Trinidad & Tobago defeats Guatemala in four sets
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 4, 2019 – Trinidad & Tobago
showed consistency in the serve and blocking that was a key in
the 3-1 (25-14, 25-14, 22-25, 25-7) over Guatemala in the
closing match of the opening day of the Qualification Tournament
to the Pan American Games.
The strength of the Trinidadians was evident since the start of
the match creating difficulties to the Guatemalans.
“Our team made many mistakes in the third set as we lowered our
level of intensity”, said Nicholas Drake, the coach of Trinidad
& Tobago. “They (Guatemalans) took advantage of that moment.”
David Aldana, the coach of Guatemala, celebrated winning the
third set. “We have our feet on the earth as we were playing
against a team that just finished playing in the world
championship. Their serves are very strong and in the third set
we were able to establish our reception and won the set.”
Channon Thompson led the Caribbeans with 27 points while Krystle
Esdelle and Delicia Pierre added 20 and 16 points, respectively,
in the victory. Maritza Chavez had 7 points for Guatemala.