The Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Volleyball team got off to a rough start at the Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship at Auditorio del Pueblo in Durango, Mexico. Mexico won in straights sets 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-8).
T&T just seemed to be overpowered in every aspect of the game: 29-6 in attacking, 10-2 in blocking and 16-1 in serves. The home team committed 3 more errors than Trinidad and Tobago however (23-20), their only positive in the match.
Mexico’s star man, outside hitter Josué de Jesús López scored 18 points in Mexico’s win, with 10 of his serves resulting in aces.
Head coach Gideon Dixon said about the team’s performance, “It was a tough debut for us, Mexico clearly outperformed us, we have a lot to learn and we must go back to prepare for the next one, looking for a different result.”
Coach Dixon did say to Loop News before the tournament started that the teams did have their share of struggles in preparation for the tournament saying, “We had a very short window of two and a half weeks to prepare; our country has been locked down over eighteen months so it has been challenging,”
T&T captain Ryan Stewart said after the game, “This was not the best act of the guys, we need to do a little more in terms of consistency, and I know we can do better. We hope to come out stronger for tomorrow’s game”.
Speaking of tomorrow’s game, Trinidad and Tobago will be facing off against Canada who also lost their opening match against Puerto Rico.