USA and one Mexican duo unbeaten at La Paz women’s opening


LA PAZ, Mexico, June 7, 2019. - Devon Newberry/Peri Brennan of USA and  Mexican duo Diana Valdez Lizarraga/María José Quintero finish opening day at La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fifth stop of the NORCECA Tour, with unbeaten record.


Devon Newberry and Peri Brennan of United States started off with their winning streak over the Mexican pair of Stephanie Burnside and Paulette Cruz 2-0 (21-14, 21-18) in pool B. It wasn’t easy to keep their 2-0 mark having to face the resilient duo Socorro Lopez and Lolette Rodriguez of Nicaragua, second seeds of the event, winning a tough 2-1 (26-24, 21-23, 17-15).


On the other hand, the home team of Diana Valdez Lizarraga and María José Quintero in pool C, had no complications in sending off Canadians Iris Fletcher and Abbey Thorup 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) and Cristin Alexander with Chante Smith-Johnson of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-5, 21-12).


In pool A, Mexicans Claudia Ríos and Gloria Santoyo recovered from the loss to Canada’s Devon May and Darby Dunn 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) prevailing to the number one seeded Kathy Vasquez and Maria Fernanda Vargas of El Salvador 2-0 (25-23, 21-13).


Also, Melanie Valenciana/Cristina Almeida-Anz of U.S. Virgin Islands in pool C, collected a 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) victory over Cayman Islands’ Cristin Alexander and Chante Smith-Johnson.


The preliminary round will resume on Saturday, with the two first placed in each group along with the best two third placed will play the quarterfinals.


Women’s Results Friday:

Pool A: CAN-A d MEX-C 2-0 (21-16, 21-13); MEX-C d ESA 2-0 (25-23, 21-13)

Pool B: USA d MEX-B 2-0 (21-14, 21-18); USA d NCA 2-1 (26-24, 21-23, 17-15)

Pool C: ISV d CAY 2-0 (21-17, 21-14); MEX-A d CAN-B 2-0 (21-12, 21-12); MEX-A d CAY 2-0 (21-5, 21-12).