Bajans kill our hopes

Barbados ended Cayman’s hopes of playing in China.

The Cayman Islands finished their run at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games qualifiers with a loss to the Barbadians. Janina Mayers and Deandra Small would defeat Cayman’s Chante Smith-Johnson and Ileann Powery 21-15, 21-11 at Maracas Bay in Trinidad last week to clinch a berth in the secound round of qualification, slated to take place in Puerto Rico on Dec. 4.

Smith-Johnson and Powery started off the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association competition with the No. 2 seed and a first round bye. In the second round of play, Sigourney Kame and Cabriella Bouterse of Suriname would beat Cayman 21-13, 14-21, 11-15, 21-11, 21-5. The local girls were then placed in the losers’ bracket and rebounded to beat Dinaja Dowdy and Shanice James of the U.S. Virgin Islands 21-10, 21-23, 15-10 after trailing 8-10 in the final set. The loss to Barbados was in the consolation final.

Up for grabs at Maracas Bay was an automatic berth in the 2014 Games, which take place in Nanjing, China, next August. Chelsi Ward and Malik Davidson of Trinidad would secure that honor, along with boys team Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan of Jamaica.