Two American duos, Mexico and Canada advance to the Semifinal in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 30, 2023.- The United States pairs formed by Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend and Hagen Smith/Logan Webber, the Canadians Jake MacNeil/William Russell and the Mexicans Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre advanced this Saturday to the Semifinal of the fourth stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour 2023.

Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend defeated the Canadians Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp 2-0 (21-11, 21-19) in the Quarterfinals, while Hagen Smith/Logan Webber defeated the Dominicans Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez 2- 0 21-14, 21-16).

The Canadian duo Jake MacNeil/William Russell dispatched Andy Blanco/Luis García of Guatemala in two sets (21-17, 21-15), while the pair of Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre of Mexico defeated Eddy Toro/Gregory De La Cruz of Aruba 2-0 (21-11, 21-11).

The two United States teams will meet in one of the Semifinals and Mexico and Canada will collide in the other.

The Semifinals will be played this Sunday in the morning.

The other results of the day were:

Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre (MEX) d Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela (CRC) 2-0 (21-17, 22-20), Hagen Smith/Logan Webber (USA) d Zendai Richards/Shawn Seabrookes (SKN) 2-0 (21-6, 21-11), Andy Blanco/Luis García (GUA) d Robert Cronshaw/Bryce Mayer (ISV) 2-0 (21-12, 21-19), Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp (CAN) d Christopher Oxford/Isaac Nelson (GRN) 2-0 (21-14, 21-9), Jake MacNeil/William Russell (CAN) d Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield (TTO) 2-0 (21-15, 21-10), Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend (USA) d Jorge Rosario/Rolvin Maldonado (DOM) 2-0 (21-14, 21-9), Robert Cronshaw/Bryce Mayer (ISV) d Zendai Richards/Shawn Seabrookes (SKN) 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) and Jorge Rosario/Rolvin Maldonado (DOM) d Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela 2-0 (24-22, 21-14).

Two couples from the United States, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are in the Punta Cana Semifinals

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 30, 2023.- Corine Quiggle/Sarah Murphy and Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner from USA, accompanied by the Dominicans Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano and Allanis Navas/María González from Puerto Rico are in the Semifinals of Women of the fourth stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour 2023 in Punta Cana.

The two couples from USA will face each other this Sunday in the first Semifinal, while in the other Semifinal, the Dominican Republic will clash with Puerto Rico.

Corine Quiggle and Sarah Murphy advanced to the Semifinals by beating Katherine Albarrán and Yerai Vidaurrazaga of Mexico 2-0 (21-13, 21-15), while Lexy Denaburg and Molly Turner dispatched Canadians Dana Roskic and Calinda Kok 2-0 ( 21-15, 21,17).

The Dominicans Bethania Almanzar and Julibeth Payano achieved their place by defeating the Costa Ricans Angel Williams and Kianny Quesada in the Quarterfinals 2-0 (23-21, 21-13), while Allanis Navas and María Gonzalez from Puerto Rico advanced by beating Natalia Girón and Paola Alvarado of Guatemala 2-0 (21-10, 21-15).

The other results of the day were:

Angel Williams/Kianny Quesada (CRC) d Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (GUA) 2-1 (16-21, 21-13, 16-14), Suraya Chase/Phylecia Armstrong (TTO) d Keshanice Mitchell/Thornia Mitchell (GRN) ) 2-1 (19-21, 21-14, 15-6), Katherine Albarrán/Yerai Vidaurrazaga (MEX) d Lea Monkhouse/Marie-Alex Belanger (CAN) 2-0 (21-10, 21-15), Allanis Navas/María Gonzalez (PUR) d Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano (DOM) 2-0 (22-20,21-11), Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner (USA) d Britney Choon/ Tsyan Selvon (TTO) 2-0 (21-5, 21-3), Corine Quiggle/Sarah Murphy (USA) d KathyaVasquez/Sofía Velasquez (ESA) 2-0 (21-8, 21-6), Dana Roskic/Calinda Kok (CAN) d Crismil Paniagua /Nallelin Taveras (DOM) 2-0 (21-19, 21-15), Britney Choon/ Tsyan Selvon (TTO) d Keshanice Mitchell/Thornia Mitchell (GRN) 2-1 (21-11, 20-22, 15- 10), Lea Monkhouse/Marie-Alex Belanger (CAN) d Suraya Chase/Phylecia Armstrong (TTO) 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) and Melanie Valenciana/Taylor Buckner (ISV) d Crismil Paniagua/Nallelin Taveras ( SUN) 2-0 (21-12, 21-15).

