T&T finish last at CAC Games volleyball

KELLY BILLINGY was among four players who said goodbye to the competitive game when the Central American and the Caribbean (CAC) Games Women’s Volleyball Championships concluded Thursday night in Mexico.
The skipper was on the losing side of the net as Costa Rica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 25-19, 25-13, 17-25, 25-18 to avoid the cellar place in the eight-nation tournament.
T&T had failed to win a set when the two teams had met three days earlier in the round-robin group stage and the third set of this match was the only one they managed to win from their five matches.
The 28-year-old Billingy, who scored nine points, two less than T&T’s top-scorer in the match Darlene Ramdin, has been a member of the national team since she was 16 years old and was one of the most dangerous attacking players in the Caribbean for most of her career.
Teammate Jalicia Ross-Kydd, whose contribution was seven points, also threw in the towel along with the Willis sisters of Costa Rica, Angela and Verania.
Skipper Angela was the leading scorer in the 92-minute contest with 15 points, six more than her younger sibling.
The CAC Games are staged every four years and Dominican Republic captured their four successive gold medal when they whipped Puerto Rico 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 in 82 minutes. Cuba took the bronze by nosing out Mexico 24-26, 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 15-13 and Venezuela edged out Colombia 36-34, 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-13 for fifth place.
The men’s tournament will serve off on Tuesday and T&T will be among the eight participants.