Cuba and Brazil return to Men’s Beach Volleyball Pan American Games finals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 26, 2023. Cuba and Brazil will feature in a dream final with a taste of revenge in the Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament of the Pan American Games Santiago 2023, to be held on Friday at Parque Peñalolén.

Noslen Díaz/Jorge Alayo from Cuba and George/André from Brazil will face each other again here in Santiago. Cuba defeated Brazil in three sets in pool-play.

To reach the final, Díaz/Alayo defeated Logan Webber/Hagen Smith from the United States 2-0 (21-15, 21-13). Alayo’s net reach and Diaz’s defense made the difference against the Americans who progressed to semifinals undefeated.

Meanwhile, George/André won 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) against cousins Marcos and Esteban Grimalt from Chile, the current champions. A great defense from George and André’s blocking kept the Grimalts under control, and they won’t be able to defend the title they earned four years ago in Lima, Peru.

George/André BRA

Cuba will seek its second gold medal in the history of the Pan American Games, while Brazil is the most successful with two gold medals, the last one in 2011.

In matches for positions 5-8, Miguel Sarabia/Juan Virgen from Mexico battled to win 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 16-14) against Dany León and Marcos Tenorio from Ecuador. Meanwhile, Jake MacNeil/William Russell from Canada won 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) against the Capogrosso brothers, Nicolás and Tomás (ARG). Mexico and Canada will play for fifth place.

Matches Friday October 27

For 7th place: Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T. (ARG) vs. Leon/Marcos (ECU)

For 5th place: Sarabia/Virgen (MEX) vs. MacNeil/Russell (CAN)

For the bronze medal: Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs. Smith/Webber (USA)

For the gold medal: Diaz/Alayo (CUB) vs. George/Andre (BRA)

Results Thursday, October 26

Classification 5-8

Leon/Marcos (ECU) 1-2 (14-21, 21-16, 14-16) Sarabia/Virgen (MEX)

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T (ARG)

For 11th place: Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR) 2-0 (21-14, 22-20) Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL).

For 9th place: Hannibal/Llambías (URU) 2-1 (15-21, 25-23, 15-12) Noriega/Murray (COL).

Canada and Brazil reach Santiago 2023 Women’s Beach Volleyball Finals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 26, 2023 – Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes from Canada and the 2023 world runners-up Ana Patricia/Duda from Brazil will face off in the Women’s Beach Volleyball final of the nineteenth Pan American Games Santiago 2023 at Parque Peñalolén on Friday.

Both pairs looked unstoppable from in pool-play and in the semifinals, securing their spot in the finals undefeated, without obstacles.

Canadians Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes defeated Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra from Argentina 2-0 (21-15, 21-15). For Canada, this is their first medal in the Pan American Games since beach volleyball was introduced in the event in 1999.

Ana Patricia/Duda BRA

Meanwhile, Brazil, returning to a final since 2011, will seek its fourth gold medal (they also have three bronze medals). Ana Patricia/Duda won 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) against Corine Quiggle/Sarah Lewis from the United States.

Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra who silver medal in Lima 2019, four years ago. In addition, Gallay won gold in Toronto 2015. The Argentinians will compete for the bronze medal against the American pair Quiggle/Lewis.

The United States won the gold medal in the Lima 2019 edition.

In other matches, Atenas Gutiérrez/Abril Flores from Mexico won 2-1 (17-21, 21-12, 15-11) against María González/Allanis Navas from Puerto Rico, and they will face Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona from Peru for the fifth place. Allcca/Gaona won 2-0 (21-18, 22-20) against María Rivas Zapata/Chris Vorpahl from Chile.

Matches for Friday, October 27:

For 7th place: González/Navas (PUR) vs. Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI)

For 5th place: Gutiérrez/Flores (MEX) vs. Allcca/Gaona (PER)

For the bronze medal: Gallay/Pereyra (ARG) vs. Quiggle/Murphy

For the gold medal: Brandie/Melissa (CAN) vs. Ana Patricia/Duda (BRA)

Results from Thursday, October 26:

Classification 5/8

Allcca/Gaona (PER) 2-0 (21-18, 22-20) Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI)

Gutierrez/Flores (MEX) 2-1 (17-21, 21-12, 15-11) González/Navas (PUR)

11th place: Karelys/Ariana (ECU) 0-2 (17-21, 20-22) Erika/Michelle (PAR)

For 9th place: Payano/Almanzar (DOM) 2-0 (21-13, 21-13) Diana/Margarita G. (COL)

USA against Brazil and Canada face Argentina in Women’s Beach Volleyball Semifinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 25, 2023.- In women’s Beach Volleyball semifinals at Santiago 2023, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy from the United States will face Ana Patricia/Duda from Brazil, while Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes from Canada will play Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra from Argentina.

Quiggle/Murphy (USA) won 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) against María Rivas/Chris Vorpahl from Chile, who had the support of hundreds of fans at the Parque Peñalolén Beach Volleyball Center.

Melissa/Brandie (CAN) had no trouble defeating María González/Allanis Navas from Puerto Rico, winning 2-0 (21-11, 21-14).

On the other hand, the world runners-up Duda/Ana Patricia (BRA) won 2-0 (21-12, 21-9) against Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona from Peru.

Gallay/Pereyra (ARG), silver medalists in the previous edition of the Games in Lima, advanced to the semifinals after winning 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) against Abril Flores/Atenas Gutierrez from Mexico. The Mexican team put up a strong fight until point 15, but from there, the Argentine pair Gallay/Pereyra managed to pull away.

Sarah Murphy y Corinne Quiggle USA

Games on Thursday, October 26:

Classification 5/8

Allcca/Gaona (PER) vs Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI)

Gutierrez/Flores (MEX) vs González/Navas (PUR)

Position 11: Karelys/Ariana (ECU) vs Erika/Michelle (PAR)

Position 9: Payano/Almanzar (DOM) vs Diana/Margarita G. (COL)

Semifinals

Ana Patricia/Duda (BRA) vs Quiggle/Murphy (USA)

Gallay/Pereyra (ARG) vs Brandie/Melissa (CAN)

Wednesday’s results, October 26:

Position 13

Williams/Quesada (CRC) 2-1 (21-18, 15-21, 15-8) N. Girón/Alvarado (GUA)

Position 15

Bianchi/Acuña (URU) 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) Soler/Molina (ESA)

Classification 9/12

Erika/Michelle (PAR) 1-2 (21-16, 19-21, 12-15) Diana/Margarita G. (COL)

Payano/Almanzar (DOM) 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) Karelys/Ariana (ECU)

Quarterfinals

Quiggle/Murphy USA 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) Rivas Zapata/Chris CHI     

Ana Patrícia/Duda BRA 2-0 (21-12, 21-9) Allcca/Gaona PER             

Brandie/Melissa CAN 2-0 (21-11, 21-14) Gonzalez/Navas PUR                    

Gallay/Pereyra ARG 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) Gutierrez/Flores MEX

Cuba against USA and Chile versus Brazil in Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 24, 2023. – Hagen Smith/Logan Webber of the United States and JorgeAlayo/Noslen Díaz of Cuba, the current champions Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt of Chile, and George/Andre of Brazil, will feature in the  Men’s Beach Volleyball semifinals oat the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago.

Hagen Smith and Logan Webber of the United States won 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) against Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico. Juan Virgen won’t be able to repeat the silver medal he earned four years ago in Lima, Peru.

Meanwhile, Jorge Alayo/Noslen Diaz of Cuba performed at a high level, prevailing 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) against Dany León/Marcos Tenorio of Ecuador.

George/Andre of Brazil won an exciting 2-1 (21-17, 15-21, 17-15) match against Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso of Argentina. It was an intense game, with the Capogrosso brothers making things difficult for George/Andre in a battle of strong offense and good defense from Tomás and solid blocking by Nicolás.

The current champions, cousins Marco and Esteban Grimalt of Chile, won 2-0 (23-21, 21-18) against Jake MacNeil and Williams Russell of Canada, after a highly contested match,

especially in the first set, with Russell’s blocks on one side and Marco on the other.

Esteban Grimalt y Marco Grimalt CHI

Games on Wednesday, October 26:

Classification 5/8:

Leon/Marcos (ECU) vs Sarabia/Virgen (MEX)

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) vs Capogross N./Capogrosso T (ARG)

For 11th place: Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR) vs Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL).

For 9th place: Hannibal/Llambías (URU) vs Noriega/Murray (COL);

Semifinals

Diaz/Alayo (CUB) vs Smith/Webber (USA)

Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs George/Andre (BRA)

Wednesday’s results

Position 13/14

Mora/López (NCA) 2-1 (24-26, 21-14, 15-7) Guatemala/Flores (ESA)

Position 15/16

D. Dyner/Varela (CRC) 0-2 (15-21, 12-21) Blanco/García GUA

Classification 9-12

Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL) 1-2 (21-19, 15-21, 10-15) Noriega/Murray (COL)

Hannibal/Llambías (URU) 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-10) Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR)

Quarterfinals

Smith/Webber (USA) 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) Sarabia/Virgen (MEX)

Díaz/Alayo (CUB) 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) León/Marcos (ECU)

Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T (ARG) 1-2 (17-21, 21-15, 15-17) George/André (BRA)

Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) 2-0 (23-21, 21-18) MacNeil/Russell (CAN)

Exciting Quarterfinals in Women’s Beach Volleyball

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 23, 2023 – With the qualification of Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru, and Chile, an exciting quarterfinal round of the Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago are expected on Wednesday.

Maria Gonzalez and Allanis Navas from Puerto Rico defeated Karelys Simisterra and Ariana Vilela from Ecuador 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) and will face Brandie Wilkerson and Melissa Humana-Paredes from Canada in the quarterfinals.

Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra from Argentina also secured their spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Julibeth Payano and Bethania Almanzar from the Dominican Republic 2-0 (21-18, 21-15). They will now face Atenas Gutiérrez and Abril Flores from Mexico.

Lisbeth Allcca and Claudia Gaona from Peru won 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) against Erika Mongelos and Michelle Valiente from Paraguay, setting up a quarterfinal match against Ana Patricia and Duda from Brazil.

Maria Rivas Zapata and Chris Vorpahl from Chile won 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) against Diana Rios and Margarita Guzman from Colombia. The Chilean team will compete in quarterfinals against USA’s duo of Corinne Quiggle and Sarah Murphy.

Erika Mongelos PAR

Results Classification 13-16 round:

Bianchi and Acuña (URU) 1-2 (21-17, 16-21, 8-15) Williams and Quesada (CRC)

N. Girón and Alvarado (GUA) 2-1 (21-16, 11-21, 15-12) Soler and Molina (ESA)

Matches on Wednesday, October 25:

Position 13

N. Girón and Alvarado (GUA) vs. Williams and Quesada (CRC)

Position 15

Bianchi and Acuña (URU) vs. Soler and Molina (ESA)

Quarterfinals:

Quiggle and Murphy (USA) vs. Rivas Zapata and Chris (CHI)

Ana Patrícia and Duda (BRA) vs. Allcca and Gaona (PER)

Brandie and Melissa (CAN) vs. Gonzalez and Navas (PUR)

Gutierrez and Flores (MEX) vs. Gallay and Pereyra (ARG)

Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal Round is set

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 24, 2023 – Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador advanced to the Men’s Beach Volleyball quarterfinals at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games after winning their respective qualifying matches.

Canada’s Jake MacNeil and William Russell defeated Uruguay’s Hans Hannibal and Llambías 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) to qualify for the quarterfinals, where they will face Chile’s cousins Marcos and Esteban Grimalt.

The Mexican duo of Miguel Sarabia and Juan Virgen had to battle hard and push themselves to the limit to win 2-0 (23-21, 21-19) against Colombians Juan Noriega and Johan Murray, setting up a quarterfinal clash with Hagen Smith and Logan Webber of the United States.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s George and André won 2-0 (21-14, 21-14) against Paraguay’s Giuliano Massare and Gonzalo Melgarejo and will now face Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso from Argentina.

Ecuador’s Dany León and Marcos Tenorio won 2-0 (23-21, 21-10) against Bolivia’s Ruddy Salvatierra and Luis Calvo and will have Cubans Noslen Díaz and Jorge Alayo as their quarterfinal opponents.

Williams Russell CAN

Results Tuesday, October 24:

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) Hannibal/Llambías (URU)

George/André (BRA) 2-0 (21-14, 21-14) Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR)

León/Tenorio (ECU) 2-0 (23-21, 21-19) Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL)

Sarabia/Virgen (MEX) 2-0 (21-19, 21- ) against Noriega/Murray (COL)

Classification 13-16

Mora/López (NCA) 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) D. Dyner/Varela (CRC)

Guatemala/Flores (ESA) 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) Blanco/García GUA

Matches on Wednesday, October 25:

For 13th place

Mora/López (NCA) vs. Guatemala/Flores (ESA)

For 15th place

D. Dyner/Varela (CRC) vs. Blanco/García GUA

Classification 9-12

Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL) vs. Noriega/Murray (COL)

Hannibal/Llambías (URU) vs. Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR)

Quarterfinals

Smith/Webber (USA) vs. Sarabia/Virgen (MEX)

Díaz/Alayo (CUB) vs. León/Marcos (ECU)

Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T (ARG) vs. George/André (BRA)

Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs. MacNeil/Russell (CAN)

Canada, USA, Mexico, and Brazil await in Women’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 23, 2023 – Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy of the United States, Atenas Gutiérrez/Abril Flores of Mexico, and Ana Patricia/Duda of Brazil advanced directly to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

Brandie/Melissa finished undefeated in Group D, after beating Erika Mongelos/Michelle Valiente of Paraguay 2-0 (21-13, 21-8) on day three of competition.

In the other group match, Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar (DOM) prevailed 2-0 (32-30, 21-19) against María Bianchi/Sol Acuña (URU) after a long battle in which both teams saved five set points in the first set.

In Group B, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy of the United States won 2-0 (24-22, 21-17) against Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra of Argentina, securing the top spot and advancing to the quarterfinals. Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona (PER) defeated Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (GUA) 2-0 (22-20, 21-10).

In Group A, Atenas Gutiérrez and Abril Flores of Mexico defeated Chilean pair Chris Vorpahl/María Rivas 2-0 (21-14, 21-15), securing their ticket to the quarterfinals. The local team will play an elimination match against Diana Ríos/Margarita Guzmán of Colombia, who finished third in Group C.

Karelys Simisterra/Ariana Vilela of Ecuador won 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) against Angel Williams/Kianny Quesada of Costa Rica, taking third place in the group.

In Group C, Ana Patricia and Duda of Brazil claimed the top spot after a 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) victory over María González/Allanis Navas (PUR), while the Colombian pair Diana/Margarita defeated Yvone Soler/Laura Molina (ESA) 2-0 (21-13, 21-10).

Brandie Wilkerson y Mellisa Humana-Paredes CAN

These are the Round of 12 matches scheduled for Tuesday; the winners will advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals:

Gallay/Pereyra (ARG) vs. Payano/Almanzar (DOM); the winners will face Mexico.

González/Navas (PUR) vs. Karelys/Ariana (ECU); the winners will go against Canada.

Erika/Michelle (PAR) vs. Peru (Allcca/Gaona); the winners will face Brazil.

Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI) will compete against Diana/Margarita G (COL); the winners will take on the United States.

Classification for 13th-16th place:

Bianchi/Acuña (URU) vs. Williams/Quesada (CRC)

N. Girón/Alvarado (GUA) against Soler/Molina (ESA)

USA, Cuba, Argentina, and Chile advance in Men’s Beach Volleyball

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 23, 2023. – Logan Webber/Hagen Smith of the United States, Noslen Díaz/Jorge Alayo of Cuba, Argentina’s pair Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso, and cousins Marcos and Esteban Grimalt of Chile advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

In Group B, Smith/Webber of the United States defeated Hans Hannibal/Nicolás Llambías of Uruguay 2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-12) to secure the top spot in the group. Ruddy Salvatierra/Luis Calvo of Bolivia won 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) against Andy Leonardo/Luis García from Guatemala.

In Group C, Diaz/Alayo (CUB) triumphed 2-1 (21-16, 18-21, 15-8) against George/André of Brazil to advance to the quarterfinals. Ruddy Salvatierra/Luis Calvo (BOL) won 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) against the duo of Armando Guatemala/Frankñin Flores from ESA.

In Group D, Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso (ARG) defeated Jake MacNeil/William Russell of Canada 2-0 (21-14, 21-12) and secured the first place in the group and their ticket to the quarterfinals. Dany León/Marcos Tenorio of Ecuador won 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) against Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela (CRC) and finished second in the group.

