Participation of NORCECA Teams a success at Beach World
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 28, 2014 – Teams
representing the NORCECA Confederation have been competing in
the age-group FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships held in
Acapulco, Mexico, Larnaka, Cyprus and Myslowice, Poland with the
next event this week the U19 in Porto, Portugal.
The participation of several teams from National Federations
Category I and II have been possible with the financial support
of NORCECA as part of its development plan.
Players from Nicaragua, St Lucia, Costa Rica and Trinidad &
Tobago have had the chance to improve and polish their skills
competing against teams of higher level and developed beach
“These players have been able to participate with the support of
NORCECA as we believe that competing against the big countries
they can develop their abilities and have the chance to get
familiar with the international environment,” NORCECA President
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz said.
“Beach Volleyball is growing up rapidly within NORCECA and these
young players are the stars of the future and will represent
their countries in our annual circuit with fair chances against
the traditional top teams,” Marte Hoffiz added.
Women’s teams of United States and Canada have won gold medals
thus far with the Americans Morgan Martin and Kathryn Plummer
claiming the gold medal at the U17 Championship in Acapulco,
Mexico and Canadians Sophie Bukovec and Tiadora Miric winning
the U21 Championship in Larnaka, Cyprus.
On the other hand, Americans Lara Dykstra and Janice Pardon
finished with a women’s silver medal at the U23 Championship in
Myslowice, Poland where Canadians Melissa Humana and Taylor
Pischke won the bronze medal.
Also teams from Puerto Rico and Mexico have obtained important
results in the different tournaments held this year.
At the U17 World Championship in Acapulco, Mexico,
Morgan Martin and Kathryn Plummer of United States defeated
compatriots Joy Dennis and Halley Hallgren in a three-set battle
that lasted 50 minutes to win the girls’ gold medal. The
line-score was 20-22, 21-18, 15-13.
In the semifinals, Martin/Plummer posted a 21-15, 17-21, 15-12
victory over Graudina/Gamberga of Latvia while Dennis/Hallgren
defeated Dogan/Ilgin of Turkey 21-17, 21-19.
Mexican teams of Rocio Ramirez and Ana Aldape and Isis Camacho
and Olga Parra and Puerto Ricans Robilee Frederick and Natalia
Cruz reached the second round of the knockout phase. Ramirez/Aldape
were outlasted by Martin/Plummer 21-15, 21-12, Camacho/Torres
were eliminated by Kloda/Warczyglowa of Poland while
Frederick/Cruz lost to Dogan/Ilgin 21-17, 9-21, 15-9.
In the first round, Ramirez/Aldape won 21-11, 21-14 over Van
Rensburg/Johnson of Australia, Camacho/Parra beat Portugal’s
Lacerda/Vasques 21-11, 21-19 while Frederick/Cruz received a bye
as winners of Pool A.
In Pool A, Frederick/Cruz downed Evans/Kaashoek of England
21-10, 21-18, Van Rensburg/Johnson 21-15, 21-8 and Camacho/Parra
18-21, 21-17, 15-9.
Parvir Jhajj/Sharone Evans, CAN, Jordan Pereira/Tariq Sani, CAN,
Charles Mehki/Lurick Simon, LCA, Jose Cardenas/Raymond Stephens,
MEX, Carlos Hernández/Wilfrido Martinez, MEX, Cesar Velasco/Cuahtemoc/Cazarrubias,
MEX, Ricardo Muratti/Gustavo Buitrago, PUR, Will Bantle/Robert
Mullahey, USA, Lucas Lossone/Aidan Browne, USA.
Quinci Birker/Natalie Livingston, CAN, Lucia Gomez/Irene Gomez,
CRC, Nikita Greenidge/Skye Mondesir, LCA, Isis Camacho/Olga
Parra, MEX, Daniela Garcia/Martha Luna, MEX, Rocio Ramirez/Ana
Aldape, MEX, Daniela Torres/Alejandra Tapia, MEX, Robilee
Frederick/Natalia Cruz, PUR, Joy Dennis/Halley Hallgren, USA,
Morgan Martin/Kathryn Plummer, USA.
