Spikers miss their target

Local volleyball took a step backwards against regional foes. 

The Cayman Islands placed out of the top 10 in the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2014 Beach Volleyball Circuit. The final rankings, which came out after the final stage took place in Trinidad and Tobago last week, showed the men’s team in 14th place out of 25 countries with 180 points, while the female players were a disappointing 16th out of 19 countries with 145 points. This year’s results are in stark contrast to Cayman’s efforts in past years. The women placed tied for eighth in 2013, with Honduras, while the men fared worse with a 16th place finish. 

Representing Cayman in 2014 were Richard Campbell, Philippe Deslandes, Duncan Hamaan, debutant Ethan Manderson, Shervin Rankin and Olney Thompson (men) along with Cristin Alexander, Ileann Powery, Chante Smith-Johnson and Jessica Wolfenden (women). 

The local men were just ahead of St. Kitts and Nevis (115 points) but well behind Barbados (225 points), St. Lucia (230 points), Trinidad (245 points) and 10th-ranked Nicaragua (350 points). The top countries were Puerto Rico (1,580 points), the United States (1,6660 points) and overall winners Canada (1,740 points). 

Local ladies were ahead of Jamaica (110 points), St. Lucia (70 points) and St. Kitts (25 points) but just off the pace of Barbados (185 points), the Dominican Republic (195 points), the U.S. Virgin Islands (205 points), Puerto Rico and Curacao (210 points each) and 10th place Nicaragua (315 points). Costa Rica (1,400 points), Canada (1,680 points) and the United States (1,820 points) were the top nations. 

Ethan-Manderson

Ethan Manderson made his debut in the circuit this year. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES