Mexicans Virgen and Sarabia qualified into men’s quarterfinals

LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, May 13, 2022 – Mexicans Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia became the first men’s team qualified to the quarterfinals of the La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament on Friday.

Playing a three-team Pool A, Virgen and Sarabia defeated Austin Pipen and Daniel Samuelson of U.S. Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-11, 21-19). Austin/Samuelson had beaten David Vargas and Gabriel Vargas of El Salvador 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-9).

In Pool B, Canada’s Alex Russell and Jake McNeill beat El Salvador Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala  2-0 (21-16, 21-18) and compatriots Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Hugo Rosso-Bonneau 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) to claim top place.

Fecteau-Boutin/Rosso-Bonneau won their first match of the day against Mexico’s Ricardo Galindo and Isaias Aguirre 2-0 (21-11, 21-14) while Flores/Guatemala closed the pool with a 2-1 (21-18, 13-21, 15-9) over Galindo/Aguirre.

In Pool C, Americans William Kolinske and Cory Evans won their two contests. First they edged Mexico’s Jorge Barajas and Gabriel Cruz 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 20-18) and capped their day with a 2-0 (21-13, 22-20) win over Puerto Rico’s Kevin Rodriguez and Josué Rivera. In other pool matches Penny and Shawn Seabrookes of St Kitts and Nevis lost to Rodriguez/Rivera 2-0 (21-8, 21-8) and also to Barajas/Cruz 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).

In Pool D, Americans Thimothy Brewster and Logan Webber won their two outings on Friday. They first beat Bryce Mayer and Brian Kwasny of U.S. Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-11, 21-15) and then defeated Andy Blanco and Luis Garcia of Guatemala 2-0 (21-14, 24-22).

In other matches in Pool D, Blanco/Garcia defeated Costa Rica’s Criforth Lobo and Fabian Guerra 2-0 (21-9, 21-14) while Lobo/Guerra beat Mayer/Kwasny 2-0 (21-16, 21-11).