At the U21 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus,
Canadians Sophie Bukovec and Tiadora Miric won the women’s gold
medal with a 21-19, 18-21, 15-10 victory against Dumauskaite/Povilaityte
of Lituania and USA’s Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes won the bronze
with a 21-16, 21-23, 15-7 win over Betschart/Eiholzer of
In semifinals Bukovec/Miric defeated Betschart/Eiholzer 23-21,
25-23 while Hughes/Claes lost to Dumauskaite/Povilaityte 21-19,
In the men’s segment, Puerto Ricans Sergio Figueroa and Arnel
Cabrera and USA’s Branden Clemens and William Bantle advanced to
the second round of the main draw. Both teams won two matches in
In the first round Figueroa/Cabrera edged Krattiger/Zandberger
of Switzerland 19-21, 21-14, 15-13 while Clemens/Bantle
prevailed against Bouter-van de Velde of Netherlands 13-21,
21-19, 15-11. In the second round the Puerto Rican pair lost to
Russians Leshukov/Margiev 21-16, 21-18 while the Americans were
defeated by Sorum/Mol of Norway 21-13, 21-15.
In Pool E, Figueroa/Cabrera won 21-15, 21-13 over Benes/Perusic
of Czech Republic and 23-21, 21-13 over Nicaraguans Mora/Lopez.
Clemens/Bantle won 21-14, 21-13 over Lombi/Kamara of Slovenia
and 21-5, 21-11 against Sheldon/Darnell of St Lucia.
SergiyGrabovskyy/Chris Towe, CAN, Liam Palmer/Lucas Palmer, CAN,
Sheldon Descartes/Darnell Eudoxie, LCA, Jose Jurado/Miguel
Cardenas, MEX, Ruben Mora/Miguel Lopez, NCA, Sergio Figueroa/Arnel
Cabrera, PUR, Branden Clemens/William Bantle, USA, Hagen
Smith/Christopher Orenic, USA.
Sophie Bukovec/Tiadora Miric, CAN, Megan McNamara/Nicole
McNamara, CAN, Yulianna Gonzalez/Gabriela Arias, CRC, Skye
Mondesir/Dala Noel, LCA, Jocelyn Diaz/Gloria Santoyo, MEX,
Osiris Juarez/Socorro Lopez, NCA, Gabriela Roman/Carola Biver,
PUR, Sara Hughes/Kelly Claes, USA, Delaney Knudsen/Alexa
At the U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland,
USA’s Lara Dykstra and Janice Pardon finished with the women’s
silver medal after losing to Australians Nicole Laird and
Mariafe Artacho 21-19, 17-21, 15-7 in the final match. In semis
they won 21-15, 21-13 over Lahti/Parkinnen of Finland.
Canadians Melissa Humana and Taylor Pischke won the bronze medal
with a 2-1 (21-18, 14-21, 15-10) victory over Lahti/Parkinnen.
In semifinals they lost to Laird/Artacho (18-21, 22-20, 15-9).
In the men’s division, Puerto Ricans Kevin Rodríguez and
Cristian Encarnación and USA Alex Jones and Kyle Stevenson
advanced to the main draw with both teams losing their first
Rodriguez/Encarnación lost to Bolgov/Kirienko of Russia 21-17,
21-16. In Pool B they won Tevin/Deonath of Trinidad and Tobago
21-5, 21-13 and Ukrainians Kravets/Denysenko 21-12, 21-11.
Jones/Stevenson lost to Tvinde/Mohl of Norway 21-15, 21-15. In
Pool A they won 21-11, 21-19 over Jovanovic/Slurla of Serbia and
21-19, 21-17 over Canadians Simone/Burlacu.
Dallas Keith/Aaron Musbaum, CAN, Greg Simone/Gabriel Burlacu,
CAN, Andrés Flores/Víctor Alpizar, CRC, Cohen Caesar/Agustin
Faulkner, LCA, Juan Revuelta/Ricardo Galindo, MEX, Gerson
Contreras/Miguel López, NCA, Kevin Rodríguez/Cristian
Encarnación, PUR, Joseph Tevin/Tarandath Deonath, TRI, Alex
Jones/Kyle Stevenson, USA, Clay Paulin/Skyler McCoy, USA
Sophie Bukovec/Tiadora Miric, CAN, Melissa Humana/Taylor Pischke,
CAN, Denise Wooding/Charlotte Sider, CAN, Angie Montero/Valeria
Valenciano, CRC, Kerin Neptune/Tyna William, LCA, Gloria Santoyo/Frida
López, MEX, Gabriela Roman/Lina Bernier, PUR, Lara Dykstra/Jace
Pardon, USA, Sara Hughes/Kellie Woolever, USA, Kelley Larsen/Betsi