In Group A, M.Grimalt/E. Grimalt (CHI) won 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) against Mexico’s tandem  Miguel Sarabia/Juan Virgen. Giuliano Massare/Gonzalo Melgarejo (PAR) won 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) against Rubén Mora/Dany Lopez (NCA).

Esteban Grimalt y Marco Grimalt CHI

These are the Round of 12 matches scheduled for Tuesday, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals on Wednesday:

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) vs. Hannibal/Llambías (URU); the winner will face Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI)

George/André (BRA) vs. Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR), and the winner will go against Capagroso N/Capagrosso T (ARG)

León/Tenorio (ECU) will face Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL), and the winner will face Diaz/Alayo (CUB)

Sarabia/Virgen (MEX) vs. Noriega/Murray (COL), with the winner going against Smith/Webber USA.

Classification for 13th-16th place:

Dyner/Varela CRC – Mora/López (NCA)

Guatemala/Flores ESA- Blanco/García GUA

United States and Argentina advance to the Men’s Quarterfinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 23, 2023 – Argentinians Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso and the United States duo of Logan Webber and Hagen Smith have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago.

Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso defeated Canadians Jake MacNeil/William Russell 2-0 (21-14, 21-12), finishing first-place in Group D and their ticket to the quarterfinals scheduled for Wednesday.

In Group B, Smith/Webber from the United States won 2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-12) against Hans Hannibal/Nicolás Llambías from Uruguay, securing the top spot in the group.

In the other match in Group D, Dany León/Marcos Tenorio of Ecuador won 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) against Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica, earning the second-place in the group.

Meanwhile, Ruddy Salvatierra/Luis Calvo of Bolivia won 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) against Andy Leonardo/Luis García of Guatemala in Group B.

In the elimination matches scheduled for Tuesday, León/Tenorio (ECU) will face Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL), who finished third in Group B, and MacNeil/Russell (CAN) will face Hannibal/Llambías (URU), the second-place team from Group B.

Canada and the United States secure direct tickets in the Women’s Quarterfinals

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 23, 2023 – Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes from Canada and Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy from the United States advanced directly to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

Brandie and Melissa finished undefeated in Group D, beating Paraguay’s dúo of Erika Mongelos/Michelle Valiente, 2-0 (21-13, 21-8) on day three of competition.

In Group B, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy from the United States defeated Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra from Argentina, 2-0 (24-22, 21-17), for first-place and advancing to the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona from Peru prevailed over Guatemala’s Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado, 2-0 (22-20, 21-10) in Group D.

In the elimination matches scheduled for Tuesday to determine the teams advancing to the quarterfinals, Gallay/Pereyra (ARG) will face Payano/Almanzar (DOM), and Erika/Michelle (PAR) will compete against Allcca/Gaona (PER).

The quarterfinal round will take place on Wednesday at the Beach Volleyball Center in Parque Peñalolén.

Qualification at stake in the Men’s Beach Volleyball at Santiago 2023

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 21, 2023 – The Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games has reached a point of maximum anticipation where the top positions in each group will be decided on Monday will determine the top positions in each group.

In Group A, Mexicans Miguel Sarabia/Juan Virgen prevailed 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) against Rubén Mora/Dany Lopez (NCA), while Chile’s Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt defeated Giuliano Massare/Gonzalo Melgarejo (PAR) 2-0 (21-18, 21-13).

On Monday, Sarabia/Virgen will clash against the Grimalt cousins, champions of the last edition of the Pan American Games held in Lima in 2019, for first place of group A,

In Group B, Hagen Smith/Logan Webber (USA) had to dig deep to win 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-10) against Andy Leonardo/Luis García (PANAM), while Hans Hannibal/Nicolás Llambías (URU) won 2-0 (21-16, 23-21) against Ruddy Salvatierra/Luis Calvo (BOL).

In Group C, George/Andre (BRA) continued without complications and prevailed 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) against Juan Noriega/Johan Murray (COL). Meanwhile, Noslen Diaz/Jorge Alayo (CUB) comfortably won 2-0 (21-13, 21-12) against Armando Guatemala/Franklin Flores (ESA), setting the stage for Brazil and Cuba to decide the group’s top spot.

In Group D, Canadians Jake MacNeil/William Russell achieved a 2-0 victory (21-11, 21-14) against Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica. Argentinians Nicolás Capogrosso/Tomás Capogrosso won 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) against Dany León/Marcos Tenorio of Ecuador.

This is the most challenging group, as Ecuadorians León/Tenorio’s victory over Canada on the first day of competition, has left Argentina, Canada, and Ecuador with chances of qualification.

George of Brasil

Monday’s Matches:

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) vs Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T. (ARG) 12:30

Smith/Webber (USA) Hannibal/Llambías (URU) 13:00

D. Dyner/Varela (CRC) Leon/Marcos (ECU) 13:30

Blanco/Garcia (GUA) Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL) 14:00

Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR) Mora/Lopez (NCA) 18:00

George/Andre (BRA) Diaz/Alayo (CUB) 18:30

Noriega/Murray (COL) Guatemala/Flores (ESA) 19:30

Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) Sarabia/Virgen (MEX) 20:00

Eight pairs secured their second consecutive victory in Women’s Beach Volleyball at Santiago 2023

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 22, 2023 – Eight pairs secured their second consecutive victory in the Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, and on Monday they will compete for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The leaders of each group will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the second-place teams will face the third-place teams for the remaining quarterfinal spots.

In Group A, Chile’s María Rivas/Chris Vorpahl defeated Karelys Simisterra/Ariana Vilela (ECU) 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 18-16), snatching three match points for the Ecuadorian team. On Monday, they will face the Mexican pair of Abril Flores/Atenas Gutierrez, who also won their Sunday match against Angel Williams/Kianny Quesada (CRC) by a 2-0 (21-12, 21-9) score.

In Group B, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy of the United States obtained their second victory by defeating Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (PANAM) 2-0 (21-13, 21-11); while Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra (ARG) defeated Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona of Peru 2-0 (21-16, 21-15).

In Group C, the Brazilian pair Ana Patrícia/Duda won 2-0 (21-13, 21-10) against Diana Ríos/Margarita Guzmán (COL). Meanwhile, María Gonzalez/Alanis Navas of Puerto Rico triumphed 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) against Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina (ESA).

In Group D, Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes (CAN) won their second match  defeating Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar (DOM) 2-0 (22-20, 21-16). Erika Mongelos/Michelle Valiente (PAR) won 2-0 (21-8, 21-15) against Isabel Bianchi/Sol Acuña of Uruguay.

Angela Williams y Kianny Araya of Costa Rica

Monday’s Schedule:

Brandie/Melissa (CAN) vs Erika/Michelle (PAR) 10:30

Quiggle/Murphy (USA) vs Gallay/Pereyra (ARG) 11:00

Payano/Almanzar (DOM) vs Bianchi/Acuña (URU) 11:30

N. Giron/Alvarado (GUA) vs Allcca/Gaona (PER) 12:00

Ana Patrícia/Duda (BRA) vs Gonzalez/Navas (PUR) 16:30

Karelys/Ariana (ECU) vs Williams/Quesada (CRC) 17:00

Diana/Margarita G (COL) vs Soler/Molina (ESA) 17:30

Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI) vs Gutierrez/Flores (MEX) 19:00

Women make a strong start in Beach Volleyball at Santiago 2023

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 21, 2023.- The women’s beach volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 kicked off on Saturday, October 21, with the top-ranked pairs securing their victories without much trouble.

In Group A, the local duo Maria Rivas/Chris Vorpahl defeated Angel Williams/Kianny Quesada (CRC) with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) victory. After a closely contested start, Rivas/Vorpahl capitalized on their strong service to pull ahead, supported by a crowd of fans who filled the Beach Volleyball Center at Peñalolén Park.

Meanwhile, Atenas Gutierrez/Abril Flores (MEX) had to step up the pace against their opponents, ending with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) win over Karelys Simisterra/Ariana Vilela (ECU).

In Group B, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy from the United States overcame Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona from Peru with a 2-0 (21-13, 21-18) victory. Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra (ARG) won 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) against Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (PANAM).

In Group C, Ana Patricia/Duda (BRA) had no difficulties as they easily defeated Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina (ESA) with a 2-0 (21-9, 21-6) win. The Central American and Caribbean champions, María Gonzalez/Alanis Navas from Puerto Rico, secured a 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) victory over Diana Ríos/Margarita Guzmán (COL).

In Group D, Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes (CAN) won 2-0 (21-11, 21-6) against Isabel Bianchi/Sol Acuña from Uruguay. In an intense match, especially in the first set, Erika Mongelos/Michelle Valiente (PAR) emerged victorious with a 2-0 (22-20, 21-16) result against Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar (DOM).

Alanis Navas PUR

The group stage matches will continue on Sunday:

Brandie/Melissa (CAN) vs Payano/Almanzar (DOM) at 10:30

Erika/Michelle (PAR) vs Bianchi/Acuña (URU) at 11:30

Quiggle/Murphy (USA) vs N. Giron/Alvarado (GUA) at 11:00

Gallay/Pereyra (ARG) vs Allcca/Gaona (PER) at 12:00

Ana Patrícia/Duda (BRA) vs Diana/Margarita G (COL) at 16:30

Gutierrez/Flores (MEX) vs Williams/Quesada (CRC) at 17:00

Gonzalez/Navas (PUR) vs Soler/Molina (ESA) at 17:30

Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI) vs Karelys/Ariana (ECU) at 19:00

Exciting matchups in the men’s Beach Volleyball at Santiago 2023

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 21, 2023.- The men’s Beach Volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 kicked off on Saturday, October 21, with some tightly contested matches and others that ended quickly.

In Group A, the pair Miguel Sarabia/Juan Virgen (MEX) staged a comeback after losing the first set to win 2-1 (19-21, 21-14, 15-13) against Giuliano Massare/Gonzalo Melgarejo (PAR). The Mexians were trailing 10-12 in the third set but managed to tie it up and secure the set and the victory.

Meanwhile, the hosts Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt (CHI) closed the day with a 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) victory over Rubén Mora/Dany Lopez (NCA).

In Group B, Hagen Smith/Logan Webber (USA) overcame Ruddy Salvatierra/Luis Calvo (BOL) with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) win. Hans Hannibal/Nicolás Llambías (URU) defeated Andy Blanco/Luis García (GUA) with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) result.

In Group C, George/Andre (BRA) had no trouble securing a 2-0 (21-7, 21-13) victory over Armando Guatemala/Franklin Flores (ESA). Noslen Diaz/Jorge Alayo (CUB) also won without difficulties, 2-0 (21-8, 21-14), against Juan Noriega/Johan Murray (COL).

In Group D, the Ecuadorian pair, Dany León/Marcos Tenorio, delivered the first surprise of the tournament by defeating the Canadian team of Jake MacNeil/William Russell with a 2-0 (21-18, 22-20) score.

Meanwhile, Argentineans Nicolás Capogrosso/Tomás Capogrosso won 2-0 (21-12, 21-11) against Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela from Costa Rica.

Hagen Smith celebrate

Sunday’s matches for the second day:

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) vs D. Dyner/Varela (CRC) at 12:30

Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T. (ARG) vs Leon/Marcos (ECU) at 13:30

Smith/Webber (USA) vs Blanco/Garcia (GUA) at 13:00

Hannibal/Llambías (URU) vs Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL) at 14:00

Sarabia /Virgen (MEX) vs Mora/Lopez (NCA) at 18:00

George/Andre (BRA) vs Noriega/Murray (COL) at 18:30

Diaz/Alayo (CUB) vs Guatemala/Flores (ESA) at 19:30

Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR) at 20:00

A great atmosphere in Santiago 2023 beach volleyball

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 21, 2023. Beach volleyball at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games began this Saturday, October 21, with a large number of fans who filled the Beach Volleyball Center in Peñalolén Park.

On the first day of the day, with four women’s matches and four men’s matches, in women, in group D, Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes (CAN) defeated Isabel Bianchi/Sol Acuña, from Uruguay, 2-0 (21-11, 21-6). Erika Mongelos/Michelle Valiente (PAR) won 2-0 (22-20, 21-16) over Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar (DOM).

In group B, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy, from the USA, beat Lisbeth Allcca/Claudia Gaona, from Peru, 2-0 (21-13, 21-18). Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra (ARG) defeated Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (PANAM) 2-0 (21-11, 21-16).

Men’s matches

In group D, the Ecuatorian couple, Dany León/Marcos Tenorio, gave the first surprise of the tournament by beating the Canadians Jake MacNeil/William Russell 2-0 (21-18, 22-20).

Meanwhile, the Argentines Nicolás Capogrosso/Tomás Capogrosso beat Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela, from Costa Rica, 2-0 (21-12, 21-11).

In group B, Hagen Smith/Logan Webber (USA) beat Ruddy Salvatierra/Luis Calvo (BOL) 2-0 (21-15, 21-15). Hans Hannibal/Nicolás Llambías (URU) defeated Andy Blanco/Luis García (PANAM) 2-0 (21-14, 21-13).

Spectacular high-level expected at Pan American Beach Volleyball

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 20, 2023.- The Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 will kick off on Saturday at the Beach Volleyball Center in Parque Peñalolén that features two spectacular courts ready for a high-level competition.

The best pairs from the continent come together in pursuit of coveted medals at the Games.

The schedule and competition system were announced to the 32 pairs representing 16 countries in both men’s and women’s, by Ed Drakich, the International Technical Delegate, along with Mushtaque Mohammed and Glenn Quinlan, and Referee Delegate André Trotier.

In the men’s tournament, the local pair Marco and Esteban Grimalt, gold medalists in the last edition of the Games in Lima, will once again face Mexican Juan Virgen, the silver medalist, and Nicolás Capogrosso of Argentina, the bronze medalist.

In women, the golden duo from Lima 2019, Pardon/Cook of the USA, won’t be defending their title, but Corinne Quiggle and Sarah Murphy will represent the United States. Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereira from Argentina are the only medalists from the 2019 Pan American Games (silver) aiming for a podium finish again.

Brazilian powerhouse Ana Patrícia/Duda Brazil, 2022 World Champions and silver medalists at the recent 2023 World Championship in Tlaxcala, are determined to carry Brazil back to the top of the podium, a feat the South American country hasn’t achieved since 2011 (Brazil finished third in 2015 and 2019).

The Canadian duo of Brandie Wilkerson and Melissa Humana Paredes appears to be strong contenders. Both competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with different partners. Melissa made her Pan American Games debut in Toronto 2015. Melissa and Brandie are bringing experience and will push win a medal for Canada after many years.

Schedule for Saturday, October 21

Women’s Matches

Brandie/Melissa (CAN) will face Bianchi/Acuña from Uruguay at 10:30 a.m. on Court 1.

Followed by, Quiggle/Murphy (USA) against Allcca/Gaona from Peru on Court 2. Erika/Michelle (PAR) will play against Payano/Almanzar (DOM) on Court 2 at 11:30 a.m.

Gallay/Pereira (ARG) will face N. Girón/Alvarado (PANAM) on Court 1 at 12:00 p.m.

In the second block of women’s matches:

Ana Patrícia/Duda (BRA) will face Soler/Molina (ESA) at 4:30 p.m. on Court 2. Gutierrez/Flores (MEX) will compete against Karelys/Ariana (ECU) on Court 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Gonzalez/Navas (PUR) will face Diana/Margarita G (COL) on Court 2 at 5:30 p.m. The local pair, Rivas Zapata/Chris (CHI), will compete against Williams/Quesada (CRC) on Court 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Matches

MacNeil/Russell (CAN) will face León/Marcos (ECU) on Court 2 at 12:30 p.m. Smith/Webber (USA) will play against Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL) on Court 1 at 1:00 p.m.

Capogrosso N/Capogrosso T (ARG) will compete against D. Dyner/Varela (CRC) on Court 2 at 1:30 p.m. Hannibal/Llambías (URU) will face Blanco/García (PANAM) on Court 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Later in the day:

Sarabia/Virgen (MEX) will compete against Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR) on Court 1 at 6:00 p.m.

George/Andre (BRA) will face Guatemala/Flores (ESA) on Court 2 at 6:30 p.m. Diaz/Alayo (CUB) will compete against Noriega/Murray (COL) on Court 2 at 7:30 p.m. Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) will face Mora/Lopez (NCA) on Court 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Pool Distribution

Women

Pool A: Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica

Pool B: United States, Argentina, PANAM SPORT (Guatemala), Peru

Pool C: Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, El Salvador

Pool D: Canada, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay

Men

Pool A: Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Nicaragua

Pool B: United States, Uruguay, PANAM SPORT (Guatemala), Bolivia

Pool C: Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador

Pool D: Canada, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador

Melissa and Brandie Canada’s Santiago 2023 Opening Ceremony flag bearers

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 20, 2023.- The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced that beach volleyball partners Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson will be Team Canada’s flag bearers for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony. 

