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Mexicans Cruz and Burnside score major upset


VARADERO, Cuba, July 14, 2017 – Paulette Cruz and Stephanie Burnside of Mexico-A upset the champions of the previous phase Jamie Broder and Sophie Bukovec of Canada-A with a 2-0 (21-19, 22-20) outcome in opening day of the fourth stage of NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit.


The Mexicans had won against Natalia Giron and Estephanie Bethancourt (Guatemala) 2-0 (23-21, 21-13) and lead the Group C, they would eventually win on Saturday against Brenda Allen/Genelle Howell, who lost both their outings.


The three pairs of Cuba and United States-B also are undefeated at 2-0 after the conclusion of the actions of day one at Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas Hotel.


In Pool A, the winners at La Paz and Cayman Islands, Leila Martinez and Lidianny Echeverría and the visitors Jace Pardon and Lara Dykstra; in Pool B, the young debutants Maylen Deliz and Arlin Hechavarria and in Pool C, the vice champions in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Lianma Flores and Yanildeydis Sanchez.


Leila/Lidy and Pardon/Dykstra both scored victories over Nicaragua’s Mendoza/Loelette and Hendrick/Ibarra (Mexico-B) all matches in two sets, and they will face each other with the two teams already qualified to next round.


Hosts Deliz/Arlin overcame Megan Nagy/Marie Lapointe (Canada-B) by scores of 21-14, 22-20 and Melanie Valenciana/Katherine Walker of U.S. Virgin Islands by 21-11, 21-11 in Pool B.


Lianma and Yanileydis in Pool B dominated Karissa Cook/Katherine Spieler of United States-A and Fanny Katarzayski/Stephanie Rousell of Guadeloupe by scores of 21-19,21-15 and 21-7, 21-3, respectively.


Women’s Friday Results

Group A: USA-B d NCA 2-0 (21-8, 21-9); CUB-A d MEX-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-10); CUB-A a NCA 2-0 (21-14, 21-9), USA-B d MEX-B 2-0 (21-12, 21-16)


Group B: CRC d ISV-B 2-1 (18-21, 21-10, 15-13); CUB-B d CAN-B 2-0 (21-14, 22-20); CAN-B d CRC 2-0 (25-23, 21-14), CUB-B d ISV-B 2-0 (21-11, 21-11),


Group C: MEX-A d GUA 2-0 (23-21, 21-13; CAN-A d SKN 2-0 (21-12, 21-15), MEX-A d CAN-A 2-0 (21-19, 22-20); GUA d SKN 2-0 (21-9, 21-15)


Group D: USA-A d ISV-A 2-0 (21-1, 21-9); CUB-C d GDP 2-0 (21-7, 21-3); CUB-C d USA-A 2-0 (21-19, 21-15), ISV d GDP 2-0 (21-10, 21-15)