Six unbeaten men’s duos in Varadero
VARADERO, Cuba, May 10, 2019 - The two male couples from Cuba
and the United States, as well as those representing Nicaragua
and Puerto Rico, went undefeated in the pool play phase of the
NORCECA Circuit stop which is completed this Saturday along with
the quarterfinals on the beach next to the Barceló Solymar Hotel
in this international spa.
Sergio González-Luis Reyes (CUB-1) and Rubén Mora-Denis López
(NIC) of group A; Eric Zaun-Ian Satterfield (USA-1) in B; Josué
Rivera-Kevin López (PUR) in C, and Troy Field-Ty Loomis (USA-2)
and Yosvany Carrasco-Karell Piña (CUB-2) were the best
performers and favorites to secure a spot in the semifinals on
Sunday, when the dispute for the highest of the podium also
The host leaders and medalists of three colors in the previous
phases Gonzalez and Reyes easily dominated Miguel Lopez
Junior-Jordan Lake (Virgin Islands) 2-0 (21-4, 21-2) and José
Miguel González-Jason Quintero (Panama) 2-0 (21-8, 21-15).
The same Mora and Denis Lopez beat the Panamanians 2-0 (21-12,
21-11) and Jon Isaacs and Kyle Wilson, of the Bahamas, 2-0
In Pool B Eric Zaun-Ian Satterfield (USA-1) beat Richard Smith
and Sebastián Valenciano (Costa Rica) 2-1 (21-14, 21-23, 15-7)
and Bryton Codd-Gabriel Núnez, of Belize, 2-0 (21-12, 21-10).
The silver medalists in the previous manga, Andy Leonardo-Luis
Garcia (Guatemala) defeated Bryton Codd-Gabriel Núñez (Belize)
2-0 (21-18, 21-15), but fell to Smith and Valenciano 2-1 (8-21,
In Pool C, Puerto Ricans Josué Rivera-Kevin López scored success
against Salvadorans Carlos "Tato" Escobar-David Vargas 2-0
(21-16, 21-15) and Gabriel Burlacu-Liam Kopp (CAN-2) also in
straight sets (22-20, 21-13).
Burlacu and Kopp defeated Dominicans Víctor Castillo-Alex Medina
2-0 (32-30, 21-16) with a first set of fright at midday when the
sun was at its best, but precisely trying to protect the
players, among other aspects, in Varadero for the first time
some games were played at night.
The Salvadorans Tato Escobar and Pepe Vargas defeated the
Dominicans 2-0 (21-18, 21-17).
In Pool D, Troy Field-Ty Loomis (USA-2) beat the Trinidadians
Marlon Phillip-Daynte Stewart 2-0 (21-11, 21-19) and Ivan
Reka-Simón Fecteau (CAN-1) by 2 -0 (21-14, 21-17).
Also Yosvany Carrasco and the experienced Karell Piña (CUB-2)
beat the Canadian main team 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-6), as well as
Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 (21-19, 21 -17), a team able to present
more resistance taking advantage of the evident but dangerous
confidence of the locals.
On Saturday ends the contests in each group, practically of pure
procedure, to then enjoy the quarterfinals starting at the
twilight in a scenario of this phase that since 2011 is
organized without interruption and each time with better
conditions and surprises for all participants.
Men’s Results Friday:
Pool A: CUB-1
d ISV 2-0 (21-4, 21-2); NCA d PAN 2-0 (21-12, 21-11); CUB-1 d
PAN 2-0 (21-8, 21-15); BAH d ISV 2-0 (21-10, 21-11); PAN d ISV
2-0 (21-6, 21-10); NCA d BAH 2-0 (21-8, 21-7) Pool B: GUA
d BIZ 2-0 (21-18, 21-15); USA-1 d CRC 2-1 (21-14, 21-23, 15-7);
USA-1 d BIZ 2-0 (21-12, 21-10); CRC d GUA 2-1 (8-21, 21-12,
15-12) Pool C: PUR d ESA 2-0 (21-16, 21-15); CAN-2 a DOM
2-0 (32-30, 21-16); ESA d DOM 2-0 (21-18, 21-17); PUR d CAN-2
2-0 (20-22, 13-21). Pool D: USA-2 d a TTO 2-0 (21-11,
21-19); CUB-2 d CAN-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-6); CUB-2 d TTO 2-0
(21-19, 21-17); USA-2 d CAN-1 (21-14, 21-17).