Puerto Rican and Canadian girls grab tickets to Nanjing
CAROLINA, Puerto Rico, April 13, 2014 – Teams of Puerto Rico and
Canada scored convincing victories on Sunday to grab the last
two NORCECA available spots to the girls’ beach volleyball of
the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The home girls Lina Bernier and Valeria Cajigas and the Canadian
identical twins Megan and Nicole McNamara joined four other
pairs already qualified to Nanjing by winning different zonal
events last year and early 2014.
Backed by an energetic crowd, Benier and Cajigas overcame a
feisty Mexican duo of Stephanie Burnside and Diana Valdez to win
21-17, 21-18 with well located attacks. The Puerto Rican pair
had to battle three match-points before finally achieving the
Earlier on Sunday, Benier and Cajigas breezed past the
Panamanian team of Adjanis Arosemena and Keysi Caballero 21-6,
The powerful McNamaras crushed Grenada’s Jomelar Billy and
Carsie Paul 21-1, 21-12 and continued with a 21-11, 21-8 victory
over Suriname’s Sigourney Kame and Gabrielle Boutersem to secure
the pass to the Youth Olympics.
The other female teams from NORCECA qualified to Nanjing are the
St Lucia’s Dala Noel and Skye Mondesir, Trinidad & Tobago’s
Chelsi Ward and Malik Davidson, United States’ Suzanne Munno and
Sarah Sponcil and Guatemala’s Natalia Giron and Estefanie
PUR d. PAN 2-0 (21-6, 21-5), MEX d. CRC 2-0 (21-5, 21-12), CAN
d. GRN 2-0 (21-1, 21-12), SUR d CAY 2-0 (21-12, 21-16).
Finals: PUR d. MEX 2-0 (21-17, 21-18), CAN d. SUR 2-0
(21-11, 21-8)). Positions 3-4: MEX d. SUR 2-0 (21-14,
21-16). Positions 5-8: CRC d. PAN 2-0 (21-18, 21-14),
CAY d GRN 2-0 (21-14, 21-10), CAY d CRC 2-0 (21-12, 21-10), PAN
d. GRN 2-0 (21-15, 21-15).Positions 9-12: NCA d. HON 2-0
(21-11,21-15), ESA d. ANT 2-0 (21-10, 21-5).
Girls’ Final Ranking:
1-PUR & CAN, 3-MEX, 4- SUR, 5-CAY 6- CRC, 7- PAN, 8- GRN, 9-NCA,
10-ESA, 11-HON, 12-ANT.