USA, Canada, Guatemala and Mexico in Men’s Semifinals at La Paz
LA PAZ, Mexico, June 8, 2019. - Teams from United States,
Canada-B, Guatemala and Mexico-A will play the semifinals at La
Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fifth leg of the NORCECA
Advancing into Sunday’s semifinals are Kyle Friend and Travis
Mewhirter of United States facing top-seeded Andy Leonardo and
Luis Garcia of Guatemala, and Canadian duo of Mathew Donovan
alongside Fiodar Kazhamiaka against Mexicans Angel Sarabia and
In the biggest surprise of the event, United States’ Kyle Friend
and Travis Mewhirter struggled to outplay Bryton Codd and
Francis Hauze of Belize in three sensational sets 2-1 (21-14,
20-22, 15-13). The American duo recovered from a seven point
deficit (7-14) in set two, but still needed the tie-break to
contain the strength of Belize.
Guatemalans Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia, who also reached
semifinals in Aguascalientes and Nicaragua where they won the
silver medal, had to face long time Central American opponents
Ruben Mora and Dany Lopez of Nicaragua in quarterfinals.
Leonardo and Garcia won the tough quarterfinal battle in
exciting tie-break 2-1 (21-18, 16-21, 19-17).
Canada’s Mathew Donovan and Fiodar Kazhamiaka won their
quarterfinal match 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) to Costa Rica´s Sebastian
Valenciano and Andrey Quintero. Donovan and Kazhamiaka have had
a splendid tournament remaining unbeaten moving into semifinals.
Miguel Angel Sarabia and Raymond Stephens, second in pool D,
advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 (21-11, 24-22) all Mexican
quarterfinal win over Jesus Alcazar and Francisco Tamayo who
earlier won pool C.
Men’s Results Saturday:
CAN-B d CRC 2-0 (21-19, 21-18); GUA d NCA 2-1 (21-18, 16-21,
19-17); USA d BIZ 2-1 (21-14, 20-22, 15-13); MEX-A d MEX-B 2-0
(21-11, 24-22); Placing matches: CAY d SKN 2-0 (21-17,
21-13); CAN-A d BAH 2-0 (21-15, 21-17); ESA d ISV 2-0
(21-9, 21-8); Pool-play: Pool A: GUA d CAY 2-0 (21-7,
21-8); Pool B: CAN-B d MEX-C 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 17-15);
NCA d SKN 2-0 (21-8, 21-10); Pool C: MEX-C d BIZ 2-0
(21-13, 21-18); ESA d BAH 2-0 (21-10, 23-21); Pool D: MEX-A
d CAN-A 2-0 (21-13, 21-17); USA d ISV 2-0 (21-10, 21-8).