SANTA MARTA, Colombia, November 22, 2022.- Beach Volleyball of the inaugural Central American and Caribbean Sea and Beach Games Santa Marta 2022 are set to start on Wednesday at the Santa Marta Multisport Park “500 años” in El Rodadero.
The tournament will be played from November 23 to 26 with sixteen teams per gender representing 21 countries, divided into four pools.
Pool composition in the women’s division
POOL A Puerto Rico, Suriname, U.S. Virgin Islands, Colombia;
POOL B Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Venezuela
POOL C Cuba, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica
POOL D Nicaragua, Mexico, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia
Pool composition in the men’s division
POOL A Colombia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, St. Vincent and Grenadines
POOL B Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Haiti
POOL C Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, Curacao
POOL D Mexico, Cuba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia
On the eve of the competition, teams were officially registered during the preliminary inquiry conducted by three-time Olympic Champion Mireya Luis, NORCECA Executive Vice President and International Technical Supervisor for the event.
Mireya Luis explained that she has no doubt the most attractive sport of the Santa Marta Games will be Beach Volleyball, “our sport always attracts spectators, thanks to its energy and beach volleyball players spectacular performance”.
The preliminary pool-play round will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, with pool winners advancing to the quarterfinals. Second and third placed teams will play the eight finals on Friday, the winners advance to quarterfinals that same day. Quarterfinal winners advance to Saturday’s semifinals and finals.
Wednesday´s schedule of sixteen matches (eight per gender) begins with two women’s simultaneous pool C battles between Cubans Amanda Gisel Armanteros and Jennifer Rivera facing Gabriela Funes and Sofía Velásquez of El Salvador and Alexandria Victoria Ashman with Chevonna Aliya Lewis of Jamaica against Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon of Trinidad and Tobago.
ANT Jossanne Lewis/Nia Serena Benjamin; BAR Dei Padmore/Serena Edwards; CAY Chlouie Gaetos/Deajra Tulloch; COL Ana Fernanda Beltrán/Vanessa Carolina Buenañoz; CRC Kianny Araya/Ximena Nuñez; CUB Amanda Gisel Armanteros/Jennifer Rivera; ESA Gabriela Funes/Sofía Velásquez; JAM Alexandria Victoria Ashman/Chevonna Aliya Lewis; MEX Abril Cristina Flores/Esperanza Katherine Albarrán; NCA Alejandra Rosales/Nahima Silva; PUR Allanis Navas/María González; LCA Chenoa Lucy Evans/Clio Isabelle Phillip; SUR Shaniva Shaya Balkaran/Sharon Shivani Balkaran; TTO Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon; ISV Khrysti Rosa/Tia Kim Hughes; VEN Luisana Nazareth Linares/ Yhonnielis Ariagna Camacho.
COL Juan Noriega/Yefferson De La Hoz; CRC Crifforth Fallas Lobo/José Pablo Fernández; CUB Luis Alayo/Noslen Díaz; CUR Dimanche Leonard Elsevijf/Timothy Justin Van Henneigen; DOM Hayerling Francisco De Jesús/Oscar José Martínez; ESA Cristopher Guardado/Yoel Guardado; HAI Olando Joseph/Rony Fleridor; MEX Alexis Alfredo Galicia/Isaías Oziel Aguirre; NCA Cristopher Cascante/Jefferson Cascante; PUR Franco Ignacio Roark/Lorenzo Antonio Rivera; LCA Lorenzo Richard Jn Pierre/Rio Jaden Victor; SKN Clarique Tefali Ward/Zendal Vishawn Richards; VIN Asmond Franklyn/Enrico Louraine; TTO Joshuea Persaud/Nicholas Williams; ISV Andreas Bump/William Shaw; VEN Juliangel Zaid Vargas/Willian José Pérez.