BOTH Trinidad and Tobago pairs won their final matches when the curtain fell on the 2019 NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Tour, Sunday night in Jamaica.
After being edged 21-17, 21-18 by Puerto Ricans Kevin Rodriguez and Juan Ribas earlier in the day in their opening match in the playoff series for fifth place, Daneil Williams and Joel Theodore defeated Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia of Guatemala 22-20, 21-14 for seventh place in the field of 16 pairs.
Rheeza Grant and La-Teisha Joseph ended up in 11th place with a 21-18, 21-19 triumph over Jade Vitt and Lisa Dietrich of United States Virgin Islands. It was the first time that the T&T females had combined for the season, but their male counterparts had played together in four of the ten tournaments.
Williams and Theodore had finished down the field in the first two legs in April, but improved significantly when they placed fifth in the sixth stage in Dominican Republic in mid-September.
Williams competed two weeks after in the next leg and placed seventh alongside Marlon Phillip in the first tournament at this level to ever take place in Bonaire.
Phillip and Daynte Stewart had earned this country’s only medal of the season when they picked up bronze in the third leg in Nicaragua during the first weekend in May. The youngsters also played together the next weekend, but could only finish 11th in Cuba.
Phillip also finished down the field two weeks ago in the penultimate leg when he played alongside Kareem Thomas, who has accompanied Tevin Edwards in previous stage at the beginning of last month. Both tournaments took place in Dominican Republic.
Malika Davidson was the busiest T&T player of the season as she played in played in the first four NORCECA tournaments and six all told to edge past Williams and Phillip.
The 23-year-old, who flew the red, white and black flag in the World Under-21 Championships in 2013 and the Youth Olympic Games the following year, played alongside Joseph in the first two legs and then also struggled with Chase and Rheeza Grant in the next two, respectively.
Davidson and Grant came back and placed seventh in both the sixth and seventh legs, a couple months after combined in the Pan American Games in July in Peru.
After playing in five of the six legs last year, Joseph and Chase did not reunite until the penultimate tournament two weeks ago.
Chase had played in the eighth stage – with Abby Blackman – but Joseph came back last weekend to pass her and join Grant on four tournaments for the season.