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Middle Blocker Jack set for Japanese vball league

Friday, August 10, 2018
T&T senior women's team volleyballer, Sinead 'The Grenade' Jack relaxes after a match for Turkish Sultanlar Ligi club, Galatasaray during the 2017/2018 season.

T&T international women’s volleyballer, Sinead 'The Grenade' Jack is set to take her game to new heights after signing with Denso Airybees of the Japan Volleyball Women’s Premier League for the 2018/2019 season starting in October.

Jack, 24, a national senior team player since 2011 and nicknamed 'The Grenade' for her explosive spikes from clever short range reverse sets joins the Asian club after two successful years with Turkish Sultanlar Ligi giants Galatasaray, with whom she earned a runners-up medal in 2016/2017 and was fourth in the just concluded 2017/2018 campaign, both locally and in the prestigious European Champions League.

Denso Airybees is also coming off a fourth-placed in the eight-team Japan Premier Volleyball League.

The club is based in the Nishio City, Aichi, Japan and was founded in 1972 with its lone title win coming in the 2013-2014 campaign.

At Denso Airybees, the San Fernando-born Jack will join Germany’s Christiane Furst as the two overseas internationals on the roster.

As a member of the national team, Jack has won numerous individual awards, namely the 2013 NORCECA Championship ‘Best Middle Blocker’ as well as the same award at the 2017 Pan American Cup and the recently concluded Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia.

Prior to signing with the Japanese club, Jack who plays locally for the University of T&T enjoyed stints with Poland’s AZS Bialystok (2010-2013) before moving to Russain club, Uralochka NTMK (2013-2016) and then Galatasaray (2016-2018).

Last month, Jack along with Turkey-based national team-mate Krystle Esdelle combined for 33 points to lead T&T past Suriname (3-0) for a record seventh straight title when the 17th edition of the Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Women’s Championship took place in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Jack has played a hand in T&T's eight titles won in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2017.

Currently, back home training with the Francisco Cruz -led national women’s team, Jack is expected to be a key member of the national team for next month’s debut at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan from September 29 to October 20.

There, the Renele Forde-captained national women’s team, ranked 34th in the world, will face defending champion and world second-ranked USA, fifth-ranked Russia, South Korea (No 10), Thailand (No 16) and Azerbaijan (No 24) at the Kobe Green Arena in Pool C of the 24-team event.


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