Trinidad & Tobago Over Guatemala for 10th Place

July 04, 2009, 11:20 a.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 4, 2009) – Trinidad & Tobago defeated Guatemala 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 in the 10th-place match on the final day of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at the University of Miami.

Krystle Esdelle paced Trinidad & Tobago with a match-high 21 points including 17 kills, three aces and a block. Jalica Ross and Kelly-Anne Billingy added nine points apiece in the victory.

Susana Alvarado Gomez was credited with eight points for Guatemala, which finished 11th in the tournament. Blanca E. Recinos Ocana added six points in the match.

Trinidad & Tobago out-served Guatemala 6-1 in aces and held an 8-5 block margin.

“I don’t think we played well today, and did not have the kind of tournament that we wanted” said Billing, Trinidad & Tobago’s captain. “Now we will go home and prepare for our next tournament.”

“This tournament was a good preparation for the next phase of the World Championship Qualification Tournament in Mexico,” Trinidad & Tobago Head Coach Nicholson Drakes said. “We have a lot more work to do. The players know exactly what to do to be successful in that tournament. I am happy with the performance our team, and I hope to improve going into the next tournament.”

“We didn’t have the consistency during today’s match,” Guatemala captain Aneliesse Burmester said. “We have several new players competing at this level and they looked lost at times.”

“This was a high-level tournament and I am hoping this will serve as motivation for our young team to improve their,” Guatemala Head Coach Julio Dominguez said. “This was the first time for us to play together, and this will surely help train and improve Guatemala volleyball. I want to congratulate USA Volleyball for hosting this event. U.S. shows once again a successful job in logistics and hosting events like this.”