Cuba, Canada B and Puerto Rico unbeaten in first day
ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, Guatemala, May 9, 2014. - Cubans Sergio
Gonzalez/Nivaldo Diaz, Cameron Wheelan/Micheal Plantinga of
Canada B and Roberto Rodriguez/Eric Haddock of Puerto Rico
remained unbeaten after the conclusion of the first day of pool
play activity at Antigua Guatemala, the Third Stage of the 2014
The nice weather of Antigua Guatemala, along with the
spectacular view of the Agua Volcano, welcomed beach players as
they arrived to the beach courts installed at the cities multi
sports complex to get the tournament started.
Sergio Gonzalez and Nivaldo Diaz of Cuba in Pool D had another
strong beginning with two solid wins. Their first victory was
over Luis Morales/Franklin Flores of ESA-B by 21-9, 21-10 and
the second to local team Andy Blanco/Erick Garrido of GUA-B by
Cameron Wheelan/Micheal Plantinga of CAN-B beat Derek
Olson/Kevin McColloch of USA-A recovering from losing the first
set and took an important victory of 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-13)
in Pool A. Wheelan/Plantinga finished day one with victory
against Richard Campbell/Duncan Hamann of CAY 21-12, 21-6.
Another unbeaten team was Puerto Rican Roberto Rodriguez/Eric
Haddock in Pool B, starting with an easy victory over young
Erick Flores/Mark Alvarez of GUA-C by 21-9, 21-8.
Rodriguez/Haddock sealed a perfect record defeating Tarandath
Deonath/Tevin Joseph of TTO by 2-0 (21-11, 21-13).
Derek Olson/Kevin McColloch of USA-A defeated Nicaraguans Miguel
Lopez/Henry Hernandez 2-0 (21-14, 21-12) in Pool A, who won over
Richard Campbell/Duncan Hamann of CAY by 2-0 (21-14, 21-18).
While in Pool B, Carlos Escobar and David Vargas of ESA-A beat
Tarandath Deonath/Tevin Joseph of TTO 21- 14, 21-11.
Only two matches were played in Pool C, with winners Simon
Fecteau Boutin/James Battiston of CAN-A over Adam Roberts/Billy
Kolinske by 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) and Julio Recinos with Luis
Garcia of GUA-A defeating Honduras’ Obed Gamez/Manuel Serrano
having trouble to get their victory in the second set 21-12,
Both B teams of Guatemala Andy Blanco/Erick Garrido and El
Salvador Luis Morales/Franklin Flores managed to beat Diego
Alpizar/Rooper Espinoza of Costa Rica, in Pool D.
Pool play resumes on Saturday, followed by the quarterfinals.
Men’s results Friday: Pool A:
CAN-B d USA-A 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-13); NCA d CAY 2-0 (21-14,
21-18); USA-A d NCA 2-0 (21-14, 21-12); CAN-B d CAY 2-0 (21-12,
21-6); Pool B: PUR d GUA-C 2-0 (21-9, 21-8); ESA-A d TTO
2-0 (21-14, 21-11); PUR d TTO 2-0 (21-11, 21-13); Pool C:
CAN-A d USA-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-14); GUA-A d HON 2-0 (21-12,
30-28); Pool D: GUA-B d CRC 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 22-20);
CUB d ESA-B 2-0 (21-9, 21-10); ESA-B d CRC 2-0 (21-19, 21-12);
CUB d GUA-B 2-0 (21-15, 21-14).