In the first year of their partnership, Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson are one of the top women’s beach volleyball teams in the world – currently fifth in the FIVB World Rankings. The duo, who were former indoor volleyball teammates at York University, began competing together professionally on the Beach Pro Tour in February. While Humana-Paredes is making her return to the Pan Am Games after debuting in her hometown at Toronto 2015, Wilkerson will be competing at her first Pan Ams in Santiago.

These will be a special Games for Humana-Paredes, whose parents are Chilean. Both women aim to be a positive force on and  off the court. Humana-Paredes has been a member of the Panam Sports Athlete Commission since 2019 and Wilkerson is the co-founder of Project Worthy, a scholarship program aimed at increasing BIPOC representation in volleyball. 

Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson both made their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020 with their former partners. Both pairs finished fifth, matching Canada’s best-ever Olympic result in women’s beach volleyball.

Canada has not won a Pan Am Games medal in beach volleyball since 1999. In the sport’s debut at the Pan Ams, Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann won gold in the men’s event on home sand in Winnipeg. 

The beach volleyball tournaments at Santiago 2023 take place October 21 to 27 (Days 1 to 7) at the Parque Peñalolen. Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson will open play October 21 against Uruguay. 

QUOTES:

“I’m extremely excited and honoured to have this role, to share my story as well as the story of my sport and federation. Honestly I’m just overjoyed. I’ve never experienced an Opening Ceremony before so to be able to do this, and with the person I’d want to do it with the most, is exciting. I’m so extremely proud to be Canadian!”

– Brandie Wilkerson, Team Canada Santiago 2023 Opening Ceremony flag bearer

“This is something that as an athlete you want to do one day and you hope you have the privilege of doing. The fact that I can do it in Chile, which is where my family is from, and that my family will be able to witness it, is extremely meaningful. At multi-sport events like this, I think it’s so important to share stories and to be models of different representations and different body types and different sports and different backgrounds and how we all come together and are united here as one. It gives you a lot of perspective and reminds you of why you’re doing this, and the power of sport. We’ve been part of Team Canada a couple of times, and every time it’s extra special to feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself.”

– Melissa Humana-Paredes, Team Canada Santiago 2023 Opening Ceremony flag bearer

“When we decide who will carry the Canadian flag at the Pan American Games, we look not only to athletes’ sporting achievements, but the values they demonstrate and their impact on others. Brandie and Melissa are both incredible athletes and inspirational role models. The way they carry themselves both on and off the field of play makes them the perfect choice for this role. I can’t wait to follow them into the Estadio Nacional as they proudly lead the way for Team Canada in the Opening Ceremony.”

– Christine Girard, Team Canada’s Santiago 2023 Chef de Mission 

“These incredible athletes are leaders in all that they do. From their great synergy on the court to their devotion off the field of play as leaders in their community, Brandie and Melissa truly reflect what our delegation stands for. To see them now get to share this experience as teammates will make it all the more special.”

Beach Volleyball brings together 32 teams at Santiago 2023

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 17, 2023 – The Beach Volleyball tournament at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games to be held at the Beach Volleyball Center at Peñalolén Park from October 21 to 27 will bring together 32 teams, with 16 pairs per gender.

Teams will compete in a preliminary pool stage, with four groups of four teams in each gender.

The top teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, while the second and third-placed teams will play in the round of 16 to determine the eight best teams in the tournament. From there on, semifinals and medal matches will be played.

Additionally, the teams that finish last in their group will compete for the 13th place, just as the losers in the round of 16 will vie for the 9th place, and those defeated in the quarterfinals will play for the fifth position.

Pool Distribution

Women

Pool A: Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica

Pool B: United States, Argentina, Independent Athletes (Guatemala), Peru

Pool C: Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, El Salvador

Pool D: Canada, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay

Men

Pool A: Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Nicaragua

Pool B: United States, Uruguay, Independent Athletes (Guatemala), Bolivia

Pool C: Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador

Pool D: Canada, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador

Pool Stage Schedule

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

Session 1

Women’s Tournament

10:30. Group D: Canada vs. Uruguay

11:00. Pool B: United States vs. Peru

11:30. Pool D: Paraguay vs. Dominican Republic

12:00. Pool B: Argentina vs. Independent Athletes Team

Men’s Tournament

12:30. Pool D: Canada vs. Ecuador

13:00. Pool B: United States vs. Bolivia

13:30. Pool D: Argentina vs. Costa Rica

14:00. Pool B: Uruguay vs. Independent Athletes Team

Session 2

Women’s Tournament

16:30. Pool C: Brazil vs. El Salvador

17:00. Pool A: Mexico vs. Ecuador

17:30. Pool C: Puerto Rico vs. Colombia

Men’s Tournament

18:00. Pool A: Mexico vs. Paraguay

18:30. Pool C: Brazil vs. El Salvador

Women’s Tournament

19:00. Pool A: Chile vs. Costa Rica

Men’s Tournament

19:30. Pool C: Cuba vs. Colombia

20:00. Pool A: Chile vs. Nicaragua

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

Session 1

Women’s Tournament

10:30. Pool D: Canada vs. Dominican Republic

11:00. Pool B: United States vs. Independent Athletes Team

11:30. Pool D: Paraguay vs. Uruguay

12:00. Pool B: Argentina vs. Peru

Men’s Tournament

12:30. Pool D: Canada vs. Costa Rica

13:00. Pool B: United States vs. Independent Athletes Team

13:30. Pool D: Argentina vs. Ecuador

14:00. Pool B: Uruguay vs. Bolivia

Session 2

Women’s Tournament

16:30. Pool C: Brazil vs. Colombia

17:00. Pool A: Mexico vs. Costa Rica

17:30. Pool p C: Puerto Rico vs. El Salvador

Men’s Tournament

18:00. Pool A: Mexico vs. Nicaragua

18:30. Pool C: Brazil vs. Colombia

Women’s Tournament

19:00. Pool A: Chile vs. Ecuador

Men’s Tournament

19:30. Pool C: Cuba vs. El Salvador

20:00. Pool A: Chile vs. Paraguay

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23

Session 1

Women’s Tournament

10:30. Pool D: Canada vs. Paraguay

11:00. Pool B: United States vs. Argentina

11:30. Pool D: Dominican Republic vs. Uruguay

12:00. Pool B: Independent Athletes Team vs. Peru

Men’s Tournament

12:30. Pool D: Canada vs. Argentina

13:00. Pool B: United States vs. Uruguay

13:30. Pool D: Costa Rica vs. Ecuador

14:00. Pool B: Independent Athletes Team vs. Bolivia

Session 2

Women’s Tournament

16:30. Pool C: Brazil vs. Puerto Rico

17:00. Pool A: Ecuador vs. Costa Rica

17:30. Pool C: Colombia vs. El Salvador

Men’s Tournament

18:00. Pool A: Paraguay vs. Nicaragua

18:30. Pool C: Brazil vs. Cuba

Women’s Tournament

19:00. Pool A: Chile vs. Mexico

Men’s Tournament

19:30. Pool C: Colombia vs. El Salvador

20:00. Pool A: Chile vs. Mexico

Dr. Ary Graça praises the World Championship in Tlaxcala and the Mexican Volleyball Federation

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 15, 2023 – FIVB President, Dr. Ary Graça, commended the organization of the 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Tlaxcala, Mexico, during a meeting with the President of the Mexican Volleyball Federation, Jesús Perales Navarro.

The highest volleyball world executive made an assessment of what Mexico represents as a Federation which has been highly positive for the FIVB, as it has demonstrated the capacity to successfully host international events, such as the World Junior Championships, stages of the Beach Volleyball World Tour, and, of course, the current World Championship in Tlaxcala, which is the first to be organized outside of the European continent in the past 20 years.

Dr. Graça emphasized the importance of Mexico as one of the six countries that participated in all the World Junior Volleyball Championships this year, highlighting the future and potential of its teams.

Therefore, for Dr. Graça, future events in Mexico are of great interest, with a focus on supporting the Mexican national teams with world-class coaching staff, as well as future international events to be held in Mexico and its Professional Volleyball League, all fueled by Mexico’s passionate fan base.

“Mexico is on the right path”, Dr. Graça commented. “It’s a work that requires a lot of patience, laying the foundation with the youth categories, and it’s of great interest to continue supporting Mexico’s volleyball” he added.

A look ahead of Beach Volleyball at the Pan American Games

SANTIAGO, Chile, October 16, 2023.- The Beach Volleyball double gender tournament at the 2023 Pan American Sports Games will take place at Peñalolén Park in the City of Santiago, Chile, from October 21 to 27.

The Beach Volleyball Center in Peñalolén Park will gather 19 countries competing for seven days.

Beach Volleyball was first introduced to the Pan American Games at the Winnipeg 1999 edition and has been dominated by Brazil in both men and women.

Brazil has won the men’s tournament in two occasions, in Rio De Janeiro 2007 and Guadalajara 2011, of the five times they’ve reached the gold medal match. Emanuel Fernando Scheffler Rego, three-time Olympic medalist, won them both, in 2007 with Ricardo Santos and in 2011 with Alison, both also Olympic medalists.

In the past edition of Lima 2019, Brazil didn’t reach the podium. Canada, Chile, Cuba and Mexico have one gold medal each.

Chilean cousins Marco and Esteban Grimalt won the previous edition, the only medal for Chile and as hosts are targeting to repeat their feat in front of the home crowd.

In women, Brazil won in Winninpeg 1999, Rio De Janeiro 2007 and Guadalajara 2011. Juliana Silva and Larissa França won back-to-back the 2007 and 2011 editions, the duo was world champions in 2011. Argentina, Cuba and the United States have one gold medal each.

USA’s Jace Pardon and Karissa Cook won the previous edition of the Games in Lima 2019.

Men’s Podiums

YEARGOLDSILVERBRONZE
1999Holden/Leinemann CANLula Barbosa/Garrido BRALopes/Neto BRA
2003Alvarez/Rossell CUBLuizão/Paulo Emilio BRAHernández/Papaleo PUR
2007Emanuel/Ricardo BRALoomis/Stolfus USAAlvarez/Munder CUB
2011Alison/Emanuel BRAHernández/Mussa VENEtchegaray/Suárez ARG
2015Ontiveros/Virgen MEXAlvaro/Vitor BRADíaz/Gonzalez CUB
2019Grimalt/Grimalt CHIOntiveros/Virgen MEXCapogrosso/Azaad ARG

Men’s Composite Medals

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
BRA2316
MEX1102
CUB1023
CAN1002
CHI1001
USA0101
VEN0101
ARG0022
PUR0011

Women’s Podiums

YEARGOLDSILVERBRONZE
1999Behar/Bedê BRAPavley/Miller USAAmaral/Huerta MEX
2003Fernández/Larrea CUBGarcía/Gaxiola MEXAna/Larissa BRA
2007Juliana/Larissa BRAFernández/Larrea CUBCandelas/García MEX
2011Juliana/Larissa BRACandelas/García MEXSantiago/Yantín PUR
2015Gallay/Klug ARGFlores/Martínez CUBCarolina/Liliane BRA
2019Pardon/Cook USAGallay/Pereyra ARGAngela/Carolina BRA

Women’s Composite Medals 

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
BRA3036
CUB1203
ARG1102
USA1102
MEX0224
PUR0011

Cheng and Hughes dethrone Duda and Ana Patrícia to become world champions in Mexico

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 15, 2023.- The United States are back at the top of the women’s podium at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships after 14 years as Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes triumphed in the 14th edition of the tournament, which came to an end on Sunday in Tlaxcala.

In an exciting gold medal match, Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes dethroned defending champions Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa and Ana Patrícia Ramos of Brazil, who got to the last day of the event undefeated and with no sets dropped, to secure a two-set (21-16, 24-22) victory. Their compatriots Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss took bronze, making the Americans have two teams on the podium for the first time since 1999.

The 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships matches are available on demand on VBTV.

Cheng and Hughes’ world title came in their second stint as partners. The two, who formed the most successful team in the history of American collegiate beach volleyball and took bronze at the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championships, competed together internationally from 2015 to 2018, when they split.

The two reunited at the end of 2022 and have had great success since then, winning four titles in the 12 Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour events before the biggest victory of their careers on Sunday in Tlaxcala.

“I’m just so thankful for Sara,” Cheng reacted. “I’m so proud of her and I just thank God for putting us back together. I’m very thankful to be here.”

The 28-year-old Americans became the third different team from their country to triumph at the World Championships, joining three-time winners Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who won the 2003, 2005 and 2007 editions of the tournament, and April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, who took the title in 2009. The United States have now five golds, trailing Brazil by just one among the women.

Cheng and Hughes’ victory in Tlaxcala also earned the United States a berth at next year’s Paris Olympics. If the two are confirmed to occupy that spot in the Games, it would be the second Olympic appearance for Cheng, who took ninth in Tokyo 2020 with Sarah Sponcil, and the first for Hughes. The new world champions also get to split the 60,000 dollars prize money offered to the winners.

Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes USA 2023 World Champions

Beach Volleyball World Championships – Results

The bronze medal match at the Tlaxcala Bullring saw a battle between Kloth and Nuss and Australian Olympic medalists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho, which was won by the Americans in three sets (15-21, 21-19, 15-8).

The most relevant result of their professional career so far, the bronze medal won in Tlaxcala marked the sixth podium appearance of the Americans in 2023 – they took gold in La Paz and Uberlândia, silver in Hamburg and Paris and bronze in Gstaad on Beach Pro Tour Elite16 tournaments.

Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss USA 2023 World Championship Bronze Medalists

“I can’t thank Mexico enough, from the bottom of my heart”, said the 1.73m-tall Nuss, who earned the nickname ‘Chaparrita’ (shorty, in Spanish) from the Mexican fans. “I love my new nickname and we’re definitely going to have a churro and probably a Margherita because it’s Mexico, so why not? We’re also very thankful for all the support we have back home.”

Czechs Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner won the men’s gold to Sweden’s David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig in a fantastic three-set (21-15, 17-21, 15-13) battle at the Tlaxcala Bullring. Poland’s Michal Bryl and Bartosz Łosiak took bronze defeating USA’s Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb in two sets (21-17, 21-18).

USA vs. Brazil rivalry to have another chapter in Tlaxcala final

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 14, 2023.- For the seventh time in 14 editions of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and the first since 2011, beach volleyball powerhouses the United States and Brazil will meet in the gold medal match of the event, on Sunday, in Mexico.

Cheng/Hughes and Duda/Ana Patrícia to play for the world title in Mexico on Sunday

Set to start at 16:00 local time (22:00 UTC) at the Tlaxcala Bullring, the decider of the event will reunite Americans Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes and defending champions Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa and Ana Patrícia Ramos of Brazil. Earlier, at 13:15 local time (19:15 UTC), USA’s Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss and Australia’s Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho will meet for bronze.

Watch the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships live on VBTV.

The gold medal match in Tlaxcala will be the tie-breaker between the countries when it comes to World Championships finals as each nation has won three of the previous six encounters and also between the two duos, which are even with two triumphs in their four international duels to date. The last final involving South Americans and North Americans was in 2011, when Juliana Felisberta and Larissa França defeated Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor in Rome.

Brazil, with 17 medals (six golds, five silver and six bronze), and the United States, with 11 (four golds, five silver and two bronze), are the top medal-winners among the women at the World Championships. In each of the 14 editions of the event, there was at least one team from one of the two countries at the podium and only once, in 2013, no Brazilians or Americans played in the final.

The all-American semifinal in Tlaxcala was a match full of ups and downs and turnarounds. Cheng and Hughes, who had lost a match in pool play in Mexico, took down the then-undefeated Kloth and Nuss in the tie-breaker (18-21, 21-12, 15-13) to move forward.

The duel in the semifinals in Tlaxcala marked the sixth time the two teams, who are the heavy favorites to represent the United States at next year’s Paris Olympics, met in 2023. It was the fourth time Cheng and Hughes prevailed over Kloth and Nuss, who had triumphed in the last two encounters.

The 28-year-old Cheng and Hughes, who are in their second stint as partners, continue in great form since they reunited, at the end of 2022. Since they joined forces again, the Americans have won four titles in the 12 Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour events they played, never finishing worse than ninth.

