Puerto Ricans Figueroa and Rivera open with a victory in Nanjing
NANJING, China, August 17, 2014 - Men’s competition started in
the Far East for the NORCECA couples, after a long preparation
period that started a year ago in their different zones.
First matches began at Nanjing Sports Park Complex, where Puerto
Ricans Sergio Figueroa and Daniel Rivera defeated Keyvan Sahneh
and Mohammadreza Shobeiri of Iran, 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) in Pool C.
In Pool A, Saint Vincent’s Rodall Frase and Delshun Welcome
played against Finnish duo of Miro Maattanen and Santeri Siren,
who won 2-0 (21-11,
Meanwhile Shavar Bryan and Rojey Hutchinson of Jamaica faced
Brazil’s Arthur Mariano and George Wanderley, who won 2-0 by
scores of 21-8, 21-12 in 28 minutes in Pool B.
Peruvians Luis Bramont-Arias and Jimy Heredia won against Carlos
Rosa and Ajia Sweeney of Virgin Islands in Pool C (21-10 and
21-6, 23), while in Pool D, Jake MacNeil and Andrew Richards of
Canada, fought hard against Argentineans Santiago Aulisi and
The Canadian duo tied in second set but victory was for the
South Americans 2-1 by scores of 21-13, 19-21 and 15-12 in 50
minutes of game, the longest match of Day one.
In Pool E, Guatemala’s Mark Alvarez and Erik Flores lost 12-21
and 12-21 in 31 minutes against Norway’s Mathias Berntsen and
Action concluded in Pool F with the match played between
Indonesia’s Mohammad Ashfiya and Rendy Licardo, who defeated
Torey DeFalco and Louis Richard, of United States, 2-0 (21-14
and 22-20, in 35 minutes).