Technocrats capture men volleyball title
By KEVIN SUNICH Wednesday, June 5 2013
DOMINICAN Republic duo Elvis Contreras and Jose Caceres led Technocrats to the Men’s title with a 3-0 win over Toco Youths in the final of the Second Edition of the Caribbean Volleyball League which ended at the University of the West Indies, Sports and Physical Educational Centre (UWI-SPEC), St Augustine, Sunday night.
While they were not as dominant as they have been during the tournament, they did enough while scoring 14 and 12 points respectably to help their team to the gold medal.
The Toco boys who claimed a 3-1 upset win over the defending champions Glamorgan in the semifinal were hoping to pull off another upset; however, it was not their night. While they did not roll over and die as they fought valiantly in the first set, the 2012 runners-up were clearly too strong for them.
Technocrats took the first sets at 25-23 and despite giving Toco youth some hope they eventually pulled away to take the second 25-18. Toco tried their best in the third but it was a mountainous task and they eventually surrendered 25-19 to give Technocrats the title. Technocrats committed 32 errors to 26 by Toco, but held a 29-26 spike advantage as well as in blocks 11-3. Conreras had 11 spikes and two blocks while Caceres had 10 kill. TT’s Poland-base Marc Honore had six points including four blocks. Pablo Guzman led Toco with 11 points, ten spikes and an ace while captain Simon Blake had nine with all coming from spikes.
Meanwhile Big South East Port-of-Spain (SEPOS), claimed their first win of the tournament, a 3-0 upset win over the 2012 champions Glamorgan to take the bronze.
Big SEPOS was led by Gino Naarden had 14 points and Keven Sporkslede 13 for the winners in the match which lasted an hour and 12 minutes.
While Glamorgan led by its standout American Jordan Du Fault showed some fight, it seemed like the team from Port-of-Spain wanted it more and they were able to come away with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 win.
Naarden earned all his points from spikes, while Sporkslede had 12 kills. Du Fault had 11 spikes and two aces while Bahamian Byron Ferguson had seven blocks and TT’s Ryan Stewart seven kills.