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T&T pairs blanked in Mexico beach volleyball tourney
The local pairs of Pauline Woodroffe and Elki Phillip (women) and Colin Bernard and Fabien Whitfield (men) experienced a miserable start to the sixth leg of the Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit, losing all five matches contested combined, at the seaside city of Mazatlan, in the Pacific coast of Mexico, on Friday's opening day of competition. The T&T women competing in a five-team Pool A round-robin series of 12 participating pairs ended the first day with a 0-3 record, after losing to Traci Weamer and Allison Fleming (USA-2) 11-21, 8-21; Mexico-3 pairing Vanessa Virgen and Stephanie Burnside by a 4-21, 16-21 margin and Canada-1 duo, Melissa Humana and Taylor Pischke, 12-21, 7-21. Yesterday in their final round-robin match, Phillip and Woodroffe came up against Costa Rica-1, Katherine Quesada and Eugenia Ramirez ahead of the quarterfinal playoffs for positions ninth to 16th.
The Canada-1 duo led after the first day with a 3-0 mark followed by USA-2 (2-0) and Mexico-3 (2-1), while the Costa Ricans, also ended the day without a win from two matches. The tournament in Mexico is the first this year for Woodroffe and only the second on the 2013 circuit for a local women’s team after Phillip and Apphia Glasgow were 12th in their first tournament of the season, in Guatemala, while LaTeisha Joseph and Kinesha Marshall were winless. 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.
Humana and Pishcke of Canada-A, who won the gold medal in Varadero, Cuba, two weeks ago, confirmed their condition as one of the favourite teams to contend for the title, in this Mexican city located at the Pacific Ocean coast, with a 21-14, 21-15 victory over Virgen and Burnside of Mexico-C, and capped off the day with a 2-1 (12-21, 21-15, 15-10) win against Weamer and Fleming of USA-B. In Pool B, Heather Hughes and Lane Carico of USA-A breezed past to a 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) victory over Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro of Costa Rica-B and downed Dariam Acevedo and Vanessa Velez of Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-11, 21-16).
In Pool C, the Mexico-A team of Martha Revuelta and Bibi Candelas won 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) over Kacie Mactavish and Caleigh Whitaker of Canada-B and saw off compatriots Haydee Lopez and Pamela Aguirre of Mexico-B 2-0 (21-12, 21-10). On Friday, the local men’s team of Toco-born duo of Bernard and Whitfield did not fare any better, as they were beaten in their first two of three pool matches, by Mexican teams. In their opener, Bernard and Whitfield went under to Mexico-3’s Ulises Ontiveros and Salvador Frias, 14-21, 14-21; and Mexico-2 pairing Juan Revuelta and Ricardo Galindo, 16-21, 18-21 ahead of their final match yesterday versus USA-1 duo Wil Montgomery and James Drost. Should the T&T men end in the bottom two positions in their Pool D series, they will contest the ninth to 16th playoffs, while a win over the Americans, coupled with some other results in their favour could help secure a top two finish and main draw knockout spot.
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