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T&T pairs start Mexico beach v-ball
The local pairs of Pauline Woodroffe and Elki Phillip (women) and Colin Bernard and Fabien Whitfield (men) will both be in action when the Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit resumes with the sixth of 11 legs of competition at the seaside city of Mazatlan in the Pacific coast of Mexico from today until Sunday.
The T&T women will be one of 12 participating teams while the Toco-born men’s duo of Bernard and Whitfield will compete for top honours against 13 other pairs.
The local teams should be in good competitive form as they are both coming off of local qualifying tournaments for the seventh leg which will be staged in Puerto Rico from September 18 to 23.
In the one-day qualifying competition hosted by the T&T Volleyball Federation at the Saith Park, Chaguanas Beach Volleyball Courts on August 27, Whitfield and Bernard were beaten in the final by close friends and former playing partners, Daneil Williams and Simon Blake, 9-21, 20-22.
Earlier on in the semifinals, Williams and Blake swept past Malik Springle and Kadaine Hope 21-16, 21-5 and Whitfield, Williams’ former playing partner on the Norceca circuit paired with Bernard to beat Jason Dennis and Kevin Rivers.
The women’s qualifier was contested on a round-robin basis featuring four teams, and in the decider, Dyette and Joseph, got the better of their former playing partners, Phillip and Joseph, 21-11, 15-21, 15-11 to end with a perfect 3-0 record.
So far this season on the Norceca Circuit, Blake and Williams had to settle for fifth at the third-leg at Campo Marte Park, Guatemala City, Guatemala back in April while they were 11th out of 16 men’s teams in the opening tournament of the season, the fifth edition of the Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball Tournament in March as well as 11th at the fourth leg in Toluca, Mexico (June 6-10), and, seventh of 13 teams in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic on March 31, the second-leg.
Last year, Williams and Whitfield, playing on their home turf at Mission Beach, Toco earned a historic bronze medal for T&T during the final leg of the 2012 tour, the first medal of any kind for T&T in beach volleyball at Norceca level.
Among the women, T&T’s Elki Phillip and Apphia Glasgow were 12th in their first tournament of the season, in Guatemala while LaTeisha Joseph and Kinesha Marshall were winless after no T&T women’s team participated in the first two events in Cayman Islands and Dominican Republic as well as the fourth leg in Mexico and Cuba.
The players shall all be used to the Mazatlan venue as it hosted the final stage of the inaugural Continental Cup towards the 2012 London Olympic Games when capacity crowds watched the action.
The remainder of the tour for the 2013 season will feature stops in Puerto Rico next week, San Diego, USA (October 2-7), St Lucia (October 9-14), Costa Rica (October 30-4) and T&T, from November 13-18.
Canada-A (Melissa Humana/Taylor Pishcke), Canada-B (Kacie MacTavish/Caleigh Whitaker), Costa Rica-A (Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro), Costa Rica-B (Katherine Quesada/Eugenia Ramirez), Guatemala (Maria Jose Orellana/Lourdes Ramirez), Honduras (Gina Flores/Martha Euceda), Mexico-A (Martha Revuelta/Bibi Candelas), Mexico-B (Diana Estrada/Paola Estrada), Puerto Rico (Dariam Acevedo/Vanessa Velez), T&T (Pauline Woodroffe/Elki Phillip), United States-A (Heather Hughes/Lane Carico), United States-B (Allison Fleming/Traci Weamer).
Canada-A (Grant O’Gorman/Sam Pedlow), Canada-B (Josh Binstock/Samuel Schachter), Costa Rica (Esteban Escobar/Jonathan Guevara), Guatemala (Julio Recinos/Luis Garcia), Mexico-A (Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen), Mexico-B (Juan Revuelta/Ricardo Galindo), Nicaragua (Gerald Umaña/Dany Lopez), Puerto Rico-A (Roberto Rodriguez/Hector Soto), Puerto Rico-B (Victor Rivera/Erik Haddock), St Kitts & Nevis (Shawn Seabrookes/St Claire Hodge), T&T (Fabian Whitfield/Colin Bernard), United States-A (William Montgomery/James Avery Drost), United States-B (Kevin McColloch/Derek Olson), US Virgin Islands (Marc Lomeli/Anthony Pippen).
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