Dominican Republic, April 16, 2022 – The men’s
teams of Cuba and United States sealed their
tickets to the semifinals of the Santo Domingo
Qualifier to the FIVB Beach Volleyball following
their two victories on Saturday to win their
Both winning duos needed three sets in their
second outings of the day before claiming the
The Cubans Noslen Díaz and Jorge Luis Alayo won
their first match of the day over Mexico’s
Gabriel Cruz and Isaías Aguirre 2-0 (21-15,
21-18) in Pool B and returned in the evening to
outduel Puerto Rico’s Kevin Gutierrez and Juan
Ribas 2-1 (23-25, 21-19, 15-6) in 55 minutes.
The men’s action in Pool A saw the American pair
of Taylor Crabb and Taylor Sander breezing past
the father and son duo of David and Gabriel
Vargas of El Salvador 2-0 (21-10, 21-17) and
then overcame a tough Guatemala team of Andy
Blanco and Luis García 2-1 (21-19, 22-24, 15-10)
in 44 minutes.
Guatemala relied on the powerful services of
Blanco to beat Vargas/Vargas of El Salvador 2-0
(21-11, 21-15) while Rodríguez/Ribas defeated
Cruz/Aguirre 2-0 (21-18, 21-16=.
In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Blanco/García will
clash against Cruz/Aguirre while Rodríguez/Ribas
will play against Vargas/Vargas.