Costa Ricans Williams/Quezada, Guatemalans Girón/Alvarado and Quiggle/Murphy from the United States with two wins

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 29, 2023.- The Costa Rican couples of Angel Williams/Kianny Araya, Guatemala’s Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado and the USA couple Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy achieved two wins at the start of the fourth stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour 2023 that is played on the courts located on Los Corales Beach in Punta Cana.

The Costa Rican duo Angel Williams/Kianny Araya achieved their two wins after beating Keshanice Mitchell/Thornia Mitchell of Granada 2-0 (21-10, 21-6) and Suraya Chase/Phylecia Armstrong of Trinidad Tobago 2-0 (21 -8, 21-21-11).

The Guatemalan duo of Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado defeated Suraya Chase/Phylecia Armstrong of Trinidad Tobago 2-0 (21-15,21-14) and in their second game Keshanice Mitchell/Thornia Mitchell of Granada 2-0 (21- 5, 21-10).

Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy of the United States defeated Crismil Paniagua/Nallelin Taveras of the Dominican Republic 2-0 (21-11, 21-7) and Canada’s Dana Roskic/Calinda Kok 2-0 (23-21, 21-10)

The results of the other matches of the day were:

Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano (DOM) d Melanie Valenciana/Taylor Buckner (ISV) 2-0 (27-25, 21-11), Esperanza Albarrán/Yeray Vidaurrazaga (MEX) d Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon (TTO) 2-0 (21-6, 21-10), Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner (USA) d Lea Monkhouse/Marie-Alex Belanger (CAN) 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-9), Dana Roskic/Calinda Kok (CAN) d Kathya Vasquez/Sofía Velásquez (ESA) 2-0 (21-10, 21-15), Allanis Navas/María González (PUR) d Melanie Valenciana/Taylor Buckner (ISV) 2-0 (21-8 , 21-9), Lea Monkhouse/Marie-Alex Belanger (CAN) d Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon (TTO) 2-0 (21-7, 21-7), Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner (USA) d Esperanza Albarrán/ Yeray Vidaurrazaga (MEX) 2-0 (21-10, 21-19) and Crismil Paniagua/Nallelin Taveras d Kathya Vasquez/Sofía Velásquez (ESA) 2-0 (22-20, 21-16).

The competition continues this Saturday with the continuation of the Preliminary Round, the Quarterfinals and the losers’ round.

Four undefeated male duos in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 29, 2023.- The Guatemalan pair of Andy Blanco/Luis García, as well as Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend and Hagen Smith/Logan Webber from the USA and Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre from Mexico remained undefeated on the first day of competition of the fourth stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour 2023.

The American duo of Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend won their two matches of the day, the first against Jake MacNeil/William Russell of Canada by 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) followed by another 2-0 against Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield of Trinidad Tobago (21-9, 21-14), while the pairing of Hagen Smith/Logan Webber, also from USA defeated Eddy Toro/Gregory De La Cruz of Aruba 2-0 (21-13, 21-8 ).

The duo of Andy Blanco/Luis García of Guatemala also won their two games, disposing of the Canadians Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp 2-1 (21-11, 19-21, 17-15) followed by a 2-0 victory over Christopher Oxford /Isaac Nelson of Granada (21-6, 21-11).

Hagen Smith/Logan Webber (USA)

The Mexicans Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre remained undefeated on this first date of the tournament, winning their only match against the Dominican duo of Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez 2-0 (21-17, 23-21).

