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Local women’s duo 14th in Toluca
The local women’s pair of Nancy Joseph and Ayana Dyette, ended in 14th out of 16 teams at the double gender 2014 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit fifth-leg on the sand courts of Huixquilucan at Bosque Real Country Club, Toluca, Mexico, on Sunday.
This follows a 0-3 Pool A round-robin record after they were beaten in their final match on Saturday by USA pair of Tealle Hunkus and Kimberly Mc Given-Dicello, who were considered the pre-tournament favourites after capturing gold medals in Cayman Islands and Guatemala City, 16-21, 13-21.
When the tournament served off on Friday, Dyette and Joseph started well by taking the first set from Nicaraguans, Elia Torres and Jackqueline Torruno 21-19, however the Central Americans then won the next two sets, which were tightly contested as well, 18-21, 12-15 to seal a come-from-behind win.
And in their second outing, Dyette and Joseph were overwhelmed by Mexico-C pairing, Haydee Lopez and Mayra Santa Cruz 14-21, 11-21.
This was the fourth tournament for the local women for the season after they placed 11th in the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands followed by 12th in Guatemala City and a best so far of seventh, in Antigua Guatemala during the Third Leg.
Bibiana Candelas and Martha Revuelta of Mexico 1 won the gold medal after beating Canada-A’s, Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker 21-19, 21-14, their first of the season while “Bibi” conquered the 11 crown of her career in the tour.
USA-A duo, Tealle Hunkus and Kimberly MacGiven got bronze over Canada-B pairing, Brandie Wilkerson and Claudia Seguin 21-15, 18-21, 15-12.
Earlier on Sunday in the semifinals, Candelas and Revuelta defeated Mc Given and Hunkus, 21-17, 21-13 while Mac Tavish and Whitaker defeated Wilkerson and Seguin 21-17, 21-14.
Saturday, in the quarterfinals, Hunkus and Mc Given battled past USA-B’s Kendra Vanzweiten and Allison Daley 14-21, 21-13, 15-10, Revuelta and Candelas ousted Stephanie Burnside and Yesenia Castro of Mexico-B, 21-13, 21-15; Wilkerson and Seguin won by default over Cubans Lianma Flores and Mailen Delis and Mc Tavish and Whitaker stopped Mexico-C’s Lopez and Santa Cruz 21-18,
In the men’s final, Cubans Nivaldo Díaz and Sergio Gonzalez, defeated Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter of Canada-A, 22-20, 21-15 while Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of México-A battled past Beijing 2008 champion Todd Rogers and his partner Theo Brunner 26-24, 14-21, 15-12.
When play resumed on Sunday with semifinal matches, Diaz and Gonzalez won 21-16, 15-21, 15-9 over Virgen and Ontiveros , and Schacther and Binstock overcame Rogers and Brunner, 21-16, 21-18.The next stop on the tour will be the sixth leg in North Bay Canada from July 9 to 14.