The NORCECA tournament was Cayman
newcomer Cristin Alexander’s first. She partnered Tarasa Barnett who also has
limited experience in volleyball.
The matches were an eye opener for
Alexander said: “The experience was
amazing. I would have to say that it was a very rewarding experience,
especially as a new player. It was awesome.”
Alexander, 22, has just completed
her degree in psychology and is looking for a job.
She started indoor volleyball at 14
and was introduced to the beach version only two months ago.
“Now I’m going to really train hard
and focus on one tournament at a time,” Alexnder said. “It would be great to
say that I’m going to the Olympics in 2012. That would be a huge goal for me,
but I’m just taking it one at a time. Gaining experience would be the best
thing for me right now.
“Tarasa has been playing a big
longer than I have. This was only our second tournament together so it was a
big learning experience. If the opportunity arises for another tournament like
this I would take it in a heartbeat.”
Jennifer Bily and Wanda Brenton are
Cayman’s best women’s pair. They won only one of five matches – against Jamaica
– but always went down fighting. Bily had bi-lateral knee surgery last summer
and only returned to action a month ago so her mobility was a little
Bily said: “We didn’t play our best
but at the same time that’s what sometimes happens. I am still recovering with
my legs, not to make an excuse.
“These teams were awesome. My mind
told me I was ready but I don’t think my body performed well.
“So I hope I go on more of these
stops, increase our experience, get stronger and we’ll communicate better and
see how it goes. Thank you Cayman for all your support.”
Brenda Allen from St Kitts and
Nevis certainly enjoyed her first ever tournament with partner Shanicia Dyer
even if they did not have much success.
“As this is my first tournament I
haven’t anywhere else to compare it with but I’ve heard from others that this
is really well organised, so kudos to Noel and his team and sponsors,” said
“Before I came, I tried to look up information
on Cayman and one of the things it said was that the people were very friendly
and it certainly has been that way.”