the defending champions for both events.

For the T&T senior women’s indoor volleyballers it will be yet another busy year as the “Calypso Spikers” will debut this years FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in September in Japan as well as participate in the FIVB Women’s Nations League to be held in Alberta, Canada, a replacement for the FIVB Grand Prix competition which they debuted in last year.

They will also compete in the Women’s Pan American Cup, a qualifier to the Pan American Games to be held in Mexico. Record seven-time winners of the Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) crown, the T&T women will also go after an eighth overall title in Suriname from July 8-16 while the senior men go after a third straight crown and fourth overall in Haiti from June 17-23. Not to be left out, T&T will also be represented in the Under-20 Women and Under-21 Men CAZOVA Championships in Suriname from March 31 to April 7, with the possibility of competing in the Under-23 competition in the US Virgin Islands, from April 16-21 still to be decided.

In beach volleyball, for the first time in the history of the Central American Games, the tournaments will consist of 24 pairs per gender

The countries to be represented in both tournaments are Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, T&T, US Virgin Islands, El Salvador, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Cayman Islands, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Suriname and Dominica.

Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Grenada and Panama will compete only in the women’s event while Barbados, Aruba, Haiti and Curacao qualified to compete in the men’s tournament.