THE Trinidad and Tobago pairs failed to advance from the round-robin group stage of the second leg of the NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) 2015 Beach Volleyball Tour on Saturday in the Dominican Republic.
After winning one of their two matches when the tournament served off the day before, Fabian Whitfield and Daneil Williams turned in a respectable performance in their final Group C fixture before going down 21-17, 21-18 against unbeaten Canadians Garet May and Daniel Dearing.
The “Toco Boy” then began their quest for a ninth-place finish with an impressive 21-9, 21-9 victory over a pair from Bonaire.
Williams and Whitfield, who last month led T&T to the Caribbean men’s title and a place in the second round of regional qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil, had beaten a pair from Jamaica in straight sets (21-9, 22-20) on Friday, but gone under 21-10, 21-14 against two players from United States Virgin Islands.
Playing in their first NORCECA tournament together, Ayana Dyette and Makila Davidson failed to win a set from their three matches against pairs from the United States, El Salvador and Cuba in a tough Group D.
The T&T women were then beaten 21-16, 21-10 against Nicaraguans in their opening match in the playoff for ninth place on Saturday.
Both T&T pairs will next compete in the Pan American Games in Canada in a couple of weeks.
There are ten legs in this year NORCECA Tour, which will conclude in Trinidad in mid-November.