They’ve spiked our interest

Cayman’s standing in world beach
volleyball rose another few notches over the weekend with its third consecutive
staging of the North, Central America and the Caribbean’s to kick off the
series around the region.

Public beach was a fabulous mix of
athletic prowess, lively music and appreciative crowds in glorious sunshine
beside the pristine sea at Public Beach to watch the NORCECA tournament.

Cayman’s part-time players had
three teams entered and although collectively they only won one match out of
nine in the first two days, they played their hearts out against teams that are
mostly full-time professionals.

Shervin Rankin and Olney ‘OT’
Thompson lost on Saturday, to the Dominican Republic 21-15, 21-13, but they
never made it easy for the visitors. The Caymanians beat Trinidad and Tobago on
Friday night.

Duncan Hamann and Philippe
Deslandes, Cayman’s second men’s team, were thankful for the experience at this
level having only been together for two months and playing together for the
first time. On Saturday, they too acquitted themselves well, losing to St.
Kitts and Nevis 21-13 and 21-18.

Cayman’s women’s team of Jennifer
‘JB’ Bily and Cristin Alexander, are also a relatively new coupling. They lost
to Mexico’s second team, 21-13, 21-12, but like the others can draw from the
experience and aspire to rise to the next level. 

The semi-finals and finals were
played on Sunday evening.

To see more photos,
go to our picture galleries on www.caycompass.com

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Cayman’s Philippe Deslandes blocks a shot against St. Kitts and Nevis.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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