The other results from the first day of competition were:

Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela (CRC) d Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez 2-0 (21-17, 21-10), Eddy Toro/Gregory De La Cruz (ARU) d Zendai Richards/Shawn Seabrookes (SKN) 2-0 (21-18, 21-17), Robert Cronshaw/Bryce Mayer (ISV) d Christopher Oxford/Isaac Nelson (GRN) 2-0 (21-13, 21-13), Jorge Rosario/Rolvin Maldonado (DOM) d Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield (TTO) 2-0 (21-13, 21-18), Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp (CAN) d Robert Croshaw/Bryce Myers (ISV) 2-1 (13-21, 21-10, 15 -11) and Jake MacNeil/William Russell (CAN) d Jorge Rosario/Rolvin Maldonado (DOM) 2-0 (21-16, 21-11).

This Saturday the Preliminary round will continue and in the afternoon the Quarterfinals and the losers’ round will be played.

The 2023 NORCECA Tour returns with its Fourth Stage in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 27, 2023 – The action of the 2023 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour is back in action with its fourth stage at Playa Los Corales in Punta Cana from September 29 to October 1.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Punta Cana has hosted the most important Beach Volleyball event in the region, bringing together teams for important ranking points.

Fifteen teams per gender have completed a pre-registration for the event, representing fourteen countries of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation.

Canada, Costa Rica, Grenada, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, the United States, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will compete in both genders. Canada, the United States, and the host country Dominican Republic, will each have two teams in each division.

El Salvador and Puerto Rico are fielding in women, Aruba, Dominica, St. Kitts, and Nevis in men. Trinidad & Tobago registered two women’s teams.

Teams will go through the preliminary interview on Thursday, and the competition will start on Friday, with the medal  matches on Sunday.

The first three stages of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour were held in Aguascalientes (Mexico), Varadero (Cuba), and Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands).

Women’s Teams CAN Dana Roskic/Calinda Kok, Lea Monkhouse/Marie-Alex Bélanger; CRC Angel Williams Paniagua/Kianny María Araya Quesada; DOM Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano Veras, Crismil Paniagua Hinojosa/Yari Manuela Cleto Rosario; ESA Kathya Vásquez/Sofía Velásquez; GRN Keshanice Mitchell/Thornia Mitchell; GUA Natalia María Girón Boesche/Paola Marie Alvarado Franco; MEX Esparanza Albarrán Castro/Yeray Vidaurrazaga Blanco; PUR Allanis Navas Sánchez/María González; TTO Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon, Danielle Noel/Apphia Glasgow; USA Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy; ISV Melanie Valenciana/Taylor Buckner

Men’s Teams ARU Eddy Toro Maldonado/Gregory A.J. De La Cruz Tavera; CAN Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp, Jake MacNeil/Alexander William Russell; CRC Daniel Dyner Villa/DMA Ray Robinson/Yahn Florent; DOM Hayerling Francisco De Jesus Goris/Rolvin Maldonado Sánchez, Jorge Isaac Rosario Cabrera/Oscar Jose Martinez Lopez; GRN Darron Christopher Oxford/Isaac Nelson; GUA Andy Alexis Leonardo Blanco/Luis Augusto Garcia Betancourt; MEX Ricardo Galindo/Isaias Oziel Aguirre Gallegos; SKN Zendai Richards/Shawn Seabrookes; TTO Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield; USA Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend, Hagen Smith/Logan Webber; ISV Robert Cronshaw/Bryce Mayer

Canadians Top Home Futures Podiums In Halifax

September 26, 2023.- Canadian duos swept both gold medals at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures event in Halifax last week. They pocketed the men’s bronze as well, while the remaining three podium spots were occupied by pairs from neighboring United States.

On Sunday, coach Josh Nichol’s expertise paid off with a Halifax Futures trophy for Samuel Schachter and Daniel Dearing and bronze for Jacob Van Geel and Zach Van Geel. The USA’s Hagen Smith and Logan Webber also climbed the men’s podium with silver.

