Guatemala and Costa Rica to play decisive series



GROS ISLET, St Lucia, May 28, 2016 – It will be a battle between Central Americans when the final series of the Inter Zonal  NORCECA Men’s Beach Volleyball Continental Cup take place on Sunday at Pigeon Point Beach.


Guatemala and Costa Rica both advanced to the series for first place with 3-0 victories over Trinidad & Tobago and U.S. Virgin Islands, respectively, on Saturday. Guatemala’s Julio Recinos and Luis Garcia and Costa Rica’s Bryan Monge and Granier Escobar each recorded two decisive victories.


Despite being somewhat shorter, the men from Guatemala made their intentions clear, as they withstood the many blistering slams and intimidating blocks.  Though team TNT fought valiantly, they seem unable to recover from the constant body blows thrown by their opponents. 


Whether the sun shone or the rain fell, Costa Rica seemed focused on victory as they defeated the United States Virgin Islands.   Costa Rica’s level of intensity seemed amplified as they passed better and spiked even harder.  The USVI did not cower from the challenge but were out classed.     


A cool overcast morning was the backdrop to another intrazonal encounter as St. Lucia defeated Barbados 3 games to 1.   Barbados and St. Lucia were on even keel as both had won one game each.   With the match series in the balance, Bissette and Clercent of St. Lucia used their power game to silence the more experienced “Bajan” team of Elwyn  Oxiey  and  Ronald Rice. St. Lucia’s second team of Tevin ST. Jean and Darnel Eudoxie secured the match by defeating the Barbados second team of Daran Gill and Shaquille Barker.  


Suriname won the series against St. Kitts and Nevis as they sailed to victory with a score line of three games to one (3:1).  While its evident Suriname played well, St. Kitts and Nevis offered some stout resistance with good beach ball skills.  Suriname’s poise and experience made a difference in this game.      


Nicaragua, fresh from their flight difficulties, worked out their frustrations on team Jamaica by taking three games in succession, with the score being 3: 0.  Nicaragua played like a flawless computer program that exploited any weakness in their opposition.  Despite this, Jamaica gave a good account of themselves and improved their score with every game.   


El Salvador was very pragmatic in their 3: 1 defeat of Curacao.  Both teams exhibited good fundamentals, but the former was more businesslike and very consistent.  El Salvador was not deterred but forged ahead to victory.  Curacao though young and inexperienced,  played well and will be a force to reckon with in the future.


A Golden set thriller left the crowd begging for more and crying at the same time as Nicaragua out dueled host St. Lucia 3:2 to win a pivotal match.  The home crowd cheered, screamed as Bissette and Clercent battled Ruben Mora and Dany Lopez in the final two games as gravity defying saves and spectacular spikes were the order of the day.  Unfortunately one red card was issued to a Nicaraguan player for abusing the official.  That unfortunate event was quickly forgotten as Nicaragua celebrated winning an exciting match.


The experienced El Salvador quartet easily defeated their Surinamese counterparts with a score of 3:0.  The Central Americans were relentless in the style of play as they hammered when necessary and finessed when needed.  Surinam also gained some valuable experience from playing such an opponent.


Losers Bracket

St. Lucia 3, Barbados 1

Elwyn Oxiey/Ronald Rice d Tevin St. Jean/Darnel Eudoxie 2-0 (21-18, 21-15), Julian Bissette/Joseph Clercent d Daran Gill/Shaquille Barker 2- 0 (21-7; 21-12), Bissette/ Clercent  d Oxiey/ Rice 2-0 (21-11, 22-20), St. Jean/ Eudoxie  d Gill/ Barker 2-0 (21-15, 21-19).


Nicaragua 3, Jamaica 0

Ruben Mora/Dany Lopez d Stedroy Collins/Rohan Jeffers 2-0 (21-14, 21-6) Denis Lopez/Gerson Contreras d Mark Lewis/Ryck Webb 2-0 (21-18; 21, 17), Mora/Lopez d Lewis/Webb 2-0 (22-20, 21-18).


Suriname 3, St. Kitts & Nevis 1

Keven Sporkslede/Vliet Antoine d Stedroy Collins/Rohan Jeffers 2-0 (21-8, 21-12), St. Claire Hodge/Kemoroy Percival d Joshua Dwarkasing/Frits Roberto Joval 2-0 (21-18, 29-27), Sporkslede/Vliet  d  Hodge/ Percival 2-0 (21-14, 21-19), Dwarkasing/Frits d Collins/Jeffers 2-0 (21-16, 21-13)


El Salvador 3, Curacao 1

Carlos Escobar/David Vargas d Giandro Tokaay/Henrich Daal 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) Franklin Flores/ Armando Guatemala d Darwin Colina/Bonafasia Norandy 2-1 (16-21, 22-20, 15-10) Escobar/Vargas  d  Colina/Bonafasia 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) Flores/Guatemala d Tokaay/Daal 2-0 (24-22, 21-19).


Losers Quarterfinals

Nicaragua 3, St Lucia 2  

Julian Bissette /Joseph Clercent  d Denis Lopez/Gerson Contreras  2-0 (26-24, 21-11), Ruben Mora/Dany Lopez d Tevin St. Jean/Darnel Eudoxie 2-0 (21-14, 21-19), Bissette/Clercent  d Mora/Lopez 2- 0 (21-15, 26-24), Lopez/Contreras d St. Jean/Eudoxie  2-0 (21-17, 21-16), Golden Set: Mora/Lopez d Bissette/Clercent  (16-14).


El Salvador 3, Suriname 0

Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala d Keven Sporkslede/Vliet Antoine 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-8), Carlos Escobar/David Vargas d Joshua Dwarkasing/Frits Roberto Joval 2-0 (21-13, 21-9), Flores/Guatemala d Dwarkasing/Frits 2-0 (21-9, 21-14).



Costa Rica 3, U.S. Virgin Islands 0

Bryan Monge/Grainer Escobar d Marc Lomeli/Jake Dietrich 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) Richard Smith/Sebastian Valenciano d Brian Kwasy/Dillion  Lesniak 2-1 (15-21, 21-10, 16-14), Monge/Escobar d Kwasy/Lesniak 2-0 (21-18, 21-18).


Guatemala 3, Trinidad & Tobago 0

Erik Flores/Erik Garrido d Francois Christian/Colin Bernard 2-0 (21-13, 21-12), Julio Recinos/Luis Garcia d Simon Blake/Daneil Williams 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-11), Recinos/Garcia d Francois/Bernard 2-0 (21-19, 21-13).