Local women continue to make inroads in the region’s biggest volleyball competition.
The Cayman Islands finished tied for eighth in the final standings for the North Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2013 Beach Volleyball Circuit. The pairing of Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden registered 490 points, the exact amount as Honduras.
Cayman was well behind seventh place Guatemala (805 points) but just ahead of El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago (tied for ninth with 445 points). The U.S. was the overall champions with 2,020 points, Canada was second (1,980 points) and Mexico third (1,700 points).
Alexander and Wolfenden ended their campaign in Maracas Bay, Trinidad for the NORCECA tour’s final stop. The duo finished 11th – earning 55 points – after posting two wins and three losses. The ladies were 1-2 in their group after losing to Canada and Mexico and beating the U.S. Virgin Islands. From there, Cayman would lose to Jamaica and beat St. Kitts and Nevis in the consolation bracket.
On the men’s side, Cayman was not as impressive with a 16th spot out of 24 teams. Cayman had 175 points, behind 15th-ranked Curacao (200 points) and well off the pace of 10th-ranked Nicaragua (510 points). On the other hand, local spikers did outdo Barbados (120 points), Honduras (105 points) and the Bahamas (95 points).
Richard Campbell and Duncan Hamann represented Cayman at the tour’s last stop in Trinidad. The duo won two of its three games, finishing second in its group at 1-1 with a loss to Mexico and a win over Barbados. Cayman made it to the championship bracket, but lost to Canada in their opening match to finish 12th.
Mexico was the men’s champions with 1,980 points, Canada were second with 1,780 points and the U.S. were third with 1,740 points.