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Davidson, Armstrong book Norceca beach spot
Malika Davidson and a visibly ill Phylecia Armstrong booked their places as T&T’s representatives at the 2018 North, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Beach Volleyball Tour Second-Leg in La Paz, California on Saturday.
This after the second year pair emerged victorious in the four-team women’s Third-Leg T&T Tobago Volleyball Federation National Beach Volleyball Circuit (NBVC) Qualifiers at Saith Park, Chaguanas.
Starting the weekend level on 14 points each after the first two stages of the tournament at the same venue with national champions Rheeza Grant and Abby Blackman, Davidson and Armstrong, who was suffering with the flu and shed a few tears during the decider, battled to a come-from-behind 25-27, 21-14, 15-13 win in the final.
Earlier on in the round-robin phase which was contested via one-sets, Armstrong and Davidson defeated Tysan Selvon and Brittney Choon 21-11 before losing to Blackman and Grant 19-21; and La Teisha Joseph and Suraya Chase, 18-21.
However, Armstrong and Davidson rebounded to defeat Joseph and Chase 12-21, 21-16, 15-11 in their semifinal while Blackman and Grant stopped Selvon and Choon, 21-11, 21-10 in the other final-four clash.
Blackman and Grant topped the round-robin stage with a 3-0 mark after wins over Joseph and Chase 21-18, and Selvon and Choon, 21-10 as well.
Joseph and Chase avoided the cellar-placed with a 21-17 defeat of Selvon and Choon, and also won over the same pair, 21-17, 21-16 in the third place playoff.
By topping the Third Leg, Armstrong and Davidson impoved to 22 points and earned the right to fly the national in La Paz from April 19-22.
Grant and Blackman, winners of the Second-Leg trail with 20 points and have the consolation of being the local representatives to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month (April 4-15) while Joseph and Chase are third on the table with 12 points followed by Selvon and Choon, six, with Romelia Fermin and Asma Charles, fifth with 1.5 points.
Top ranked local men’s duo, Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart continued their dominance by capturing the Third Leg on Sunday to add to their previous two wins.
In the final of the eight-team men’s qualifying event, Williams and Stewart battled past fierce rivals Abraham Eccles and Joel Theodore 17-21, 21-19, 15-12.
When the competition served off, Williams and Stewart, who are also headed to the Gold Coast swept past Stephen Enile and Steffon Hutson 21-13, 21-19; Devaughn Martin and Evlon Pounder 21-10, 21-4, and Lincoln Chandler and Lenroy Chandler 21-6, 21-12 before beating Marlon Phillip and Nathanael Noreiga 21-16, 21-17 in their semifinal.
Eccles and Theodore were Pool B round-robin winners courtesy victories over Phillip and Noreiga 18-21, 21-17, 15-8; Kevin Rivers and Jason Dennis 21-8, 21-14, and Rashaun Wright and Josiah Chambers 21-10, 21-7 followed by a 21-19, 21-19 semifinal triumph against Enile and Hutson.
Enile and Hutson got third spot by walkover from Phillip and Noreiga.
With their third tournament win so far this year and eight straight locally since last year, Williams and Stewart carried their points tally to 24, eight ahead of Eccles and Theodore, and will also compete in the NORCECA Second-Leg stop in La Paz, while Phillip and Noreiga are third with ten.
Points Table after Three Legs
1. Phylecia Armstrong/Malika Davidson – 22
2. Rheeza Grant/Abby Blackman - 20
3. La Teisha Joseph/Suraya Chase - 12
4. Tsyan Selvon/Brittney Choon - 6
5. Romelia Fermin/Asma Charles - 1.5
1. Daneil Williams/Daynte Stewart - 24 pts
2. Abraham Eccles/Joel Theodore - 16
3. Nathanael Noreiga/Marlon Phillip - 10
4. Steffon Hutson/Stephen Enile - 9
5. Kareem Thomas/Kurt Edwards - 2
5. Evlon Pounder/Devaughn Martin - 2
5. Jason Dennis/Kevin Rivers - 2
8. Lincoln Chandler/Lenroy Chandler - 1
8. Rashaun Wright/Josiah Chambers - 1
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