Triple T La Cura Sport with good start in both genders


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, December 19, 2019 - Triple T La Cura Sport made a winning start, to their respective men and women campaigns when the 2019 The Office of the Prime Minister Premier Volleyball League sanctioned by the T&T Volleyball Federation served off at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Saith Park, Chaguanas on Tuesday night.


In the lone women's match on the opening night of the six-day competition, La Cura Sport boosted by the inlcusion of recent Caribbean Junior Championship "Best Setter" awardee Dashonta Addison of Barbados, and Taisha Thomas overcame former powerhouse Glamorgan 25-15, 23-25, 25-9, 25-13 in one hour, 36 minutes ahead of their remaining matches against Toco Youths Volleyball Academy last night, (Wednesday) and Big South East Port-of-Spain (SEPoS) Wolves on Friday.


North American-based Cameron Edwards had the hot hands for La Cura Sport with 16 points while  Taija Thomas added 13, and Rheeza Grant 11 in the victory after outplaying their rivals in attacks 45-13, and aces 12-3..


The La Cura Sport men's line-up which included US-based Daynte Stewart  and Marlon Phillip and Henrique Harry was made to work even harder for their win against Technocrats 25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 15-10 in two hours, two minutes.


Stewart tallied a match-high 22 points, Phillip added 19 and Harry 13 for the winners while Ryan Stewart had a team-high 20 for Technocrats, and Adriel Roberts, 12 in the loss.


Both teams were even on spikes 43-all while La Cura Sport dominated on blocks 12-7, and service aces, 13-4 while committing less errors, 39 to 45.


And in the other men's match, Blue Waters Challengers also needed five sets to earn a win over Zenith 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 17-25, 15-10.


For Challengers, Martin Centeno led four players in double-figure scoring with 20 points, while Jevaughn Saunders and Kerryne Joachim added 13 each, and David Malpica, 11 while Joel Theodore was the main scorer for Zenith with 23.


Challengers dominated their rivals on spikes (49-36) and aces (17-6) to compensate for being outblocked 3-9 and also to make amends for their 44 errors to their rivals, 32..


Yesterday (Wednesday, December 18), two matches were on scheduled in both the men and women genders.


In the men, Technocrats faced Challengers, and Super League champions' Toco Youths Volleyball Academy battled Big SEPoS, while in the women's competition, Glamorgan tackled vs Big SEPoS,  and Toco Youths tangled with La Cura Sport.


At the end of the women's four team round-robin semis the top team will face the fourth placed team in one semifinal while second and third meet in the other.


However, the seven teams in the men's competition have been divided into a group of four and one of three and at the end of their round-robin series, the top two teams in each group will advance to the cross-over semifinals.


Overall, more than $60,000 in cash prizes is on offer the seven men and four women teams.


The men's champion will collect $20,000 while second gets $10,000, and third $5,000 while in the women's competition, the champion team will earn $16,000, second recieves $8,000, and third $4,000.


In addition to the team prizes, individual awards are also on off for the top players in their respective positions, highlighted by the 'Most Valuable Player" accolade.


There will also be individual awards including Most Valuable Player for both categories.


Divisions and participating teams:


 Toco Youths Volleyball Academy, Glamorgan, Triple T La Cura Sport. Big SEPoS Wolves.



Pool A: Toco Youths Volleyball Academy, Big SEPosS Wolves, Glamorgan. Pool B: Technocrats, Triple T La Cura Sports, Zenith, Blue Waters Challengers.