In their first match of the tournament, top-seeded Schachter and Dearing suffered an unexpected 2-1 (12-21, 23-21, 16-14) upset from compatriots Zechariah Johnson and Jordan Deshane, who had made the main draw through the qualifiers. After that, however, the 33-year-old Canadians went on a five-match winning streak, losing only a set on the way to their first Beach Pro Tour medal. In the semifinals, Dearing and Rio 2016 Olympian Schachter came back against Johnson and Deshane with a 2-0 (21-10, 22-20) sweep, before producing a hard-fought 2-0 (21-17, 27-25) victory over  second-seeded Smith and Webber in the final.

The silver was also the first Beach Pro Tour medal for the pairing of 28-year-old Smith and 27-year-old Webber. They also took the detour route to the final, after losing the Pool B winners’ match to Canada’s Rouzbeh Rahnavard and Tynan Gannett in three sets. To reach the gold medal match, the Americans mastered a 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) semifinal win over Van Geel and Van Geel.

22-year-old Jacob and 20-year-old Zach marked their Beach Pro Tour debut with a medal. The Canadians started their Halifax campaign from the qualifiers and proceeded undefeated to the semifinals. Seeded 13th in the main draw, the Van Geels managed a 2-1(21-17, 16-21, 15-12) victory over 16th-seeded Johnson and Deshane for the bronze.

Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sophie Bukovec claimed the women’s gold in Halifax. The podium was completed by two American pairs, Kimberly Hildreth and Teegan Van Gunst with silver, and Carli Lloyd and Kylie Kuyava-DeBerg with bronze.

Earlier this year, 36-year-old two-time Olympian Bansley came out of retirement to join forces with 28-year-old FIVB World Championship 2022 silver medalist Bukovec. At their third Beach Pro Tour appearance together, they secured their first medal as a team. The top-seeded Canadians lived up to their status and cruised through their five games of the tournament without dropping a single set. In the semifinals, they delivered a 2-0 (21-15, 23-21) win over 16thth-seeded US qualifiers Kahlee York and Mariah Whalen and followed up with a 2-0 (21-16, 25-23) victory over fifth-seeded Hildreth and Van Gunst in the final.

It was the second consecutive Beach Pro Tour silver for the team of 32-year-old Hildreth and 28-year-old Van Gunst, after their second place finish at their previous appearance at the Brno Futures last month. In between, Van Gunst squeezed in one more silver, with Katie Lindstrom at the Miguel Pereira Futures earlier in September. The Americans also reached the Halifax final undefeated, crowning a four-match winning streak with a 2-0 (21-14, 23-21) victory over 11th-seeded Lloyd and DeBerg in the semifinals.

Former indoor star of the United States national volleyball team Carli Lloyd marked her international debut on the beach with a bronze. The 32-year-old Rio 2016 bronze medalist and her 24-year-old partner DeBerg managed a battled 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-13) win over York and Whalen in the all-American third-place duel. The bronze was also DeBerg’s first medal on the Tour.

A total of 38 teams representing eight different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America took part in the Halifax Futures.

Official announcement of the seventh edition of the Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Classic

SANTO DOMINGO, September 23, 2023 – Once again, Los Corales Beach will host the seventh edition of the Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Classic, which is part of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour, to take place from September 28th to October 1st.

The event, endorsed by the Dominican Volleyball Federation (Fedovoli), will bring together athletes from 14 countries who are aiming to earn ranking points for the NORCECA Tour 2023.

For the seventh consecutive year, Mr. Ernesto Veloz, president of ASOLESTE, will lead the organizing committee, which includes Félix Martínez, the director of sports from the Municipality of Verón; Domingo Jiménez, director of Televisión del Este, and Henry Puello, technical director of Fedovoli.

“The Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Classic is special because it grants doubles the points awarded in the regular stages of the circuit. Countries will come with their full arsenal, both in the men’s and women’s divisions”, said Anglada, who is the technical vice president of the Dominican Volleyball Federation (Fedovoli).

Among the confirmed countries are the United States, Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominica, Aruba, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, among others.