Beach Volleyball World Championships – Match Schedule and Results

In the match that ended the day at the Tlaxcala Bullring, Duda and Ana Patrícia continued their strong run to their second-straight world title, claiming their sixth two-set victory in the tournament, downing Tokyo Olympic silver medalists Clancy and Mariafe 2-0 (21-17, 21-14).

In men, Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner of the United States will play for the bronze medal against Poland’s Michal Bryl/Bartosz Łosiak at 12:00 local time (18:00 UTC). The gold medal will be at 14:30 local time (20:30 UTC) between Swedisth Åhman/Hellvig and Czechs Perusic/Schweiner.

The Americanas lost in semifinals to Czechia’s Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (15-21, 12-21) in semifinals.

Americans Hughes/Cheng and Nuss/Kloth to meet in Semifinals

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 13, 2023.- The women’s semifinals of the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will have an All-American duel and a battle between duos from Brazil and Australia on Saturday in Tlaxcala. The matchups were set at the conclusion of the quarterfinal round of the tournament in Mexico, on Friday.

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USA’s Kelly Cheng/Sara Hughes and Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss will open the semifinals at the Tlaxcala Bullring at 18:00 local time (00:00 UTC, Sunday), with Brazil’s Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa/Ana Patrícia Ramos and Australia’s Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho meeting two hours later.

The two quarterfinals held in Tlaxcala ended with American duos on top. In the first of them, Cheng and Hughes gave no chance to Brazilians Tainá Bigi and Victoria Lopes, moving forward with a two-set (21-14, 21-16) win.

Prior to the meeting with the Brazilians, Cheng and Hughes had played in tie-breakers in both the Round of 32 and the Round of 16. In the quarterfinals, the two had a stronger start and took control of the match from the beginning.

In the second quarterfinal match of the night in Tlaxcala, Kloth and Nuss dropped their first set in the tournament, but still walked away with a 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-8) over reigning European champions Nina Brunner and Tanja Hüberli of Switzerland.

Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss (USA)

Defending champions Duda and Ana Patrícia get to the semifinals as the only team in the entire tournament to have not dropped a single set yet. In their sixth match in Huamantla, the Brazilians topped Dutch Olympians Raisa Schoon and Katja Stam 2-0 (21-16, 21-16) in the quarterfinals.

Their semifinal opponents, Australians Clancy and Mariafe took bronze at the 2019 World Championship. The Tokyo Olympic silver medalists sealed their return to the semifinals with a sweep (22-20, 21-16) of Canadian Olympians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson in Apizaco.

Beach Volleyball World Championships – Match Schedule and Results

Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner make it to the semifinals

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 13, 2023.- Trevor Crabb and Theodore Brunner of the United States beat Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes on Friday to make it into the men’s semifinals of the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship.

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Besides USA’s Trevor Crabb/Theo Brunner, Poland’s Michal Bryl/Bartosz Łosiak, Sweden’s David Åhman/Jonatan Hellvig and Czechs Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner also advanced to the semifinals, which will be held on Saturday in Tlaxcala.

The Americans will meet Czechs Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner who knocked out defending champions Anders Mol and Cristian Sorum of Norway. The other semifinal feature Bryl/Łosiak and Åhman/Hellvig.

Bryl/Łosiak and Åhman/Hellvig will battle in the first semifinal, set to start at 17:00 local time (23:00 UTC), with Perusic/Schweiner meeting Brunner/Crabb two hours later at the Tlaxcala Bullring.

Brunner and Crabb dominated Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes in two sets (21-17, 21-14) in Huamantla to book their spots in the semifinals.

Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner (USA) against Brazil

Perusic and Schweiner showed nerves of steel to upset Olympic and world champions Mol and Sørum in the tie-breaker (21-14, 14-21, 15-12) in the quarterfinals.

In the other quarterfinal held in Tlaxcala, Poles Bryl and Łosiak eliminated Americans Miles Partain and Andy Benesh with a straight-set (21-19, 21-16) victory and will both appear in the semifinals of the World Championships for the first time in their careers.

Åhman and Hellvig were pushed to their limits by Dutch Stefan Boermans and Yorick de Groot in Apizaco but managed to secure a three-set (32-30, 22-24, 15-12) win and advance to the semifinals in the first appearance at the World Championship.

Beach Volleyball World Championships – Match Schedule and Results

Canada and two USA teams move into the Women’s quarterfinals

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 12, 2023.- Kloth/Nuss, Hughes/Cheng from the United States and Melissa/Brandie of Canada move into the women’s quarterfinals of the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship after the Round of 16 was completed across four Mexican cities on Thursday.

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Americans Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss continued their march to the medal rounds with a two-set (24-22, 21-14) victory over Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Rebecca Cavalcanti in Tlaxcala.

Competing at the World Championships for the first time, the Americans have eliminated two world champions in the last two days – Canadian Sarah Pavan in the Round of 32 and Agatha in the Round of 16.

In the quarterfinals, Kloth and Nuss will meet reigning European champions Nina Brunner and Tanja Hüberli of Switzerland, who overcame another American duo in the Round of 16, beating Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles in straight sets (21-17, 27-25).

Sara Hughes USA

The second American team in the quarterfinals, Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes had a tougher path on Thursday, coming from behind to defeat Latvian stars Tina Graudina and Anastasija Samoilova in the tie-breaker (19-21, 21-16, 15-11).

Their quarterfinal opponents, Tainá Bigi and Victoria Lopes also had a dramatic Round of 16 victory in Tlaxcala. The Brazilians got the better of Germans Svenja Müller and Cinja Tillmann, who had defeated them in pool play, winning a tight three-set (21-19, 22-24, 15-13) match and eliminating last year’s bronze medalists.

Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson also kept their record clean in Mexico, getting their fifth straight-set (21-14, 21-11) victory in the event against Swiss Esmée Böbner and Zoé Vergé-Dépré. They will now face Tokyo Olympic silver medalists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho of Australia, who needed the tie-breaker (21-18, 15-21, 15-11) to handle Italians Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi.

Brandie Wilkerson and Melissa Humana-Paredes CAN

Cheng/Hughes and Tainá/Victoria will play in the first quarterfinal, in Tlaxcala, at 17:00 local time (23:00 UTC). One hour later, Clancy/Mariafe and Melissa/Brandie will clash in Apizaco. Tlaxcala will host the third duel of the day, between Kloth/Nuss and Brunner/Hüberli, at 19:00 local time (01:00 UTC, Saturday). The match between Duda/Ana Patrícia and Stam/Schoon will end the day, at 21:00 local time (03:00 UTC).

Beach Volleyball World Championships – Match Schedule and Results

Both USA Men duos make it to Quartefinals

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 12, 2023.- Theo Brunner/Trevor Crabb and Miles Partrain/Andy Benesh of the United States made into the men’s quarterfinals of the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship winning thier Round of 16 matches on Thursday.

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Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb topped Australians Thomas Hodges and Zachery Schubert in two sets (21-17, 21-17).

In the quarterfinals, Theo and Trevor will face Brazilians Pedro Solberg/Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes who overcame compatriots Evandro Gonçalves/Arthur Lanci in a tie-break (15-21, 24-22, 15-11).

Miles Partain and Andy Benesh beat Italians Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula in straight sets (21-14, 21-17).

Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb USA

Partrain and Benesh will meet Poles Michal Bryl and Bartosz Łosiak in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Poles eliminated Germans Nils Ehlers and Clemens Wickler in two sets (21-18, 21-16).

Also advancing, reigning Olympic and world champions Anders Mol and Christian Sørum of Norway beat Italians Paolo Nicolai and Samuele Cottafava 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) in the Round of 16 and will now play Czechs Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner, who prevailed over Italians Daniele Lupo and Enrico Rossi in two sets (21-15, 21-17).

Stefan Boermans/Yorick de Groot of the Netherlands obtained a three-set (21-18, 16-21, 15-13) victory over compatriots Matthew Immers/Steven Van de Velde, and will now face David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig of Sweden who eliminated Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands with a two-set (21-13, 21-11) victory.

The men’s quarterfinals will start in Tlaxcala, at 16:00 local time (22:00 UTC) and will continue with matches in Tlaxcala at 18:00 local time (00:00 UTC, Saturday) and Apizaco at 19:00 local time (01:00 UTC, Saturday) before concluding with an encounter in Huamantla at 20:00 local time (00:20 UTC, Saturday).

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Seven NORCECA teams make it to the Round of 16 in Mexico

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 11, 2023.- Seven NORCECA teams remain in competition at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Tlaxcala, advancing into Thursday’s Round of 16.

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USA’s Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb eliminated an Australian duo and will now face another one from the same country in the Round of 16. They defeated Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett in two sets (21-15, 21-17) on Wednesday and will now meet Thomas Hodges and Zachery Schubert, who overcame Canadians Sam Schachter and Dan Dearing 2-0 (21-16, 24-22).

Another American duo, Andy Benesh and Miles Partain triumphed over Poles Piotr Kantor and Jakub Zdybek in straight sets (21-17, 21-16) and will face Italians Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri in the Round of 16 who beat China’s Ha Likejiang and Wu Jiaxinin 2-0 (21-17, 25-23).

Trevor Crabb USA

In the women’s field, Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss of the United States, still undefeated in Mexico, advanced to the next round with a sweep (23-21, 21-12) of Canadians Sarah Pavan and Molly McBain. They will now face Brazilians Agatha and Rebecca.

The United States will have another team in the Round of 16, in Terese Cannon and Megan Kraft, who advanced with a three-set (22-24, 24-22, 15-12) win over Brazilians Andressa Cavalcanti and Vitoria Rodrigues. Their next opponents will be Dutch Raisa Schoon and Katja Stam, who knocked out the European Championship silver medalists, Daniela Álvarez and Tania Moreno of Spain, in straight sets (34-32, 23-21).

Americans Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes, who overcame the Austrian Klinger sisters Ronja and Dorina in the tie-breaker (27-25, 19-21, 15-9) will face Latvians Tina Graudina and Anastasija Samoilova, who topped China’s Jie Dong/Fan Wang 2-0 (21-14, 21-17).

Kelly Cheng USA attacks against Austria

Another American team, formed by Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles, also made it to the Round of 16 with a two-set (23-21, 21-8) win over Czechs Barbora Hermannová and Marie-Sara Štochlová. Their next opponents will be reigning European champions Nina Brunner and Tanja Hüberli of Switzerland, who topped Poland’s Jagoda Gruszczynska/Aleksandra Wachowicz in two sets (21-16, 21-14).

Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes and Esmée Böbner/Zoé-Vergé-Dépré will meet in the last Round of 16 duel. The Canadians advanced with a sweep (21-17, 21-17) of Finland’s Taru Lathi/Niina Ahtiainen while the Swiss knocked out French Lézana Placette and Alexia Richard also in two sets (26-24, 21-16).

The eight Round of 16 duels will be held on Thursday, during the afternoon, in Mexico, with Tlaxcala hosting half of the matches per gender and Huamantla and Apizaco welcoming two encounters each per gender.

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Pavan/McBain and Evans/Budinger advance to the Round of 32 in Mexico

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 10, 2023.- Canadians Sarah Pavan and Molly McBain and USA’s Miles Evans and Chase Budinger earned a second chance at the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships on Tuesday by winning their ‘lucky loser’ matches in Mexico and remaining alive in the tournament.

With 32 of the 48 teams that started the tournament in contention, the Round of 32 will be played on Wednesday across the cities of Tlaxcala, Apizaco and Huamantla, opening the elimination rounds of the event, which will continue until Sunday, when the medal matches will be held.

Reuniting the eight lower-ranked third-placed teams from the pool stage, the ‘lucky loser’ round featured four matches per gender on Tuesday.

In the women’s field Olympian Sarah Pavan with partner Molly McBain defeated Ariana/Karelys of Ecuador 2-0 (21-13, 21-10) in Tlaxcala.

Mexicans Atenas Gutiérrez and Abril Flores were eliminated after falling 1-2 (18-21, 21-19, 10-15) against Klinger D./Klinger R. from Austria.

In Apizaco, Americans Miles Evans and Chase Budinger eliminated the last Mexican team in the event, defeating Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia 2-0 (24-22, 21-19).

Evans/Budinger (USA) v Sarabia/Virgen (MEX)

NORCECA teams still in competition: WOMEN Kristen Noth/Taryn Kloth USA, Sara Hughes/Kelly Cheng USA, Melissa Humana-Paredes/Brandie Wilkerson CAN, Julia Scoles/Betsi Flint USA, Terese Cannon/Megan Kraft USA, Sarah Pavan/Molly McBain CAN. MEN Miles Partrain/Andrew Benesh USA, Trevor Crabb/Theodore Brunner USA, Jorge Luis Alayo/Noslen Diaz CUB, Samuel Schachter/Daniel Dearing CAN, Miles Evans/Chase Budinger USA.

Cuba’s Alayo/Diaz and Canada’s Schachter/Dearing move forward in Tlaxcala

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 10, 2023.- Cuba’s Jorge Alayo/Noslen Diaz and Canada’s Sam Schachter/Daniel Dearing advanced to the Round of 32 at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

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Jorge Alayo and Noslen Diaz topped pool I with two victories and one loss, after beating Mexico’s Ricardo Galindo and Oziel Aguirre 2-0 (21-18, 21-11) on Monday.

Sam Schachter/Daniel Dearing beat Abicha/El Azhari of Morocco 2-0 (21-19, 21-10) to claim second place in pool L with a 2-1 record.

Mexico’s Miguel Sarabia and Juan Virgen finished third place in pool L after falling 0-2 (24-26, 17-21) to Vitor Felipe/Renato of Brazil.

Sarabia and Virgen will play the ‘lucky loser’ round on Tuesday against Miles Evans and Chase Budinger of the United States for another chance to make it into the Round of 32, which will be held on Wednesday.

Beach Volleyball World Championships – Match Schedule and Results

In the women’s field, Americans Terese Cannon and Megan Kraft (2-1) also advanced winning pool I after beating Xue/X.Y. Xia of China 2-0 (22-20, 21-14).

Making it into the ‘lucky loser’ round are Canadians Sarah Pavan and Molly McBain, and Mexicans Atenas Gutierrez and Abril Flores. Pavan/McBain beat Allanis Navas and Maria Gutierrez of Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) to finish third in pool H. Gutierrez/Flores, third in pool L after falling to Swiss Vergé-Depré A./Mäder.

On Tuesday, Pavan and McBain will face Ariana/Karelys of Ecuador, while Gutierrez and Flores play Klinger D./Klinger R. of Austria, for a spot in the Round of 32.  

Three USA Men duos move forward in Tlaxcala

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 9, 2023.- American duos Andy Benesh/Miles Partain, Theo Brunner/Trevor Crabb, and Chase Budinger/Miles Evans, became on Sunday one of the first men’s teams to advance to the elimination rounds in the Tlaxcala 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championship.

Benesh and Partrain, with three wins in their three Pool C matches in Tlaxcala, the winners of this year’s Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Gstaad Elite16 finished in first place in the pool and completed the first round of the tournament undefeated.

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On Sunday, at the Tlaxcala Bullring, the 28-year-old Benesh and the 21-yer-old Partain trailed for the first time in the event but raised their game to beat French Youssef Krou and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat 2-1 (16-21, 21-15, 15-10) in a rainy match to keep their clean record.

Ranked fourth in the FIVB Beach Volleyball Men’s World Rankings, the Americans now focus on the Round of 32, which begins on Wednesday.

One of the toughest pools in the event, Pool D had a lot of turnarounds on Sunday before ending with Americans Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb in first place and Ukrainians Sergiy Popov and Eduard Reznik in second place. Last-minute entrants Chase Budinger and Miles Evans of the United States finished third and continue in the tournament.

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Pool play will be completed on Monday, when 16 men’s matches will be played and the remaining eight pools will be set. The ‘lucky loser’ round will be played on Tuesday, ahead of the Round of 32, on Wednesday.

Results:

Benesh/Partrain 2-0 (21-9, 21-14) v Peter/Hernan (FIVB); 2-0 (23-21, 21-17) v Mol H./Berntsen (NOR); 2-1 (16-21, 21-15, 15-10) v Krou/Gauthier-Rat (FRA).

Crabb Tr/Brunner 1-2 (20-22, 21-18, 7-15) v Popov/Reznik (UKR); 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) v Evans/Budinger (USA); 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-12) v George/Andre (BRA).

Evans/Budinger (USA) 0-2 (17-21, 22-24) v Geroge/Andre (BRA); 0-2 (18-21, 18-21) v Crabb Tr/Brunner (USA); 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) v Popov/Reznik (UKR).

