T&T teams sweep B’dos beach vball

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Playing in the final at the Pirates Cove Beach, Bridgetown, Grant and Blackman, the top ranked women’s duo on the T&T circuit so far this season, overcame experienced Barbadian duo, Shari Matthews and Anthazia Mason, 21-15, 21-14.

Earlier in the semifinals, Grant and Blackman, both former T&T “Calypso Spikers” indoor players and multiple-times Caribbean champions overcame another Barbadian duo, Stacey Atherley and Anglesha Hinds, 21-11, 21-9, while Matthews and Mason battled past Sharon Bovell of Barbados, and St Lucia, Dania Hamilton, 27-25, 22-20.

On Saturday in the one-set winner-take-all round-robin phase group matches, Grant and Blackman overcame Tayla Layne and Shenelle Pooler, 21-2 as well as Bovell and Hamilton, 21-17.

In the men’s competition, Williams, who competed at the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championship earlier this year with Marlon Phillip formed a new partnership a few months ago with Stewart.

The T&T duo, showed great team work as they outplayed veteran Barbadian, Elwyn Oxley and Kengie Matthews 21-12, 21-13 in the title decider.

The T&T men had a much tougher outing in the final-four as they were taken to three sets by Jamaica’s Mark Lewis and Barbadian, Winston Gittens 24-26, 21-13, 15-13 while Oxley and Matthews stopped Sheldon Roach and Akeem Mayers, 21-16, 21-12.

Earlier in the tournament, which served off on Saturday with one-set winner-take-all round-robin matches, Stewart and Williams topped their pool by wins over Roach and Mayers 21-15, and Chad Callender and Akeel Oxley 21-11 before beating fellow T&T players, Stephen Enile and Steffon Hutson 22-20 in the quarterfinals.

Enile and Hutson ended as runner-up in their pool after losing to Oxley and Matthews 7-21 and beating Terry Mason and his son, Tegan Mason, 21-15. Oxley and Matthews defeated the Masons’ 21-7 as well.

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