The event organized by the Dominican Foundation for Sports Tourism, Marketing Sport Event, has the support of the NORCECA Confederation, the Municipality of Verón, ASOLESTE, among others.

The Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Classic has been held since 2015 in the Punta Cana area, bringing together the most prominent beach volleyball pairs from the North, Central America, and the Caribbean.

FIVB, NORCECA And Olympic Solidarity Join Forces To Develop Youth Beach Volleyball Teams With Pilot Project In The Caribbean  

The pilot project saw the FIVB, NORCECA and Olympic Solidarity support the organisation of the ECVA Beach Volleyball Championships . 

The FIVB, NORCECA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), through Olympic Solidarity, have launched a joint pilot project with the aim of supporting the development of youth beach volleyball teams in the Eastern Caribbean Zone.     

The project is supported through the Olympic Solidarity Youth Athlete Development programme and marks a collaborative effort between the FIVB, NORCECA and the IOC. The objective is to enhance young athletes’ exposure to high level competition and create opportunities for teams to qualify for continental and international age group competitions, such as the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in 2025.  

As part of the pilot project, the FIVB, NORCECA and Olympic Solidarity supported the organisation of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) U19 Beach Volleyball Championships held in St. Kitts and Nevis from 2 to 3 September. In particular, the FIVB is providing an annual allocation to the ECVA to organise the championships, while Olympic Solidarity is supporting the players and coaches with transportation and registration fees.  

The inaugural edition of the tournament was a huge success, with youth teams from across the region; namely Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and home team St. Kitts & Nevis gathering to compete in a thrilling competition.  

Saint Lucia’s Peter Emmanuel and Rio Jaden Victor took the men’s gold, leaving the silver to the home team of Julian Bristol and Vickash Sundar, while Dominica’s Bill Clarke Frederick and Mervin Mervel Mingo settled for bronze. Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, DMA’s Edmund and Bully took gold, while Carr and Joseph of Antigua and Fleming and Richardson from AGU settled for silver and bronze, respectively.  

Men U19 Beach ECVA winners

Steve Tutton, the FIVB Head of Technical and Development, said:  

“This innovative project demonstrates the FIVB’s commitment to continually improving volleyball across the world. The development of young athletes is vital for the future of the sport, and it is fantastic to be working with Olympic Solidarity to help provide these youth players with opportunities to develop their talent and gain experience in high level competition.”  

Glenn Quinlan, President of the EVCA, said:  

“The U19 Beach Volleyball Championships were a huge success, and we are particularly grateful to the FIVB, NORCECA and Olympic Solidarity for their support in establishing the event. Competitions like these Championships are crucial in helping to develop volleyball in the region and for empowering our young athletes to strive for greatness on the international stage.”  

James Macleod, NOC Relations and Olympic Solidarity Director said:  

“We are very happy to see FIVB take advantage of the Olympic Solidarity Youth Athlete Development IF Opportunity programme. This programme assists smaller National Olympic Committees with sport specific support in order for talented athletes to access pathways that help them reach the next level and build towards the Olympic Games. With this initiative, FIVB demonstrates their commitment to provide young athletes with the opportunity to  train, develop their skills and reach high level competition hence ensuring the promotion of their sport worldwide”. 

Canada’s Santiago 2023 Beach Volleyball team announced 

September 21, 2023 – Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced Canada’s beach volleyball team nominated to compete at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

The Team Canada beach volleyball athletes – one duo per gender – for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games are:

Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto, Ont.)
Brandie Wilkerson (Toronto, Ont.)
Jake MacNeil (Georgetown, Ont.)
Alex Russell (Surrey, B.C.) 

The athletes qualified for Santiago 2023 based on their FIVB World Ranking. Wilkerson, MacNeil and Russell will be making their Pan American Games debuts. Humana-Paredes will make her second Pan Am Games appearance, having competed at Toronto 2015 with former partner Taylor Pischke.

