Puerto Rico hosts NORCECA Final Qualifier to Nanjing
CAROLINA, Puerto Rico, April 8, 2014 – The NORCECA Final
Qualification Beach Volleyball Tournament towards the 2014 Youth
Olympic Games in Nanjing will take place in Carolina, Puerto
Rico on April 12-13 with two berths per gender up for grabs.
“The beach volleyball fans will have the chance to watch in
action the stars of the future and to support our teams,” Nelson
Perez Cruz, President of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation,
said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Perez Cruz also expressed the gratitude of the Puerto Rican
Federation to the Mayor of Carolina Jose Carlos Aponte for his
support to bring the event to the city located in the northeast
of the island.
“The support of the Mayor of Carolina is very important to bring
this event here and some others we are going to have during the
summer,” Perez Cruz added.
Twelve pairs per gender will compete in the preliminary pool
play on Saturday with the top two from the four groups advancing
to the single elimination draw on Sunday. The teams reaching the
semifinals secure tickets to Nanjing.
The boys’ division features players representing Bahamas,
Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Honduras,
Nicaragua, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, U.S.
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The countries represented in the girls’ competition are Antigua,
Canada, Cayman Islands, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Mexico,
Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto
Boys' teams registered: Rajahl Moxey/Gage Smith (Bahamas), Andry
Stapleton/Ahkeem Mayers (Barbados), Yahn Florent/Arden Elmes
(Dominica), TBA (El Salvador), TBA (Honduras), Jesus Rodriguez/Luis
Romero (Mexico), Denis Lopez/Luis López (Nicaragua), Daniel
Rivera/Sergio Figueroa (Puerto Rico), Andre Marquis/Alexander
Augier (St. Lucia), Marlon Phillip/Kareem Thomas (Trinidad &
Tobago), Louis Richard/Torey DeFalco (United States) and Carlos
Rosa/Ajai Sweeney (U.S.Virgin Islands).
Girls' teams registered: Natasha Best/Jenna Greer (Antigua),
Nicole NcNamara/Megan McNamara (Canada), Chanta Smith-Johnson/Ileann
Powery (Cayman Islands), Alexandra Calderon/Roxana Avalos (El
Salvador), Jomelar Billy/Cassie Paul (Grenada), Miriam Lobo/Sidney
Moncada (Honduras), Stephanie Burnside/Diana Valdez (Mexico),
Camila Romero/Katerine Montealto (Nicaragua), Adjanis Arosemena/Keisy
Caballero (Panama), Lina Bernier/Valeria Cajigas (Puerto Rico)
and Sigourney Kame/Gabriella Bouterse (Suriname).