Four NORCECA Women teams with 2-0 record guaranteed to move on in Tlaxcala

TLAXCALA, Mexico, October 9, 2023.- With two wins, Americans Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss, Sarah Hughes/Kelly Cheng and Julia Scoles/Betsi Flint, and Canadians Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes are guaranteed a spot in the Round of 32 in the 2023 Tlaxcala 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championship.

With two wins in their first matches in Tlaxcala, the four teams are one of the 12 women’s duos that clinched a spot in the elimination rounds of the event one day ahead of time, on Sunday.

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With still one match left to complete the preliminary round, Nuss/Kloth and Hughes/Cheng, the numbers 2 and 3 ranked team of the event, lead pool B and Ce respectively. Melissa/Brandie are on top of pool D and Scoles/Flint of pool J.

Pool play concludes on Monday, with the last 24 matches (two in each pool) completing the schedule for the opening round of the tournament. At the end of the day, the 28 teams that will advance directly to the Round of 32 and the eight that will have to play the ‘lucky loser’ round will be known. The ‘lucky loser’ round will be played on Tuesday, ahead of the Round of 32, on Wednesday.

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Results:

Nuss/Kloth 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) v Akiko/Yurika (JPN); 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) v Paulikiene/Raupelyte (LTU).
Hughes/Cheng 2-0 (21-4, 21-10) v Albarran/Vidaurrazaga (MEX); 2-0 (21-17, 21-12) v Ittlinger/Borger (GER).
Melissa/Brandie 2-0 (21-9, 21-10) v Yakki/Mahassine (MAR); 2-0 (21-14, 21-10) v Erika/Michelle (PAR).
Scoles/Flint 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) v Klinger D./Klinger R. (AUT); 2-0 (21-4, 21-11) v Quesada/Williams (CRC).  

Historic Beach Volleyball World Championship in Tlaxcala starts Friday

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 3, 2023.- The pool phase of the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Champions is fully set to start with 96 teams representing 40 different countries to compete in Mexico from October 6-15.

Marking the return of the event to Latin America for the first in two decades, the 14th edition of the World Championship will be played across four venues in the cities of Tlaxcala, Huamantla and Apizaco and will include as many as 216 matches – half in each gender.

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The men’s and women’s winners will each earn a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics for their countries as well as a share of the $ 1 million prize money.

During the first phase of the tournament, teams in each of the 12 pools will play in a round-robin format. The top two teams in each pool and the best four teams that rank third in their respective pools will move directly to the Round of 32.

The remaining eight third-placed tandems will play a four-match lucky loser round to fill the last four spots in the elimination rounds. From the Round of 32 forward, the tournament continues on a single elimination format, with the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal matches.

These are the teams representing NORCECA:

MEN

Miles Partrain/Andrew Benesh (3) USA, Miguel Sarabia/Juan Virgen (12) USA, Chaim Schalk/Tri Bourne (19) USA, Trevor Crabb/Theodore Brunner (21) USA, Jorge Luis Alayo/Noslen Diaz (33) CUB, Samuel Schachter/Daniel Dearing (36) CAN, Ricardo Galindo/Isaias Oziel Aguirre (40) MEX, Jorge Barajas/Gabriel Cruz (41) MEX, Andy Alexis Blanco/Luis Garcia (42) GUA, Ruben Mora/Dany Lopez (44) NCA.

WOMEN

Kristen Noth/Taryn Kloth (2) USA, Sara Hughes/Kelly Cheng (3) USA, Melissa Humana-Paredes/Brandie Wilkerson (4) CAN, Atenas Gutierrez/Abril Castro (12) MEX, Julia Scoles/Betsi Flint (15) USA, Terese Cannon/Megan Kraft (16) USA, Sarah Pavan/Molly McBain (32) CAN, Alexandra Klineman/Hailey Harward (38) USA, Kianny Araya Quesada/Angel Williams (39) CRC, Susan Torres/Ivanna Rivera (40) MEX, Allanis Navas/Maria Gonzalez (41) PUR, Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano (44) DOM, Esperanza Albarran/Yeray Vidaurrazaga (46) MEX.

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Nuss & Kloth finish second at Paris Elite16

PARIS, France, October 2, 2023.- For a second consecutive time, after the Hamburg Elite16 in August, Taryn Kloth & Kristen Nuss of the United States lost to top-seeded Duda/Ana Patricia of Brazil in the women’s final to settle for silver, their second on the Tour.

The second-seeded Americans also have four gold and one bronze medal in their showcase.

The Paris Elite16 Beach Por Tour took place at Roland-Garros Stadium from September 27 to October 1.

The Paris bronze went to last year’s Paris Elite16 winners Katja Stam & Raisa Schoon of the Netherlands, who won 2-0 (21-17, 22-20) over Gottardi & Megegatti of Italy.

Taryn Kloth & Kristen Nuss

In Sunday’s gold medal game, Ana Patricia & Duda and Nuss & Kloth engaged in a three-set battle at the end of which the Brazilians celebrated a 2-1 (21-10, 18-21, 15-13) victory. The South Americans were really convincing during the first set to win it by a wide margin, but the North Americans came back to gain control in the second, level the match and push it to a tie-breaker.

In semifinals, Nuss & Kloth beat Italians Gottardi & Menegatti 2-0 (21-13, 21-17).  

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NORCECA teams final standings

Women: 2. Nuss/Kloth (USA), 5. Melissa/Brandie (CAN), Hughes/Cheng (USA), 9. Scoles/Flint, 13. Cannon/Kraft, 17, Pavan/McBain, 21. Alix/Harward.

Men: 9. Partrain/Benesh (USA), 17. Crabb Tr./Brunner, 21. Evans/Brudinger (USA), Schalk/Bourne.

The United States wins men’s gold in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 1, 2023.- In a match that went to the maximum of three sets, the United States couple Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend took top honors in the Punta Cana Volleyball Classic for the second consecutive year, defeating the Canada duo Jake MacNeil/William Russell 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 15-11).

The bronze also went to the United States with the Hagen Smith/Logan Webber duo that defeated the Mexicans Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre 2-0 (22-20, 21-13).

Fifth place was occupied by the Canadian pair Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp who beat the Guatemalan duo Andy Blanco/Luis García 2-0 21-15, 21-11).

The Dominicans Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez finished seventh by dispatching Eddy Toro/Gregory De La Cruz of Aruba in two sets (21-19, 21-19), while Robert Cronshaw/Bryce Mayer of the Virgin Islands finished ninth after winning their match against the Dominicans Jorge Rosario/Rolvin Maldonado 2-0 (21-16, 21-15).

Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend USA

Eleventh position went to the Costa Ricans Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela who defeated Zendai Richards/Shawn Seabrookes from Saint Kitts 2-0 (21-16, 21-16).

The other results of the day were:

Jake MacNeil/William Russell (CAN) d Ricardo Galindo/Isaías Aguirre 2-0 21-16, 21-15), Timothy Brewster/Kyle Friend USA) d Hagen Smith/Logan Webber 2-0 (21-9, 21-16 ), Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield (TTO) d Christopher Oxford/Isaac Nelson (GRN) 2-0 (21-6, 21-14), Arran Chambers/Liam Kopp (CAN) d Eddy Toro/Gregory De La Cruz (ARU ) 2-0 (21-16, 21-15), Andy Blanco/Luis García (GUA) d Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez (DOM) 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 21-15).

Puerto Rico takes gold in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 1, 2023.- The Puerto Rican duo Allanis Navas/María González won the gold medal this sunday at the Fourth Stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour 2023 after beating the team of USA Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner 2-0 (23-21, 21-11).

The bronze was won by the other pair from the United States Corine Quiggle/Sarah Murphy who defeated the Dominican Republic duo Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano 2-0 (21-15, 21-19).

In fifth position were the Canadians Dana Roskic/Calinda Kok who defeated the Mexicans Esperanza Albarrán/Yeray Vidaurrazaga 2-0 (21-17,21-18).

The Costa Ricans Angel Williams/Kianny Quesada finished seventh, defeating Guatemala Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15-12).

Allanis Navas of Puerto Rico digs

The other Canadian duo Lea Monkhouse/Marie-AlexBelanger finished ninth, beating the Virgin Islands Melanie Valenciana/Taylor Buckner 2-0 (21-10, 21-8), while the eleventh position was occupied by the Dominicans Crismil Paniagua/Nallelin Taveras who they beat Suraya Chase/Phylecia Armstrong 2-0 21-17, 21-5).

The other results of the day were:

Kathya Vasquez/Sofía Velasquez (ESA) d Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon (TTO) 2-0 (21-11, 21-16), Lexy Denaburg/Molly Turner (USA) d Corine Quiggle/Sarah Murphy (USA) 2-0 (21-14, 21-13), Allanis Navas/María González (PUR) d Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano (DOM) 2-0 (21-13, 21-10), Esperanza Albarrán/Yeray Vidaurrazaga (MEX) d Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (GUA) 2-0 (21-11, 21-12), Dana Roskic/Calinda Kok (CAN) d Angel Williams/Kianny Quesada (CRC) 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15 -9).

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:

Athletes
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

Dominica takes top spot in ECVA U19 female Beach Tournament

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Sept 03:-Dominica defeated Antigua and Barbuda in straight sets 21 18 21 15 in the finals of the female U-19 beach volleyball competition.

The victory was achieved in a workman-like manner. The pair of Edmund and Bully were the smallest physically in the entire tournament but they had the biggest heart and wore down the opponents with their tenacity

On the opposite side, Carr and Joseph of Antigua came into finals as somewhat the favourites and were given a shock as Bully and Edmund stuck to their guns.

Yahn Joseph Florent Coach of Dominica: “I am over the moon right now, I am just super happy with my girls right now. They are the shortest in the competition and everyone doubted them but it goes to show that height does not win volleyball. It was down to our serving, passing, and communicating with one another and being able to trust one another”.

Coach Olsen Joseph of Antigua:  “My girls fell into the trap of playing to match the style of the opponents and what is worse they were becoming annoyed and frustrated with themselves and as a result their game fell apart. I trust that this motivates them to come and work harder for the next event coming up”.

Earlier in the day, Anguilla took the third spot in a come-from-behind victory over Grenada ( 19-21, 21-18 and 15-8). Grenada missed out on the medal podium and had to settle for 4th.

The overall seeding at the end of the tournament is as follows

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

St. Kitts and St. Lucia through to ECVA U 19  Males Finals

Basseterre St. Kitts September 03, 2023 –  Both St. St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia  made the way to the finals of the ECVA beach Volley Male finals. The routes  to the finals were very similar, in that they both won their quarterfinals easily then were made to sweat in the semi.

St. Kitts first met Anguilla and won 2-0 with score of 21-11 and 21 -15. Then in their semifinal match up against Grenada they found themselves one down losing 18 – 21 in the first set. With the backing of a small partisan crowd the St. Kitts team roared back and took the other two sets 21 -17 and 15 -11

Meanwhile, St. Lucia knocked off St. Vincent and the Grenadines  21-15 and 21-9 in the quarterfinals. Then in the semis it was their Windward Island rivals (Dominica) that pushed them to bring out their best.

After sharing the first two sets  21-14 and 13-21 both teams rallied point for point in the third set  until St. Lucia was able to pull away in the crucial part of the decider eventually winning 15 -13.

Hence the St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis meet at 5 pm to determine the champion each having played 5 sets to get there.

Grenada males and Dominica females take top seed at ECVA U19 Beach Volleyball Day 1

Basseterre, St. Kitts September, 2nd – When the sand settled at the Marriot Beach on the Atlantic side of St. Kitts, it was Grenada males and Dominica females who took the pole positions in the male and female categories respectively at the end of day 1 in pool play.

In the male category, it was the Grenada team that surprised everyone with their dominance over their opponents. They were unbeaten winning by huge margins over BVI (21 -3 and 21 – 5) and comfortable margins (21- 12 and 21- 12 )over Bermuda.

St. Lucia too were unbeaten when they played their games against St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua Barbuda. The St. Kitts and Nevis opponents challenged for a while could not extend the fight losing 21 -12 and 21 -15.

However, Antigua and Barbuda made them sweat for almost every point but eventually, St. Lucia persevered winning 21-18 and 21 -16. It was this point ratio that gave Grenada the edge over St. Lucia.

Attaining the number 1 seed after being in this type of competition for the first time made Coach Deannedre John very pleased. “I am very proud of my boys as I think they listened and executed what I was trying to impart. I know it might get tougher as we go along but regardless of the outcome they have already made me proud”. She said.

In the female category, it was Dominica that eclipsed the 7 other teams for the top spot. They won comfortably against BVI (21-15 and  21-6)

Added to that,  they pipped archrival St. Lucia 2-1 after losing the first set (13-21, 21-15, and 15-6).

“We did well, very well, I was satisfied that the girls kept their composure and executed when it was necessary”.  Coach Joseph Florent said.

Matches continue on Sunday 3rd September including quarter-finals, semis, and finals in both categories to determine the eventual winners

St. Kitts and Nevis Welcomes ECVA U19 Beach Volleyball Tournament

Basseterre, St. Kitts September, 2nd – Everyone lauded the idea of having a male and female competition in this age category with the long-time objective of having the best ECVA team compete in the World Youth Games in 2025.

Nine male teams and eight female teams will compete with each other and the eventual winner in the long run will get the opportunity to compete as an ECVA entity in the NORCECA segment of the World Youth games (U21) in 2025.

Consequently, there was a common theme among all the coaches. It is mainly about development but winning was a secondary objective.

Coach Alli Settle of Bermuda was excited about the proposal being played out. “This is definitely about development for us as we have brought some new girls and boys to this competition, but of course, along the way, we hope to win some games.” She said.

Jason Liburd coach of the Anguilla team said that it was a great idea. “The introduction of this competition aligned itself with the goals and objectives for volleyball in Anguilla as we too try to grow the sport. Also, it comes at a time when we are preparing for an indoor competition in October. Hence it is all about the transferring of skills from the hard court to the sands”. He intimated

Rick Swann, the head coach of the beach volleyball teams in St. Kitts and Nevis had this to say. “Every time one enters a competition one wants to win but for these boys, it is an opportunity to grow and learn each time they step onto a court”. He said

The view of first-time Deanne John of Grenada was an assessment of progress while in competition. “I believe in exposure, I think it is a good initiative and a chance for us to learn and grow and improve next time around. It will be their first time in a competition like this hence there will be no pressure just to do their best”. She concluded.

Olsen Joseph o Antigua and Barbuda was focused both on the long term and the present. “We are hoping to do well but this is also a pilot project so we are looking to see where we are so we can chart a development course. I think it a great idea as by the time we get to the U 21 level we can compete”. He said.

“We are cautiously optimistic in a competition of this nature. This is a combination of both wanting to win as well as development. We have just one experienced person on each team and so the focus is also building”. Said  Sheldon Nicholas of St. Lucia.

Coach Arnel Horn of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was excited over the prospect of playing in this tournament. This is definitely about development but we want to win a few games along the way.  This is an ideal opportunity for them to learn as it is their first time and so they are all ecstatic” He Stated.

Coach of the Dominica team Yan Joseph Florent’s eyes lit up when he was asked for his opinion. “It’s not just a good idea it’s a great idea as it gives us a chance to learn and grow. Both teams are new to the sand and it’s now an opportunity for them to apply what they learned. He noted.

Matches in both males and females begin simultaneously on September 2nd at 9 a.m. on the sands of the Atlantic Beach now known as the Marriott Beach. There, the nervousness will dissipate and competition will be in full swing.

Williams and Araya of Costa Rica Central American Senior Beach Champions

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, August 26, 2023 – Undefeated and showcasing their remarkable improvement on the sand, Costa Ricans Ángel Williams and Kianny Araya were crowned champions of the 21st Central American Senior Beach Volleyball Championship, held in Guatemala.

Williams and Araya, who also hold the Central American under 21 title, defeated Nicaraguans Nahima Silva and Lolette Rodríguez 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) in the championship match to secure their first gold medal at the senior category.

“We conclude another tournament, emerged victorious, it was a tournament with a lot of pressure, but we achieved the result. We want to thank all the people who are always supporting us, all our coaches, and we are very satisfied with the outcome” highlighted Williams.

Araya, on the other hand, expressed that the result is that of the effort and sacrifice they have been working towards, “it’s the outcome of the constant effort we’ve been putting in to achieve this goal, which makes us very happy considering the news we just received that we are qualified for the senior world championship in Mexico. We thank all the people who support us”.

