Three NORCECA tandems advance to La Paz Challenge Main Draw
LA PAZ, Mexico, March 16, 2023.- Thee NORCECA tandems, Savvy Simo/Toni
Rodriguez (USA) in women, Sam Schachter/Dan Dearing (CAN) and Jorge
Alayo/Noslen Diaz (CUB) in men from the qualifier matches on Thursday,
advanced in the main draw of the 2023 Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour La
American team of Savvy Simo and Toni Rodriguez, was responsible for the
elimination of third-seeded Austrians Katharina Schützenhöfer and Lena
Plesiutschnig. The 14th-seeded Americans advanced in an empathic way,
securing a 21-12, 21-16 win.
Simo and Rodríguez join other four American teams, number one-seeded
Sara Hughes/Kelly Cheng and second-seed Kristen Nuss/Taryn Kloth, Kelley
Kolinske/Hailey Harward and Megan Kraft/Emily Stockman, and the Mexican
pair of Abril Flores/Atenas Gutiérrez.
Also appearing in the La Paz Challenge main draw (men) will be
fourth-seeded Sam Schachter/Dan Dearing of Canada and eighth-seeded
Jorge Alayo/Noslen Diaz of Cuba.
The Canadian team of Sam Schachter and Dan Dearing earned a bye into the
second round where they downed Gianluca Dal Corso and Marco Viscovich of
Italy 2-0 (22-20, 23-21) and
Cuban duo Jorge Alayo and Noslen Diaz eliminated Americans William
Kolinske and Hagen Smith 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-13) and Germans Robin
Sowa and Lukas Pfretzschner 2-0 (21-15, 21-15).
The other NORCECA men entering the main draw are Juan Virgen and Miguel
Sarabia of Mexico, alongside Americans Trevor Crabb/Theodore Brunner and
Chaim Schalk/Tri Bourne.
The main draw begins on Friday, at 9:00 local time (16:00 UTC), and 52
matches are scheduled to take place during the day. The entire pool play
schedule will be completed on Friday and only 16 of the 24 teams in each
gender will progress for Saturday, when the Round of 16 and the
quarterfinals will be held. The semifinals and the medal matches will
take place on Sunday.
Schedule and Results:
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