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Williams, Stewart finish 11th

Monday, October 1, 2018
T&T’s top international men’s volleyball pair of Danyte Stewart, left, and Daneil Williams.

Nigel Simon

Top-ranked local men's beach volleyball pairing, Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart got the better of fellow countrymen Joel Theodore and Marlon Phillip for 11th spot when the Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fourth stop on the 2018 NORCECA Tour ended in the Dominican Republic, yesterday.

In the playoff, Williams and Stewart won without breaking a sweat as their fellow T&T players defaulted.

When the tournament served off on Friday, Williams and Stewart had an easy opener day in Pool B, after winning by default from Dominican Republic's Florent Yhan/Riviere Lincoln, 0-21, 0-21.

However, when they faced USA's Eric Zaun and James Avery Drost, the T&T men were beaten 14-21, 17-21 to end in the second spot.

Williams and Stewart then faced off with Costa Ricans, Richard Smith and Brian Monge in the last-12 and were defeated 18-21, 21-12, 12-15 to miss out on a quarterfinal spot.

The top T&T duo then defaulted against USA's Branden Clemens and Benjamin Vaught in their ninth to 12th semifinal while Theodore and Phillip also defaulted versus Canada's Cameron Wheelan and Gabriel Burlacu to set up their final playoff encounter.

Earlier on in Pool E, Phillip and Theodore started off with a 21-18, 21-12 win over El Salvadoreans', Carlos Escobar and David Vargas and then, St Kitts/Nevis' duo, Shawn Seabrookes and Ranciato Jeffers, 21-16, 21-16.

But, Phillip and Theodore ended second in their pool after they were beaten Smith and Monge, 9-21, 19-21 for the top spot.

In the round-of-12, Phillip and Theodore fell to Cristian Encarnacion and Josue Rivera of Puerto Rico 10-21, 11-21.

In the women's draw, top-ranked T&T duo, Rheeza Grant and Abby Blackman, finished 20th and La Teisha Joseph and Suraya Chase, 17th.

This after both teams defaulted their playoff matches.

Grant and Blackman, who participated at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year defaulted against St Kitts/Nevis' Shanicia Dyer and Brenda Allen-Edinborough in the consolidation quarterfinals while Chase and Joseph did likewise versus Colombians Ingrid Lopez and Patricia Polo.

And in the ninth to 12th semifinal playoffs, Chase and Joseph won without breaking a sweat against Dominican Republic's Alondra Berroa and Julibeth Payano while Grant and Blackman again were a no-show for their meeting with Cristal Gregorius and Angjeny Tolentino of Curacao.

Chase and Joseph were then awarded a win over Gregorius and Tolentino while Grant and Blackman were losers against Berroa and Payano.

When competition served off on Friday in round-robin pool play, Grant and Blackman went under to Lopez and Polo 18-21, 18-21; and, USA's Falyn Fonoimoana and Molly Turner 12-21, 8-21 on Friday.

Yesterday, Grant and Blackman were also defeated by Nicaraguans, Valeria Mendoza and Magarita Lopez, 12-21, 13-21 to end 0-3.

T&T's other women's team of La Teisha Joseph and Suraya Chase also ended winless after defeats at the hands of Elizabeth Recinos ad Estafanie Bethancourt of Guatemala, 15-21, 11-21, and Jamaicans, Kai Wright and Sasha-Lee Wallen, 11-21, 9-21.

The tournament concluded yesterday and the T&T quartet of teams will now move on to Boca Chica, also in the Dominican Republic for Friday's start to the fifth and final leg of the season.


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