Although they are still in the first year of their partnership, Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson are one of the top women’s beach teams in the world. Currently seventh in the FIVB World Rankings, they have had a string of Beach Pro Tour top-five finishes in 2023, highlighted by their tournament victory at the Montreal Elite 16 in August. Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson both made their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020, with other partners. 

“This is special for me in so many ways. I’m grateful the team decided to prioritize representing Canada at the Pan Am Games given the intensity and the rigor of the Olympic qualification schedule,” said Humana-Paredes, who is a member of the Panam Sports Athlete Commission. “Any chance we can get more time playing together will benefit us! And what an opportunity for our team to gain multi-sport Games experience, especially in a setting that will test us in a whole new environment. I’m also the daughter of two Chilean immigrants so this is an incredible moment for my family. This is the first time my Chilean family will be able to watch me play live and the first time I’ve been back in almost a decade. I am already getting butterflies!”

Although the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games are not an Olympic qualifier for beach volleyball, Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson are using the valuable major-Games experience to prepare for Paris 2024. 

“I’m extremely excited for this event as it’ll be my first Pan Am Games and any opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage, I take with a lot of honor and pride. So I am looking forward to competing at our very best!” added Wilkerson.

MacNeil and Russell have been playing together since early 2022. The duo won a bronze medal on the NORCECA tour stop in the Dominican Republic last October and silver at the Volleyball Canada Beach Nationals in Toronto last month. 

“Alex and I are honored to wear the maple leaf and represent Canada at such a prestigious multi-sport Games. We are so excited to compete alongside the best athletes from Canada and against some of the best in the world in our sport,” said MacNeil.

“We are incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games in Chile. We have been training hard in Toronto and will be competing in Halifax and the Dominican Republic in other tournaments leading up to the Games,” added Russell.

Beach volleyball was introduced to the Pan American Games program at Winnipeg 1999, three years after the sport made its Olympic debut at Atlanta 1996. Canada has not won a medal in the sport at the Pan Am Games since Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann won gold on home sand in Winnipeg.

Beach volleyball will take place October 21 to 27 (Days 1 to 7) at the Parque Peñalolen.

Jake MacNeil and Alex Russell

St. Lucia reigns as ECVA U19 male Beach Volleyball Champs

Basseterre St. Kitts, September 03, 2023.- St. Lucia duo of Peter and Rio poured in a sterling performance in the finals of the ECVA U 19 competition beach Volleyball. Their opponents were the home team pair of Vikash and Bristol and despite having the support of a small but noisy home crowd they could not find answers to the power and control of Rio in particular.

In the first set, St. Lucia took an early and extended it bigger and bigger as the game went on.  The set ended with St. Kitts and Nevis on 10 points.

A similar pattern started in the second set but this time St. Kitts and Nevis gave a spirited fight back. They were down 0-7 but pulled the score back to within 1 (8-9)

However, that’s the closest they got  as St. Lucia increased their lead once again  and then secured the game at 21-14

Rick Swann coach of the St. Kitts and Nevis team: “I am a bit disappointed in the result but extremely proud of the guys. They showed that they have the ability to fight against tough conditions. This was shown particularly in the second set when they went toe to point with St. Lucia. They (St. Lucia) are a very strong team. Rio is amazing. In order to win we needed to get him off of his game we were not able to do that and so he literally controlled most of the game. This means that we have a lot more work to do and look forward to more battles over the years to come”.

Sheldon Nicholas Coach of St. Lucia: “The guys were able to continue the energy they picked up in the semi-final hence garnering the energy in the finals was easier. We just kept our composure and controlled the game from there. Winning the finals was a great result for us. We will continue to do some more technical work with Peter in particular but at the moment he is pretty solid we have areas to work on including teamwork and communication”.

Earlier, Dominica was able to take Bronze over Grenada in straight sets thereby relegating Grenada to fourth place.

The final places are as follows:-

1. St. Lucia  2. St. Kitts and Nevis 3. Dominica 4. Grenada 5. Anguilla 6. Bermuda 7 St. Vincent  8. Antigua 9. BVI