On their road to the gold medal match, champions Williams and Araya defeated Kathya Vásquez/Sofía Velázquez (ESA1) 2-0 (21-17/21-09) in the semifinals, while Silva/Rodríguez (NCA1) overcame Guatemala’s Natalia Girón and Paola Alvarado 2-0 (21-15/21-14).

Natalia Girón and Paola Alvarado team one of Guatemala completed the podium with the third place after defeating El Salvador’s Kathya Vásquez and Sofia Velázquez (ESA 1) 2-1 (15-21/21-18/11-15).

Nicaragua (silver medal), Costa Rica (gold medal), Guatemala (bronze medal)

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Podium

GOLD: ÁNGEL WILLIAMS Y KIANNY QUESADA CRC1

SILVER: NAHIMA SILVA Y LOLETTE RODRÍGUEZ NCA1

BRONZE: NATALIA GIRÓN Y PAOLA ALVARADO GUA1

Results Day 3

P5-8: ESA2 2-0 GUA2 (21-18/21-08)

P5-8: CRC2 2-0 NCA2 (21-14/21-17)

SF: CRC1 2-0 ESA1 (21-17/21-09)

SF: NCA1 2-0 GUA1 (21-15/21-14)

F7: GUA2 1-2 NCA2 (12-21/22-20/12-15)

F5: ESA1 2-1 CRC2 (21-13/23-25/15-09)

THIRD PLACE: ESA1 1-2 GUA1 (15-21/21-18/11-15)

FIRST PLACE: CRC1 2-0 NCA1 (21-19/21-16)

Mora and López from Nicaragua, New Central American Beach Champions

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, August 27, 2023 – In a display of courage and determination on the court, Nicaragua’s Rubén Mora and Dany López emerged victorious against Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala of El Salvador, to become the new monarchs at the 21st Central American Senior Beach Volleyball Championship.

Rubén Mora and Dany López reclaimed the title they had lost in 2021 to their compatriots Jefferson Cascante and Dennis López. This is the duos fourth title, having previously won the gold medals in 2015, 2018, and 2019.

In Sunday’s championship match at the sand courts of Campo Marte in Guatemala, Mora and López defeated the El Salvador 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) to win the gold medal undefeated.

On their path to victory, the champions overcame team two of El Salvador, Yoel and Christopher Guardado 2-1 (21-17/19-21/15-10) in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, Flores/Guatemala defeated Andy Leonardo alongside Edgar Maldonado (GUA1) 2-0 (21-16/22-20).

“We are very happy to earn another gold medal, this is our fourth medal as a pair, and we hope to continue winning more titles”, expressed Mora.

López, his teammate, highlighted the challenge of the tournament: “This was a somewhat challenging tournament because there are teams with a lot of experience and skill. Thankfully, things worked out for us again and we achieved the victory”.

Completing the podium was Guatemala’s duo of Andy Leonardo and Edgar Maldonado, who defeated the Guardado brothers 3-2 (20-22/23-21/15-09).

Dany López (2) and Rubén Mora (1) AFECAVOL Champions

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PODIUM

ORO Rubén Mora y Dany López NCA2

PLATA Franklin Flores y Armando Guatemala ESA1

BRONCE Andy Leonardo y Edgar Maldonado GUA1

Results Day 3

F9: HON1 2-0 CRC1 (FORFEIT)

F7: BIZ1 0-2 CRC2 (12-21/14-21)

F5: NCA1 2-0 GUA2 (21-15/21-13)

SEMIFINAL: GUA1 0-2 ESA1 (16-21/20-22)

SEMIFINAL: NCA2 2-1 ESA2 (21-17/19-21/15-10)

THIRD PLACE: GUA1 2-1 ESA2 (20-22/23-21/15-09)

FIRST PLACE: ESA1 0-2 NCA2 (19-21/19-21)

Full slots in route to the medal contention

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, August 26, 2023 .- With steady pace in pursuit of the ticket to compete for medals, Ángel Williams/Kianny Araya (CRC1), Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (GUA1), Nahima Silva/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA1), and Kathya Vázquez/Sofía Velázquez (ESA1), secured their spot in semifinals of the XXI Central American Beach Volleyball Championship, taking place in Guatemala, this Saturday.

In Saturday’s schedule, the teams completed their group stage matches. In Group A, Costa Rica’s number one team, Williams and Araya, clinched two victories, first defeating Zoé Ebanks/Reizeo Bruhier (HON) 2-0 (21-09/21-15), and then in an exciting match against Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina (ESA2), which finished 2-1 (18-21/25-25/15-10).

Soler/Molina (ESA2), had previously triumphed over NCA2 of Alejandra Rosales/M. Fernanda Jarquín 2-0 (24-22/21-10). Later, Girón/Alvarado (GUA1) defeated NCA2 2-0 (21-11/21-10). Guatemala 1 had previously overcome Honduras 2-0 (21-10/08-21).

In Group B, two matches were contested. Silva alongside Rodríguez (NCA1) were victorious 2-0 (24-22/21-10) against Costa Rica’s team 2, Sofía Vega/Aliza Aguilar. In the other duel, Vásquez/Velázquez (ESA1) triumphed over Maritza Zúñiga/Danna Aguilar (GUA 2), 2-0 (21-15/21-10).

With these results, the four teams that qualified for the semifinals will battle for their spot in the finals on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m., on the last day of activity on the sand courts of Campo Marte.

Nicaragua 1 in action

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Results Women Day 2

GROUP A

-HON1 0-2 GUA1 (10-21/8-21)

-ESA2 2-0 NCA2 (24-22/21-10)

-CRC1 2-0 HON1 (21-9/21-15)

-NCA2 0-2 GUA1 (11-21/10-21)

-ESA2 1-2 CRC1 (21-18/23-25/10-15)

GROUP B

-NCA1 2-0 CRC2 (24-22/21-10)

-GUA2 0-2 ESA1 (15-21/10-21)

Williams/Araya and Silva/Rodríguez start with double victory in Women Central American Beach

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, August 25, 2023 – Angel Williams/Kianny Araja (CRC1) and Nahima Silva/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA1) opened the XXI Central American Senior Beach Volleyball Championship, which kicked off at Campo Marte in Guatemala City with two victories.

In Group A, Costa Rica’s team 1 of Angel Williams and Kianny Araya, secured two wins. First, they dominated Alejandra Rosales/M. Fernanda Jarquín (NCA2) with a 2-0 (21-12/21-11) victory, and then they triumphed over the host team of Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (GUA1) by 21-12, 21-18.

Rosales and Jarquín (NCA2) later defeated Zoé Ebanks/Reizel Bruhier of Honduras 2-0 (21-12/21-07), while Girón and Alvarado (GUA1) came from behind to win 2-1 (17-21, 25-22, 15-8) against the Honduran team.

Yvonne Soler and Laura Molina (ESA2) won the only match they played against Honduras by 2-0 (21-6, 21-11).

In Group B, Nahima Silva along with Lolette Rodríguez (NCA1) triumphed 2-1 (15-21/21-7/15-10) against Guatemala’s team 2 of Maritza Zúñiga/Danna Aguilar, and against El Salvador’s team one, Kathya Vásquez/Sofia Velázquez 21-15, 21-14. Vásquez and Velázquez had earlier defeated Sofía Vega/Aliza Aguilar from CRC2 21-12 and 21-7.

Vega and Aguilar (CRC2) improved their record to 1-1 after defeating Zúñiga/Aguilar (GUA2) 21-13, 21-18.

This Saturday, starting at 9:00 AM, the second day of the qualification phase will be played, leading up to Sunday’s matches for positions and the teams advancing to the semifinals and finals.

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Paola Alvarado of Guatemala digs

Women Results

Day 1

Group A

-CRC1 2-0 NCA2 (21-12/21-11)

-HON1 0-2 ESA2 (06-21/11-21)

-NCA2 2-0 HON1 (21-12/21-07)

-GUA1 0-2 CRC1 (12-21/18-21)

-HON1 1-2 GUA1 (21-17/22-24/8-15)

Group B

-ESA1 2-0 CRC2 (21-12/21-7)

-NCA1 2-1 GUA2 (15-21/21-7/15-10)

-CRC2 2-0 GUA2 (21-13/21-18)

-ESA1 0-2 NCA1 (15-21/14-21)

Reigning Champions Cascante/López start the Central American Senior Beach Championship on the right foot

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, August 25, 2023 – The reigning Central American champions Jefferson Cascante and Denis López (NCA1) started the XXI Senior Central American Beach Volleyball Championship on the right foot at Campo Marte in Guatemala City.

The current Central American champions Jefferson Cascante and Denis López from Nicaragua-1, in Group A, triumphed 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) over Edgar Martinez/Fabriel Nuñez from Belize.

Also from Nicaragua, Rubén Mora and Dany López in Group C, first defeated Daniel Dyner/Clifforth Lobo from Costa Rica 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) and number two team of Honduras, Wilfredo Vega/Manuel Serrano, 2-0 (21-13, 21-14).

In the same group, Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala from El Salvador defeated Hondurans Wilfredo Vega/Manuel Serrano 2-0 (21-8, 21-12). Flores and Guatemala fought hard to control Daniel Dyner/Clifforth Lobo (CRC1) 2-0 (21-11/17-21/15-12).

Also, with a double victory in Group B, Guatemala’s Andy Leonardo and Edgar Maldonado (GUA1) prevailed 2-0 (21-18, 21-17) against twin brothers Yoel and Christopher Guardado of El Salvador-2, and then defeated the number one team from Honduras, Carlos Ramos/Irvin Reyes, 2-0 (21-17, 21-15).

This Saturday, the group stage will continue in the morning. In the afternoon, starting at 2:30 pm, matches will be played to determine the positions for the qualifiers. On Sunday, the games for positions, semifinals, and finals will be played.

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Guatemala’s Andy Blanco battling against Honduras

Men’s Results

Day 1

GROUP A

-BIZ 0-2 GUA2 (11-21/12-21)

-NCA1 2-0 BIZ (21-14/21-16)

GROUP B

-GUA1 2-0 ESA2 (21-18/21-17)

-HON1 0-2 CRC2 (17-21/18-21)

-ESA2 2-0 CRC2 (21-16/21-18)

-GUA1 2-0 HON1 (21-17/21-15)

GROUP C

-ESA1 2-0 HON2 (21-8/21-12)

-CRC1 0-2 NCA2 (17-21/19-21)

-HON2 0-2 NCA2 (13-21/14-21)

-ESA1 2-1 CRC1 (21-11/17-21/15-12)

Teams ready for the AFECAVOL Central American Senior Beach Volleyball Championship

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, August 24, 2023. – Six countries in the men’s and women’s genders  will seek to become the new champions of the 21st edition of the Central American Senior Beach Volleyball Championship 2023 organized by AFECAVOL, from August 25 to 27 in Guatemala.

Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala as the host country concluded their preliminary interview on Thursday, presenting all the necessary documents and uniforms that make them eligible to be part of the Seniro Central American Beach Volleyball event.

The tournament, to be held at the sports facilities of Campo Marte, will kick off on Friday, August 25, starting at 9 a.m., with the first qualification matches. On Saturday, August 26, the quarterfinals will take place, and the event will conclude on Sunday, August 27, with the medal matches.

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In the men’s field the 11 participating teams are divided into three groups: one group of three teams and two groups of four, as follows:

GROUP AGROUP BGROUP C
NCA1GUA1ESA1
BIZHON1CRC1
GUA2CRC2NCA2
 ESA2HON2

In the women’s division 9 pairs are divided into two groups as follows:

GROUP AGROUP B
GUA1ESA1
CRC1NCA1
HONGUA2
ESA2CRC2
NCA2 

In 2021, in El Salvador, the women’s champions were Natalia Girón and Estefanie Bethancourt of Guatemala, while Nicaraguans Denis López and Jefferson Cascante took the title in men.

Team Guatemala

AFECAVOL Senior 2021 Winners

Women: 1. Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt (GUA1); Ivonne Soler/Sofía Velásquez (ESA1); Valeska Hernández/Socorro López (NCA1)

Men: 1. Denis López/Jefferson Cascante (NCA1); Rubén Mora/Dany López (NCA2); Andy Leonardo/Luis García (GUA1)

Participating Teams: 21st Central American Senior Beach Volleyball Championship 2023

Men: Edgar Martinez/Fabriel Nuñez (BIZ); Daniel Dyner/Clifforth Lobo (CRC1); Julián Araya/Yulius Brown (CRC2); Orlando Flores/Armando Guatemala (ESA1); Yoel Guardado/Christopher Guardado (ESA2); Andy Blanco/Edgar Maldonado (GUA1); J. Miguel Izaguirre/Mario Ventura (GUA2); Carlos Ramos/Irvin Reyes (HON1); Wilfredo Vega/Manuel Serrano (HON2); Rubén Mora/Danny López (NCA1); Jefferson Cascante/Denis López (NCA2).

Women: Ángel Williams/Kianny Araya (CRC1); Sofía Vega/Aliza Aguilar (CRC2); Kathya Vásquez/Sofia Velázquez (ESA1); Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina (ESA2); Natalia Girón/Paola Alvarado (GUA1); Maritza Zúñiga/Danna Aguilar (GUA2); Zoé Ebanks/Reizel Bruhier (HON); Nahima Silva/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA1); Alejandra Rosales/M. Fernanda Jarquín (NCA2). 

Canada clinch Beach Volleyball double at Commonwealth Youth Games

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, August 10, 2023.- Canada won both Beach Volleyball gold medals on the final day of competition at the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.

24 teams, 12 per gender took part of the Beach Volleyball tournament of the seventh edition Commonwealth Youth Games that ran from August 4-11.

NORCECA representatives were Canada and Trinidad & Tobago in both genders, Cayman Islands and Bermuda in the men’s field, and  St. Kitts & Nevis alongside St. Lucia in women.

Katarina Drozd and Calinda Kok triumphed in the women’s final and Oliver Toomes and Andon Kiriakou in the men’s gold medal match at the Black Rock Facility.

Drozd and Kok did not drop a set in route to their gold and won both 21-14 against Jasmine Rayner and Cameron Zajer of Australia in the final.

Toomes and Kiriakou took men’s gold with a 21-16, 21-14 victory against Peter Soczewka and Rob Morgan of England.

New Zealand won both the men’s and women’s bronze matches.  
 
Full results and stats can be found on the event web site:https://www.trinbago2023.com/

Panamerican Volleyball Union, UPV, announces countries qualified for Santiago 2023 Beach Volleyball

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 9, 2023. – The Panamerican Volleyball Confederation  announces the list of countries qualified for the Women’s and Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournaments of the XX Pan American Games Santiago 2023, to be held in Chile from October 20 to November 5.

The Beach Volleyball Tournament will feature the 32 teams, 16 per gender, using the following qualification system: one quota for the host country (Chile), one quota for the highest-ranked team from each Confederation (NORCECA and South American Confederation CSV) during the  I Junior Pan American Games held in Cali in 2021, three quotas based on the FIVB World Ranking, and five quotas based on the Ranking of each Confederation (NORCECA and South American Confederation CSV).

Therefore, these are the qualified countries for the Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament: Chile (host), Brazil and Puerto Rico (I Junior Pan American Games Cali 2021); United States, Canada and Paraguay (FIVB World Ranking); Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Costa Rica (NORCECA Ranking); Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay (CSV Ranking).

The qualified countries for the Men’s Beach Volleyball tournament is as follows: Chile (Host), Brazil and Cuba (I Junior Pan American Games Cali 2021); United States, Argentina and Canada (FIVB World Ranking); Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua (NORCECA Ranking); Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia and Bolivia (CSV Ranking).

Each National Federation alongside their respective National Olympic Committee must officially confirm their registration to compete at the Pan American Games.

Gold for Mexico in Men’s Beach Volleyball at Central American and Caribbean Games

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 27, 2023.- Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico beat Ruben Mora and Jefferson Cascante 2-0 (21-10, 21-19) in the championship match of the Men’s Beach Volleyball tournament of the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games of San Salvador 2023.

This is the first gold medal for Mexico, and for Juan Virgen as well, who has two silver medals and one bronze; and he came here from losing the past edition of the Games in Barranquilla 2018 against Cuba.

In the final match, Mexico was completely dominant in the first set, where Nicaragua couldn’t read Mexico’s serves and both Virgen and Sarabia’s attacks.

Mora and Cascante were stronger in the second set, battling every point, and fighting up to the end when a bad serve and a Mexican block stopped their intentions.

This is Nicaragua’s first medal in Beach Volleyball at the CAC Games.

