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Blake, Williams out Puerto Rico main draw
Local men’s pair of Simon Blake and Daneil Williams had a tough opening day to start the seventh leg of the Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit at the Porta del Sol Beach Volleyball Tournament at Boqueron, Puerto Rico on Friday. Following last week’s winless effort by another Toco-born duo of Colin Bernard and Fabien Whitfield in Mazatlan, Mexico, Blake and Williams were hopeful of at least advancing to the main draw knockout stage. However, competing in a very tough four-team Pool D of the 14-team tournament, the T&T boys were beaten by Canada-B duo, Josh Binstock and Samuel Schachter 19-21, 8-21 and also went under to Puerto Rico-B pairing, Victor Rivera and Erik Haddock, 18-21, 18-21 ahead of their final round-robin pool match versus fellow winless duo, USA-1’s Nicolas Lucena and Theodore Brunner.
With both teams ending the first day with a 0-2 record, they stood no chance of qualifying to the main draw knockout and were to play for ninth to 14th spot while the teams of Canada-B and Puerto Rico-B both qualified ahead of their group decider encounter. Another Puerto Rican pair to advance was Roberto Rodriguez and Hector Soto of Puerto Rico-A, who won their two matches on Friday to secure the top place in Pool A. Rodriguez/Soto won 21-13, 21-11 over Erick Garrido and Luis Garcia of Guatemala and then triumphed 21-17, 21-17 against Mitchel Daniel and Eargenel De Cuba of Aruba-A. The Canada-A team of Grant O’Gorman and Sam Pedlow also claimed a pair of wins in Pool C over Derek Olson and Kevin McColloch of USA-B 21-15, 21-14 before crushing Fransua Angela and Gino Hodge of Aruba-B, 21-8, 21-8.
In their only outing yesterday, Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen of Mexico, winners of four tournaments this year, stormed past Curacao’s Dewin Colina and Giandro Tokaay 21-8, 21-11.
Last weekend, the T&T team on Whitfield and Bernard were 15th out of 16 teams in Mazatlan, Mexico after failing to win any of their four matches, while the local women’s team of Elki Phillip and Pauline Woodroffe, were 12th of 13 teams with a 0-5 mark. The other local women’s team of Ayanna Dyette and Nancy Joseph, twice fourth placed finishers on the tour last year were still in medal contention at the end of the Friday’s first day of competition in their four-team Pool C round-robin series. Dyette and Joseph were beaten by USA-1’s Kirby Burham and Lane Carico, 9-21, 12-21 but rebounded to outclass Hondurans, Sara Pino and Martha Kerube Euceda, 21-12, 21-14 to end the first day with a 1-1 record, the same as Puerto Rico-3 players, Valeria Cajigas and Yamiana Ramos, whom they faced in a battle for second spot in their final match yesterday and with it, a spot in the main draw knockout.
The two teams representing Canada in the women’s division, Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh (Canada-A) and Kerri Smit and Victoria Cowley (Canada-B) came out undefeated in the first day of action. The remainder of the tour for this season will feature stops in San Diego, USA (October 2-7), St Lucia (October 9-14), Costa Rica (October 30 to November 4) and T&T, from November 13-18. In Puerto Rico, the matches will be played at the Central American and Caribbean Stadium, the same site where the championship of the 2010 Mayaguez Games took place. Twelve (12) selected matches of the event, including those for the medals, will be exclusively telecasted via DirectTV, channel 161.
Puerto Rico will be represented by the teams of Rodriguez/Soto and Rivera/Haddock among the men while Dariam Acevedo and Vanessa Velex and Eva Torruella and Lina Bernier will do it in the female event. Rodriguez and Soto took home the bronze medal at the Mazatlan Beach Volleyball Tournament that concluded last Sunday in Mexico with victories for the local teams of Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros (men) and Bibi Candelas and Martha Revuelta (women), both of whom will participate in Puerto Rico as well. Fifteen (15) men’s pairs and 13 women’s duets have registered thus far to take part in the competition, including the champions of Mazatlan. The teams will be divided into pools for a qualification round and the top pairs will advance to a single-elimination bracket.
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