Cayman girls grab top 10 spot

The ladies continue to hold serve in Cayman Islands volleyball. 

At this weekend’s North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2014 Beach Volleyball Circuit opener, Cayman’s women placed eighth. Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden led the way with two wins and two losses in the double elimination bracket at Public Beach, just missing out on the quarterfinals. 

Alexander and Wolfenden would beat Nadia Galan and Anna Ramirez of Guatemala 21-17, 21-16 before defeating Ayana Dyette and Nancy Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago 21-12, 21-12. The Cayman tandem would suffer losses to El Salvador’s Diana Romero and Marcela Avalos 21-13, 21-19 and to Mexico’s Vanessa Virgen and Paulette Cruz 21-6, 21-14. 

Ileann Powery and Chante Smith-Johnson were the other female pair for Cayman. They lost both of their matches against Canada’s Claudia Seguin and Brandie Wilkerson 21-13, 21-11 in the first game and 21-7, 21-17 in the second contest. Both Powery and Smith-Johnson were making their NORCECA debuts. 

Cayman fielded three men’s squads for the round robin competition and all of them failed to make it out of their respective groups. Team one of Olney Thompson and Philippe Deslandes finished 12th overall at 1-3. Thompson and Deslandes beat Tarandath Deonath and Tevin Joseph of Trinidad 16-21, 21-19, 15-12 in Pool C but lost to Aruba’s Eargenel De Cuba and Alexander Mitchel 21-13, 21-15, Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodriguez and Erick Haddock 21-11, 21-9 and Canada’s Ryan Vanderburg and Andrew Hinchey 21-14, 21-15. 

Team two of Shervin Rankin and Richard Campbell also went 1-3, ending up 11th overall. Rankin and Campbell beat St. Clair Hodge and Kevin Percival of St. Kitts and Nevis 19-21, 21-16, 15-9 and lost to Costa Rica’s Julio Alvarez and Rooper Espinoza 21-19, 21-17, Stafford Slick and William Montgomery of the United States 21-13, 21-10 and El Salvador’s Carlos Escobar and David Vargas 21-12, 22-20. Team three of Duncan Hamann and Ethan Manderson went 0-4 to finish in last place. 

Hamann and Manderson lost to Guatemala’s Erick Garrido and Andy Blanco 21-13, 21-8, Americans Todd Rogers and Theodore Brunner 21-10, 21-14, St. Lucia’s Julian Bissette and Joseph Clercent 21-13, 21-7 and Canada’s Cameron Wheelan and Michael Platinga 21-9, 21-13. 

The tournament finals took place on Sunday. Look for a full report with those results in Tuesday’s newspaper. 


Jessica Wolfenden and Cristin Alexander guided Cayman to a high finish.


Ileann Powery made her debut.


Philippe Deslandes played for the men’s team. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES


Shervin Rankin held his own as usual.


Ethan Manderson was another newcomer.


Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden starred on the Cayman 1 women’s team. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT

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