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Local women’s duo 14th in Toluca

Published: 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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, 

 

21-14, 

 

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.