Juan Virgen (2) and Miguel Sarabia (1) of Mexico

Juan Virgen said “the gold medal was missing and today we won it with Miguel. We are glad, we continue to make history for Mexico with our results and we want to thank all the people supporting us back home. I had two silver medals and one bronze and now winning a gold medal motivated me to continue to fight, continue our preparation for what lies ahead”.

 “Our goal was the gold medal; we had our minds sets for a long time” expressed Miguel Sarabia. “We are happy with the result. With Juan, we complement each other, my youth, and his experience. During the match I told him that he gave me confidence and that helps me grow and maybe I can help him to reach better results”.

Noslen Diaz and Jorge Luis Alayo of Cuba won the bronze medal after beating Kevin Rodriguez and Josué Rivera  of Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-16, 21-14).

Jorge Luis Alayo of Cuba

Tuesday’s Results

7-8 .- CCS 2-0 CRC

5-6 .- COL 2-0 VEN

Bronze .- CUB 2-0 PUR  21-16, 21-14

Gold .- MEX 2-0 NCA 21-10, 21-19

Final Ranking

1.-MEX, 2.-NCA, 3.-CUB, 4.-PUR, 5.-COL, 6.- VEN, 7.-CCS, 8.-CRC, 9.-DOM, 10:-ESA, 11.-SKN, 12.-ISV, 13.-LCA, 14.-JAM, 15.-CAY, 16.-HAI, 17.-VIN, 18.-ANT, 19.-PAN, 20.-BIZ, 21.-TCI

Puerto Rico tops Women’s Beach Volleyball at the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 27, 2023.- María González and Allanis Navas of Puerto Rico beat Dominicans Julibeth Payano and Bethania Almanza 2-1 (19-21, 21-11, 15-12) to climb to glory winning the gold medal of the Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament at the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023.

González/Navas won the first gold medal for Puerto Rico in the history of Central American and Caribbean Games. Puerto Rico has a silver medal won by Yarleen Santiago and Dariam Acevedo during the 2010 CAC Games of Mayagüez.

The first set went to the Dominican duo controlling Puerto Rico with Payano’s kills and Almanza’s blocks, as well as anticipating their opponents moves. In the second and third sets, González/Navas adjusted with side out touches and made their opponents lose focus while attacking long shots.

Navas said “I am super proud, it’s an honor for us to take so much happiness to Puerto Rico and even more with a gold medal. For me, it’s just the beginning of our plans, we have the idea to work hard every single day”.

“We were off in the first set, out of rhythm, but the key was to find our rhythm, calm down to come out to win the second and third sets. We are satisfied for sure, mission accomplished”, said María González.

Allanis Navas of Puerto Rico spikes

Mexicans Abril Flores and Atenas Gutiérrez prevailed 2-0 (21-16, 21-9) over Yenifer Rivera and Amanda Armenteros of Cuba, to win the bronze medal.

Flores and Gutiérrez showed their strength on the court, jumping to an early four point lead that grew to come out with the victory over Cuba.

This is Mexico’s first bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Previously they had won three gold medals and two silvers, to continue to be top winners in the history of the CAC Games.

Atenas Gutierrez (1) and Abril Flores (2)of Mexico

Tuesday’s results

Position 7-8: ESA 2-0 GUA (DNS). Position 5-6 : VEN 2-0 NCA (21-13, 21-12); Bronze Medal Match: MEX 2-1 CUB (21-16, 12-9). Gold Medal Match: PUR 2-1 CUB (19-21, 21-11, 15-12)

Final ranking

1.-PUR, 2.-DOM, 3.-MEX, 4.-CUB, 5.-VEN, 6.-NCA, 7.-ESA, 8.-CCS, 9.-CRC, 10.-COL, 11.- TTO, 12.-JAM, 13.-ISV, 14.-BIZ, 15.-CAY, 16.-VER, 17.-PAN, 18.- GRN, 19.- SKN, 20.-LCA, 21.-HON, 22.-ANT

Nicaragua makes history at CAC Games and will face Mexico in men’s Beach Volleyball

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 26, 2023.- Nicaragua and Mexico advanced to the men’s beach volleyball final match at the 2023 San Salvador Central American Games after beating Puerto Rico and Cuba respectively, in dramatic three set semifinals.

Nicaragua’s Ruben Mora alongside Jefferson Cascante made history qualifying to the finals after defeating Kevin Rodriguez and Josué Rivera a Puerto Rico who won the first set but couldn’t keep their rhythm in the second and in the third set Mora/Cascante tied at point 14 and from there on the advantage changed for Nicaragua.

Rubén Mora said “this is a victory for everyone who supports us, our coach Erasmo Palomo has been a key element and thanks to his work we are here. Nicaragua had never finished in the top four and we have secured a medal”.

“We are satisfied with our result; Nicaragua had never before won a medal in these Games, and advancing to the final is to put Nicaragua’s name up high” added Cascante.

Ruben Mora (1) and Jefferson Cascante (2) Nicaragua celebrate semifinal win over Puerto Rico

Mexicans Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia prevailed 2-1 (21-23, 21-15, 26-24) over Cubans Noslen Diaz and Jorge Luis Alayo in a marathonic match, under a persistent rain that didn’t stop the fans to cheer “let’s go Cuba” and “viva México”.

After losing an advantage in the first set, Virgen/Sarabia witnessed how Cuba had a partial victory, but they came from behind to win the second and in the third set, there were consecutive “match points” that in the end was decided by a serve from Sarabia which made it difficult for Cuba and they left the ball on the net.

The match for third place will be on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. between Puerto Rico and Cuba, and the final match between Mexico and Nicaragua will be at 3:00 p.m.

Virgen, who has two silver medals and one bronze at CAC Games, of an overall four silver medals and two bronze of Mexico, said to feel very excited and with part of their goal complete, “we came for a medal, we wanted to reach the final, we knew that Cuba is a strong, hard; at the end of some sets things god complicated, but we were able to come out with the win”.

After the last point, Juan Virgen stayed lying on the sand, with his face down, maybe crying, for several minutes. “I only thought it’s over, we made it, I was exhausted, and I just kept on the sand” he said.

Sarabia said “in the end I didn’t know whether to jump, run, I didn’t know what to do… There are no words to describe the feeling. We were able to beat a tough Cuban team, we knew who they were as a team, we had faced them on other occasions and today we came out victorious. Nicaragua is coming like every team, eager to win, they want the medal just like we do, but we will both battle hard to win it”.

Miguel Sarabia of Mexico celebrates beating Cuba in semifinals

Monday’s results matches for positions

Posición 15.- CAY 2-1 HAI (21-17, 17-21, 15-12

Puesto 13.- LCA 2-1 (17-21, 26-24, 15-11)

SKN vs ISV 2:00 p.m. DNS

Puesto 9no.- DOM 2-0 ESA (21-19, 21-17)

Semifinals

NCA 2-1 PUR 19-21, 21-16, 18-16

MEX 2-1 CUB 21-23, 21-15, 26-24

Puerto Rico reach the women’s beach volleyball finals against Dominican Republic

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 26, 2023.- Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic advance to the women’s beach volleyball tournament of the Central American and Caribbean Games after defeating Mexico and Cuba respectively.  

Puerto Rico with María González and Allanis Navas defeated Mexicans Abril Flores and Atenas Gutiérrez 2-1 (20-22, 21-18, 15-9) in battled match where both tandems fought hard to reach the finals.

The gold medal match will be played at the soccer beach National Stadium in Costa del Sol at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday following the definition of the bronze medal at noon between Mexico and Cuba.

Mexico recovered from a 3-point deficit in the first set to win 22-20, but in the second set, Puerto Rico reached a 5-point advantage (15-10) which they kept up to point 20 with Mexico trying to recover with three consecutive points. María González won the set for Puerto Rico 21-18 with a block.

Allanis Navas (2) digs and Maria Gonzalez (1) of Puerto Rico

In the third set, González and Navas came out with determination and jumped to a 5-1 lead which the Mexican duo was unable to overcome falling 9-15.

Allanis Navas said “every time we come out on the court, we want to leave our skins for our country, and this wasn’t the exception. We were strongly prepared for this, and we made it, it has been a great effort and we reached once again a final match”.

“In the past Games (Barranquilla) we came off short, we finished fourth, but we knew we could give more”, said María González.

In the other semifinal, Dominicans Julibeth Payano and Bethania Almanza controlled Cuba’s attack of Yenifer Rivera and Amanda Armenteros, beating them 2-0 (1-18, 21-17), to advance in the first ever final match for a Dominican team.

Cuba jumped to a 12-9 lead in the first set, but Payano’s good defense and Almanza’s kills helped them recover and put distance after point 16 to win the first set and get on track to win the game.

“We are proud and excited to be in a final match for the first time. It has been a mentally demanding, we have prepared physically for this, we practiced yesterday with this match on our mind,” said Julibeth Payano.

Her partner, Almanza, stated “we dedicate this victory to all Dominicans, to all the working team that supports us, to our families, for everybody’s sacrifice. Now we must focus on Puerto Rico who is a great opponent, but we know we can aspire for more”.

Julibeth Payano (1) and Bethania Almanza (2) of Dominican Republic

Semifinals Results

PUR 2-1 MEX 20-22, 21-18, 15-9

DOM 2-0 CUB 21-18, 21-17

Results for position matches

Puestos 15-16 .- CAY 2-0 BER (21-11, 21-10)

Puestos 13-14 .- ISV 2-0 BIZ 21-12, 21-16

Puestos 11-12 .- TTO 2-1 JAM 21-17, 17-21, 15-13

Puestos 9-10 .- CRC – COL 25-23, 21-7   

Exciting Men’s Beach Volleyball semifinals at the CAC Games

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 25, 2023.- The men’s Beach Volleyball semifinals at the 2023 San Salvador Central American Games will be exciting and hot just like the sand and sun at the beach soccer National Stadium in Costa del Sol, that has been the home for athletes, volunteers and technical supervisors for a week.

Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico are looking to dethrone Cuba, who has won four gold medals in the history of the Games, while Mexico has four silver medals and two bronze. Juan Virgen has won two of the silver medals for Mexico and one bronze medal.

This is the first time that Cubans Noslen Diaz and Jorge Luis Alayo reached a Central American and Caribbean semifinal, but their predecessors have won the past two editions consecutively.

The semifinal match between Mexico and Cuba will be on Monday June 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Rubén Mora and Jefferson Cascante de Nicaragua, the tournament’s surprise, after qualifying to their first medal round, will face (6:00 p.m.) Puerto Ricans Kevin Rodriguez and Josué Rivera who want to put Puerto Rico back at the beach volleyball podium. Puerto Rico won the gold medal in 2002 and two bronze medals (1998 and 2010).

In Sunday’s classification matches for positions results, Ryck Webb/Martin Blake (JAM) won 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 15-10) over Jesario Ebanks/Casey Santamaria (CAY) and will battle for position 13 against Sheldon Descartes/Joseph Clercent (LCA) who prevailed 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) to Irvens Benjamin/Joseph Olando (HAI). Haiti and Cayman Islands will play for position 15.  

Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez (DOM) won 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) over St. Clair Hodge/Shaw Seabrookes (SKN) and will play against Franklin Flores y Armando Guatemala (ESA) for position 9, who beat Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen (ISV) 2-0 (21-18, 21-12 ) who will face St. Kitts and Nevis for position 11.  

José González/Jason Quintero (PAN) won 2-0 (23-21, 21-19) over Ernest Broaster/ Gabriel Nuñez (BIZ) and finished 19.  Small Jahmal/ Cluevvan Cumberbatch of St. Vincent won 2-0 (21.-13, 21-12) against Dwight Bonnie /Cairon David (ANT) to finish in position 17.

Monday’s schedule

CAY vs HAI 10:00 a.m. Por puesto 15

JAM vs LCA 11:00 a.m. Por puesto 13

SKN vs ISV 2:00 p.m. Por puesto 11

DOM vs ESA 3:00 p.m. Por puesto 9

Semifinals

PUR vs NCA 6:00 p.m.

MEX vs CUB 7:00 p.m.

Sunday’s Results

JAM 2-1 CAY 19-21, 21-15, 15-10

DOM 2-0 SKN 21-15, 21-13

LCA 2-0 HAI 21-18, 21-16

VIN 2-0 ANT 21-13, 21-12 (Por puesto 17)

PAN 2-0 BIZ 23-21, 21-18

VEN 2-0 CRC 21-12, 21-11

COL 2-0 GUA 21-16, 21-19

ESA 2-0 ISV 21-18, 21-12 

Dominicans and Puerto Rico seek the feat in women’s volleyball against Cuba and Mexico

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 25, 2023.- The semifinals of the women’s beach volleyball tournament at the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games to be played on Monday at the beach soccer National Stadium in Costa del Sol, with two countries seeking to dethrone Cuba, the top winners in the history of the Games.

Puerto Rico’s duo of Maria Gonzalez/Allanis Nava, one of the tournament favorites, will face Mexicans Abril Flores/Atenas Gutiérrez at 4:00 p.m. Puerto Rico has only one silver medal, won during the 2010 Mayagüez, while Mexico has been a finalist in five of the six editions, winning three gold medals (1998, 2002 y 2010) and two silvers (2006 y 2014).

While Dominicans Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanza will face Cubans Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armentero at 5:00 p.m. Dominican Republic earned a bronze medal in 2002 and Cuba has three gold medals, two of them in a row in 2014 and 2018, and also a silver medal in 1998.

Today in classification matches for positions 9 to 15, Almeida/Bennett (ISV) won 2-0 (21-16, 21-6) over Tulloch/Gaetos (CAY) and will face Ramirez/Arnold (BIZ) who won 2-0 (21-10, 21-6) against Leblanc/Calhoun (BER), for position 13 and the defeated ones will go for position 15.

Beltrand/ Moreno (COL) prevailed 2-0 (21-11, 21-12) over Joseph/Glasgow (TTO) and will play for position 9 against Williams/Araya (CRC) who beat Chauna Kelly/Petal Smith (JAM) 2-0 (21-10, 21-19) who will play for position 11.

Silva/Rodríguez (NCA) won 2-0 over Girón/Betancourt (CCS) and will face Venezuela who beat Soler/Molina (ESA) 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) for fifth place on Tuesday. El Salvador will face CCS for position 7.

Monday’s schedule

Puestos 15-16 .- CAY vs BER 8:00 a.m.

Puestos 13-14 .- ISV vs BIZ 9:00 a.m.

Puestos 11-12 .- TTO vs JAM 10:00 a.m.

Puestos 9-10 .- COL vs CRC 1:00 p.m.

Semifinals

MEX vs CUB 4:00 p.m.

CUB vs DOM 5:00 p.m.

Sunday’s results

ISV 2-0 CAY 21-16, 21-6

COL 2-0 TTO 21-11, 21-12

BIZ 2-0 BER 21-10, 21-6

CRC 2-0 JAM 21-10, 21-19

NCA 2-0 CCS (Forfeit por lesión)

Por lugar 19 SKN 2-0 LCA  21-15, 21-19

Por lugar 17 PAN 2-0 GRN 21-5, 21-16

VEN 2-0 ESA (21-12, 21-12)

Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua reach CAC Games Beach Volleyball Men’s semifinals

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 23, 2023.- Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua advanced to the men’s beach volleyball tournament semifinals of the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games.

The semifinals will be held on Monday June 26.

Noslen Diaz/Jorge Luis Alayo of Cuba had no difficulties in beating Rolando Hernández/José Gómez of Venezuela 2-0 (21-15, 21-12), thanks to Alayo’s blocking and serves, and to Diaz unstoppable kills.

Cuba will face Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico who won their semifinal ticket over Daniel Dyner/Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica 2-0 (21-10, 21-17). Virgen finished second place in the last two editions of the Central American and Caribbean Games after falling to a Cuban team and the table is now served.

Nicaragua’s Ruben Mora and Jefferson Cascante qualified to semifinals for the first time in the history of the Central American and Caribbean Games after a challenging victory 2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 15-11) over Colombian duo of Juan Carlos Noriega/Yeferson De La Hoz.

Ruben Mora (1) and Jefferson Cascante (2) of Nicaragua

Mora/Cascante will face Kevin Rodriguez/ Josué Rivera of Puerto Rico, who beat the Centro Caribe team of Andy Leonardo/Luis García 2-0 (21-18, 21-9).

