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Cuba, USA and Canada in Women’s Semifinals at La Paz

 

LA PAZ, Mexico, April 8, 2012 – Cubans Lidiannis Echeverria and Leila Martinez will face the challenge from the USA team of Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint in the semifinals of La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament while two Canadian duos will be pitted in the other Final Four contest on Sunday.

 

Defending champion Brandie Wilkerson, playing this time with Heather Bansley will meet fellow Canadians Kristina May and Taylor Pischke in the other semifinal match.

 

The very athletic Echeverria and Martinez cruised past Nicaragua’s Swan Mendoza and Lolette Rodriguez 2-0 (21-10, 21-11) despite the effort by the losing pair.

 

Larsen and Flint also had an easy route to the semifinals following their 2-0 (21-11, 21-9) victory against Costa Rica’s Valerie Valenciano and Marcela Araya.

 

Wilkerson and Bansley of Canada-A advanced to the semifinals following a grueling three-set 2-1 (28-26, 15-21, 15-9) victory over Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day of United States-A.

 

May and Pischke advanced with a comfortable victory 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) over Mexico’s Claudia Rios and Xitlali Herrera.

 

Saturday’s Women Results

 

Pool A: CAN-A d CRC 2-0 (21-18, 21-2). Pool B: USA-B d CAN-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-15), Pool C: USA-A d MEX-A 2-0 (21-10, 21-12). Quarterfinals: CUB d NCA 2-0 (21-10, 21-11), CAN-B d MEX-A 2-0 (21-15, 21-15), CAN-A d USA-A 2-1 (28-26, 15-21, 15-9), USA-B d CRC 2-0 (21-11, 21-9).