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Cubans Echeverría and Martinez win second title of the year

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, April 23, 2017 – Cubans Lidiannis Echeverria and Leila Martinez captured their second gold medal of the year in as many attempts by winning the women’s segment of the Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball Tournament at Seven Mile Beach on Sunday.

Echeverria and Martinez, who had won the opening event of 2017 NORCECA Circuit two weeks ago in La Paz, Mexico, prevailed in a three-setter against Jace Pardon and Lara Dykstra of United States-B 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-9).

Both teams were coming from tough semifinal matches that also went to the three-set limit. The Cubans edged Canada’s Jamie Broder and Caleigh Whitaker 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-10) in exactly 60 minutes, while the American duo had edged compatriots and defending champions Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen 2-1 (22-20, 18-21, 15-13).

In the match for third place, Broder/Whitaker defeated Flint/Larsen 2-1 (21-16, 22-24, 15-9) in 58 minutes.

Women’s Results on Sunday

Semifinals: USA-B d USA-A 2-1 (22-20, 18-21, 15-13), CUB d CAN-A 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-10). Bronze Medal Match: CAN-A d USA-A 2-1 (21-16, 22-24, 15-9). Gold Medal Match: CUB d USA-B 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-9). Losers’ Quarterfinals: CAY-A d TTO 2-1 (16-21, 21-18, 15-11), CAN-B d ISV 2-0 (21-9, 21-19). Loser’s Semifinals: GUA d PUR 2-0 (21-18, 21-15), NCA d CAY-B 2-0 (21-6, 21-9). Positions 11-12: ISV d TTO 2-0 (21-12, 21-15). Positions 9-10: CAN-B d CAY-A 2-0 (21-9, 21-13). Positions 7-8: PUR d CAY-B 2-0 (21-17, 21-13). Positions 5-6: NCA d GUA 2-1 (10-21, 21-19, 15-8).