Mazatlan hosts NORCECA Continental Cup Finals
Mazatlan, Mexico, June 20, 2012 – Teams representing eight
countries -each composed by two duos- are ready to battle at the
NORCECA Men’s and Women´s Continental Cup Finals, a beach
volleyball competition to be held from June 21 to 23 in Mazatlan,
Mexico, which grants to the winners in both genders one spot in
the 2012 Olympic Games.
Teams of Cuba, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, El Salvador and hosts Mexico all went through the
process of preliminary enquiries and technical meetings on
The teams that finish second and third here still will have a
last chance to make it to London at the FIVB World Cup
Qualification Tournament to be held in Moscow, Russia from June
27 to July 1, where two more Olympic passes are in offer.
Hosts Mexico men’s, represented by the local stars Aldo
Miramontes/Juan Virgen and brothers Ulises and Rodolfo Ontiveros
will kick off the quarterfinals playing against El Salvador. The
other contests of the round see Puerto Rico against Costa Rica,
Cuba facing Guatemala and Canada taking of Nicaragua.
Hosts Mexico, represented by the local heroines Mayra Garcia/Bibiana
Candelas and Vanessa Virgen/Martha Revuelta, will start playing
Nicaragua in a best-of-five series of matches on Thursday
morning. The other quarterfinals series feature Puerto Rico
playing against Costa Rica, Canada challenging El Salvador and
Cuba entertaining Guatemala.
Canada edged Cuba in a golden-set to grab the top place of the
Central Zone of NORCECA Men’s last year in Dominican Republic
where Mexico defeated Puerto Rico for the third position.
outdueled Guatemala in a sensational golden set to claim first
place at the Inter Zonal Tournament at Montelimar, Nicaragua
with Central American teams playing against teams representing
countries from the Caribbean. Nicaragua defeated El Salvador for
the third position.
Cuba claimed first place in the Central Zone of NORCECA Women´s
by outdueling Canada in a golden-set last year in Santo Domingo,
where Mexico defeated Puerto Rico for third spot.
Costa Rica blanked El Salvador for the first spot, while
Guatemala won a golden set against Nicaragua for third place
when teams representing Central America played against those
from the Caribbean Zone last February at Malpais, Costa Rica.
Argentina and Mauritius women’s, from South America and Africa,
respectively, were the first two countries qualified to the
Olympics as Continental Cup winners. The European and Asian
events will take place in Moscow, Russia (June 22-24) and Fuzhou,
China (June 20-24).
Venezuela and South Africa men’s are already qualified while the
European and Asia events will be played in Alanya, Turkey (June
22-24) and Fuzhou, China (June 20-24).
Joshua Binstock /Martin Reader
Christian Redman/Benjamin Saxton
Julio Álvarez/Raúl Sandoval
Gilberto Villegas/Alexander Villegas
Karell Piña/Sergio González
Yaismel Borrell/Yadrian Escobar
Jeovanny Medrano/David Vargas
Luis Morales/Carlos Escobar
Andy Leonardo/Erick Garrido
Julio Recinos/Luis García
Aldo Miramontes/ Juan Virgen
Ulises Ontiveros/ Rodolfo Ontiveros
Gerald Umaña/Dany López
Henry Hernández/David Mayorga
Roberto Rodríguez/Erick Haddock
Orlando Irizarry/Pablo Guzmán
Canada-A: Heather Bansley/Elizabeth Maloney
Canada-B: Annie Martin/ Marie Andree Lessard
Costa Rica-A: Ingrid Morales/Natalia Alfaro
Costa Rica-B: Katherine Quesada/Eugenia Ramírez
Cuba-A: Kirenia Ballard/Onayamis Sinal
Cuba-B: Niriam Sinal/ Ion Canet/
El Salvador-A: Diana Romero/Marcela Ávalos
El Salvador-B: Kathya Vásquez/María Vargas
Guatemala-A: Ingrid López/Lourdes Ramírez
Guatemala-B: Nadia Galán/Ana Villagrán
México-A: Mayra García/Bibiana Candelas
México-B: Vanessa Virgen/Martha Revuelta
Nicaragua-A: Amalia Hernández/Lolette Rodríguez
Nicaragua-B: Elia Torres/Swan Mendoza
Puerto Rico-A: Yarleen Santiago/Yamileska Yantin
Puerto Rico-B: Dariam Avecedo/Tatiana Encarnación.