Trinidad & Tobago to debut at World Championship
PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD, September 20, 2018 -
Trinidad & Tobago will be one of seven Norceca Confederation
teams which will have the chance to play and train in Japan
against local teams ahead of the start of the 2018 FIVB Women’s
Volleyball World Championship.
The 24-team FIVB World Championship runs from September 29 to
As part of their final preparations for big competition, The T&T
women who made their FIVB World Grand Prix debut last year, a
tournament now replaced by the Challenge Cup and Nations League
will be received by the city of Hemiji and its volleyball team
Hemiji Victorina which is coached by the legendary former setter
Yoshi Takeshita from September 21 to 26.
The athletic Caribbean squad will be making its first appearance
at the world championship after several years reigning in zonal
Renele Forde, the captain of the so called Calypso Spikers, who
plays professionally in Sweden, commented:
“The mood of the players are very upbeat and training has been
going very well for us, and we are now just looking ahead to our
stay in Japan where will have a series of matches prior to the
Forde will lead the T&T squad in Japan and she will have as her
team-mates, the core of players who qualified the team on home
soil last year.
Besides Forde, the team includes Jalicia Ross-Kydd, Channon
Thompson, Kelly-Anne Billingy, Sinead Jack, Darlene Ramdin,
Afesha Olton, Latisha Morain, Krystle Esdelle and Kiune
The pair of Mikela Mc Gilvery and Afiya Alexander who were part
of the team last October that finished second from the NORCECA
Group C series were replaced from the final squad for Japan with
USA-based Delicia Pierre and Taija Thomas coming into the squad.
Trinidad & Tobago are ranked 34th in the world and will play in
Pool C at the Kobe Green Arena alongside defending champions and
world second-ranked United States, fifth-ranked Russia, South
Korea (No 10), Thailand (No 16) and Azerbaijan (No 24).
The coach of the team is the Cuban-born Francisco Cruz, assisted
by Nicholson Drakes and Jarad Cuffie. Keva Stephens is the
trainer, with journalist Sean Morrison and Vaughn Martin as
manager and head of delegation.