Results postions 9 to 21

In classification matches for positions 9 to 23, Ernest Broaster/ Gabriel Nuñez (BIZ) beat  Sebastián Simmons/ Scott Hawking (TCI) 2-0. Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez (DOM) won 2-0 (21-15, 21-5) against Jesario Ebanks/Casey Santamaria (CAY). St Clair Hodge/Shaw Seabrookes (SKN) prevailed 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) over Ryck Webb/Martin Blake (JAM).  Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen (ISV) beat Sheldon Descartes/Joseph Clercent (LCA) 2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 15-10). Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala (ESA) beat Irvens Benjamin/Joseph Olando (HAI)2-0 (21-18, 21-9).

Saturday’s Results

Cuartos de final

MEX 2-0 CRC (21-10, 21-17)

CUB 2-0 VEN (21-15, 21-12)

PUR 2-0 GUA (21-18, 21-9)

NCA 2-1 COL (18-21, 21-14, 15-11)

Juegos por posiciones del 9 al 21

BIZ 2-0 TCI 10 forfeit

PAN 2-0 MQE forfeit

JAM 2-0 SKN (21-16, 21-19)

DOM 2-0 CAY (21-15, 21-5)

ESA 2-0 HAI (21-15, 21-9)

ISV 2-1 LCA (18-21, 21-14, 15-10)

TCI – MQE (DNS)

Kevin Rodriguez (1) and Josué Rivera (2) of Puerto Rico

Sunday’s Classification matches

JAM vs CAY 10:00 a.m. C2

SKN vs DOM 10:00 a.m. CC

HAI vs LCA 11:00 a.m. C2

ANT vs VIN 11:00 a.m. CC

BIZ vs PAN 12:00 md CC

CRC vs VEN 2:00 p.m. CC

GUA vs COL 3:00 p.m. CC

ESA vs ISV 7:00 p.m. CC

Puerto Rico, México, Cuba and Dominican Republic advance to Women’s Semifinals

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 24, 2023.- Three Caribbean countries and one from the North will battle for the two tickets into the women’s finals beach volleyball tournament of the 2023 San Salvador Central American Games.

Puerto Rico with their flawless performance (velocity and strength), Mexico with their calm and effective game, Dominican Republic with their blocking reach and strong kills, and Cuba with youth and energy, are the four best teams of the Games to advance into Monday’s semifinals.

The semifinal matches will be on Monday June 24.

María González and Allanis Navas of Puerto Rico with great defense, combined with a good touch and power, dominated Gabriela Brito and Juliennis Regalado of Venezuela 2-0 (21-16, 21-16).

Mexico’s Abril Flores and Atenas Gutiérrez beat Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina of El Salvador 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) and will face Puerto Rico’s González/Navas in semifinals who are having a great season.

Abril Flores of Mexico tips the ball

Cubans Yenifer Rivera and Amanda Armenteros won their semifinal spot after defeating Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt (CCS) who couldn’t complete their quarterfinal match because Bethancourt suffered a knee injury.

Cuba’s semifinal opponents are Julibeth Payano and Bethania Almanzar of Dominican Republic who beat Nahima Silva and Lolette Rodríguez of Nicaragua 2-0 (21-14, 21-16), to set the Caribbean derby.

Yennifer Rivera of Cuba

Position matches 9-23

In classification matches for positions 9 to 23, Chauna Kelly/Petal Smith (JAM) won 2-0 (12-8, 12-10) against Lisa Leblanc/Megan Calhoun (BER). Denila/Neptune (LCA) won 2-0 (21-14, 21-9) against Edwards/Lewis (ANT); Joseph/Glasgow (TTO) beat Almeida/Bennett (ISV) 2-0 (21-18, 21-19); Beltrand/ Moreno (COL) won 2-0 (21-5, 21-5) to Tulloch/Gaetos (CAY); Honduras finished their performance in position 21. Williams/Araya (CRC) won 2-0 21-17, 21-13) to Ramirez/Arnold (BIZ).

Quarterfinal Results

MEX 2-0 ESA (21-14, 21-17)

PUR 2-0 VEN (21-16, 21-16)

CUB def CCS (injury team B)

DOM 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) NCA

Positions 9 to 23

SKN 2-0 HON (21-14, 21-17)

LCA 2-0 ANT (21-14, 21-9)

TTO 2-0 ISV (21-18, 21-19)

COL 2-0 CAY (21-5, 21-5)

JAM 2-0 (2-8, 21-10)

CRC 2-0 BIZ (21-17, 21-13)

HON 2-0 ANT (DNS)

Sunday’s schedule (Positions 5-16)

ISV vs CAY 8:00 a.m. C2

TTO – COL 8:00 a.m. CC

BER vs BIZ 9:00 a.m. C2

JAM vs CRC 9:00 a.m. CC

CCS vs NCA 1:00 p.m. CC

SKN vs LCA 4:00 p.m. CC

GRN vs PAN 5:00 p.m. CC

ESA vs VEZ 6:00 p.m. CC 

Ariel Sainz: “Beach Volleyball at San Salvador 2023, challenge overcome”

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 24, 2023.- Beach Volleyball was the first sport in action at the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games; that required a series of challenges that were overcome with the efforts of many.  

The International Technical Director for Volleyball, Cuban Ariel Sainz, NORCECA first-vice president, oversees ensuring the running of the tournament and said it has been a challenging task, but they have managed to overcome every obstacle.

“This event originally was set to be held in 2002 in Panama but given the impossibility of their National Committee to organize the Games, El Salvador came out to organize them with great quality” said Sainz.

“We’ve had long working days, there have been many obstacles along the way, but in the end, it was achieved. I consider that beach volleyball has a great competition venue, adapted, because we all know that it’s the National Beach Soccer Stadium and it was at the last minute, because we had already made inspection visits in a different venue, but the organizing committee announced they weren’t going to be ready on time”.

“I first want to thank the confidence from Centro Caribe Sports, as that of the Organizing Committee (COSSAN) and the multidisciplinary working group that were involved in the task; we have the event running, without setbacks, 100 percent satisfaction of the athletes, coaches, delegates, and that fills us with satisfaction because we can evaluate the response capacity to overcome difficulties”, added Sainz.  

Costa del Sol Stadium

It’s important, said Sainz, “to give recognition to the National Volleyball Federation of El Salvador (FESAVOL), to everyone involved in setting up the courts, Roberto García, Guillermo Polanco, Eduardo Paiz, Pedro Rivas, who one way or another have been collaborating for this event to be possible”.

NORCECA first vice-president added “we had the challenge to open the Games as one of the first sports in competition; NORCECA President Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, had the confidence and vision in us all, the experienced members of the Control Committee with

José Luis Jiménez Lao, Salvador Bautista, Amos Anglade, Claudia Rivera, Bertha Cuadra, Jacqueline Cowan, Julio Martínez, Martin Swasey, Donibal Alvarez, Emir Alfaro, Ernesto Beltré, all involved in the success of the event, responding and solving every inconvenience and the director of competition Ed Drakich, who has conducted the event effectively”.

“We are working, but we are enjoying the twenty fourth Central American and Caribbean Games and that for the third occasion have been held in El Salvador” he expressed.

In addition, Sainz Rodriguez said “we have also taken up the challenge of indoors, we have made two inspections to the competition and training halls during these days. The official venue is the National Sports Palace Carlos El Famoso Hernández, which we inspected this past Friday, and the construction will be finished today and the court will be installed for a successful competition at the Games”.

San Salvador 2023 officially established

SAN SALVADOR.- The XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, were inaugurated under a colorful atmosphere of sporting fraternity.

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, welcomed each of the countries that will compete from June 23 to July 8 in the main sports event of the region.

“Welcome to El Salvador, the heart of America”, said Bukele during the opening speech of the games.

He indicated that San Salvador 2023 will serve to demonstrate the existing brotherhood between nations of Central America and the Caribbean.

He indicated that the assembly of the sports event has not been an easy task, but he pointed out that they assumed the responsibility of the assembly because it was an opportunity to show the world the change that El Salvador has had as a country.

While the President of Centro Caribe Sports, Luis Mejía Oviedo, thanked the Salvadoran people for saving and rescuing the Central American and Caribbean Games, which were affected by the economic recess caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“President Bukele, you have given us a lesson and that is to have faith and trust in ourselves”, said Mejía Oviedo, who highlighted that every time he spoke with the Salvadoran Prime Minister, he expressed confidence and trust that the games would be a reality.

“Thank you El Salvador for saving our games. Long live the Central American and Caribbean Games,” he said.

Opening ceremony 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games

He also took the opportunity to thank the Dominican Republic and the government of Luis Abinader, for opening the doors of the Caribbean nation to serve as a sub-venue for several sports.

Mejía Oviedo took the opportunity to congratulate each National Olympic Committee: “You have done a titanic job”.

The President of the Organizing Committee of San Salvador 2023 (COSSAN 2023), Yamil Bukele, detailed the adversities they overcame and how they remained optimistic in the face of the doubts and pessimism of many people.

“These games will remain for history, because where many saw difficulties, we saw opportunities”, considered the also Ad Honorem president of the National Sports Institute of El Salvador (Indes).

He thanked the collaborators and workers who worked long hours for the assembly of San Salvador 2023.

The XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, will be held in the Dominican Republic, which hosted seven sports disciplines.

Eight duos to battle for the Men’s Beach Volleyball semifinals at the CAC Games

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 23, 2023.- The best eight duos of the men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament at the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games are ready to win their ticket to Saturday’s semifinals, after a hard battle in the knockout round.

Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico won 2-0 (21-15, 21-9) over Ryck Webb/Martin Blake of Jamaica and advanced to meet Daniel Dyner/ Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica who left behind 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) St. Clair Hodge/Shwa Seabrookes  (SKN).

In the other bracket, Noslen Diaz/Jorge Luis Alayo of Cuba, had no complications in beating Dominicans Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez 2-0 (21-7, 21-14) and they are set to face Rolando Hernández/José Gómez of Venezuela in quarterfinals, who earlier won 2-0 (21-9, 21-8) against Jesario Ebanks/Casey Santamaria (CAY).

Cuban monster block against Dominican Republic

Kevin Rodriguez/ Josué Rivera of Puerto Rico won 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) over the home team of  Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala (ESA) and will look for their semifinal spot against the team of Centro Caribe Sports, Andy Leonardo/Luis García, who defeated Hati’s  Irvens Benjamin/Joseph Olando 2-0 (21-11, 21-19).

Colombians Juan Carlos Noriega/Yeferson De La Hoz prevailed 2-0 (21-13, 21-10) over Sheldon Descartes/Joseph Clercent of St. Lucia and will play in quarterfinals against  Rubén Mora/Jefferson Cascante of Nicaragua who earlier overcame  Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen of US Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-12, 21-12).

Friday’s Results

MEX 2-0 (21-15, 21-9) JAM

CRC 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) SKN

CUB 2-0 (21-7, 21-14) DOM

VEN 2-0 (21-9, 21-8) CAY

PUR 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) ESA

GUA 2-0 (21-11, 21-19) HAI

NCA 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) ISV

COL 2-0 (21-13, 21-10) LCA

Kevin Rodriguez of Puerto Rico spikes

Saturday’s schedule

Quarterfinals

MEX vs CRC 2:00 p.m. CC

CUB vs VEN 3:00 p.m. CC

GUA vs PUR 6:00 p.m. CC

COL vs NCA 7:00 p.m. CC

Matches for positions 9-23

BIZ vs TCI 10 :00 a.m. CC

PAN vs MQE 10:00 a.m. C2

JAM vs SKN 11:00 a.m. CC

DOM vs CAY 11:00 a.m. C2

HAI vs ESA 2:00 p.m. C2

ISV vs LCA 3:00 p.m. C2

Battles for a ticket into women’s semifinals are ready

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 23, 2023.- The quarterfinal round to win a ticket into the semifinals of the women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament at the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games are ready.

Abril Flores/Atenas Gutiérrez of Mexico beat Teisha Joseph/Apphia Glasgow of Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 (21-8, 21-6) to advance into quarterfinals where they will face Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina of El Salvador. Soler/Molina prevailed 2-0 (21-14, 21-10) against Cristina Almeida/Amber Benneth of US Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico’s Maria Gonzalez/Allanis Navas  defeated Ana Maria Beltrand/Yaleny Moreno of Colombia 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) and their quarterfinal opponent is Gabriela Brito/Juliennis Regalado of Venezuela who came from a 2-0 (21-6, 21-4) victory over Deajra Tulloch/Chlouie Gaetos (CAY).

Nahima Silva of Nicaragua

The team of Centro Caribe Sports -CCS -(Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt) dominated Lisa Leblanc/Megan Calhoun of Bermudas 2-0 (21-5, 21-4) and will battle for a semifinal spot against  cubans Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armenteros who earlier beat Chauna Kelly/Petal Smith of Jamaica 2-0 (21-15, 21-9).

Nahima Silva/Lolette Rodríguez of Nicaragua recovered from falling in the first set and came on top 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 15-11) to Angel Williams/Kianny Araya of Costa Rica. Nicaragua’s next opponent is Dominican Republic of Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar who beat Nelissa Ramirez/Shantell Arnold of Belize 2-0 (21-8, 21-8).

Friday’s results

ESA 2-0 (21-14, 21-10) ISV

MEX 2-0 (21-8, 21-6) TTO

PUR 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) COL

VEN 2-0 (21-6, 21-4) CAY

CCS 2-0 (21-5, 21-4) BER

CUB 2-0 (21-15, 21-9) JAM

NCA 2-1 CRC (19-21, 21-15, 15-11)

DOM 2-0 (21-8, 21-8) BIZ

Maria Gonzalez of Puerto Rico reaches to spike

Quarterfinal schedule, Saturday June 24

MEX vs ESA 12:00 md CC

PUR vs VEN 1:00 p.m. CC

GUA vs CUB 4:00 p.m. CC

NCA vs DOM 5:00 p.m. CC

Posiciones del 9 al 22

HON vs SKN. 8:00 a.m. CC

LCA vs ANT 8:00 a.m. C2

TTO vs ISV 9:00 a.m. CC

COL vs CAY 9:00 a.m. C2

BER vs JAM 12:00 a.m. C2

CRC vs BIZ 1:00 .m. C2

Men’s Beach Volleyball at the CAC Games reaches the round of 16

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, 22 de junio de 2023.- With intense and battled matches, the men’s beach volleyball tournament of the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games has reached the most exciting phase, with 16 teams qualified to the knockout round to reach the quarter finals, semifinals and finals.

Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico beat Kevin Rodriguez/ Josué Rivera (PUR) 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) to finish first place in pool A and will face Ryck Webb/Martin Blake (JAM).

In pool B, Juan Carlos Noriega/Yeferson De La Hoz (COL) prevailed 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) over Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez (DOM) and took first place in pool B; they will face Sheldon Descartes/Joseph Clercent (LCA) who beat Small Jahmal/Cluevvan Cumberbath (VIN) 2-0 (21-11, 21-3) in the last match of the day.

The Central Caribe Sports team, Andy Leonardo/Luis García, topped pool C after defeating St Clair Hodge/Shaw Seabrookes (SKN) 2-0 (21-09, 21-16) and in the match that qualifies them to the quarterfinals they will play Irvens Benjamin/Joseph Olando (HAI).

Luis Garcia of CCS (GUA) in action against SKN

Rolando Hernández/José Gómez (VEN) defeated Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen (ISV) 2-0 (21-10, 21-15) to lock pool D and will face Jesario Ebanks/Casey Santamaria (CAY).

Noslen Diaz/Jorge Luis Alayo (CUB), beat Rubén Mora/Jefferson Cascante 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) a Rubén Mora/Jefferson Cascante (NCA) and as top place in pool E they will face De Jesús/Martínez (DOM) second of B.

In pool F Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala (ESA) prevailed 2-1 (21-18, 22-24, 21-19) against Daniel Dyner/ Jhostin Varela (CRC) to face Puerto Rico in the next round who finished second place in pool A.

Dyner/Valera (CRC), second in pool F, will meet second place of pool C, St Clair Hodge/Shaw Seabrookes (SKN) in the round of 16. While Mora/Cascante (NCA), second in pool E, will clash with Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen (ISV), second in pool D.

Noslen Diaz of Cuba against Nicaragua

Resultados del jueves

Virgen/Sarabia MEX      2-0 (21-16, 21-11)        Rodriguez/Rivera PUR 

Noriega/Yeferson COL 2-0 (21-19, 21-15)  De Jesus/Martinez DOM     

Blanco/Garcia L. CCS 2-0 (21-9, 21-16) Hodge/Seabrookes SKN

BOSQUI/BRICE MQE    0-2 (0-0, 0-0) Forfeit of team A Small/Cluevvan VIN

Peter/Tigrito VEN         2-0 (21-10, 21-15)  Lomeli/Austin ISV 

Hawkins/Simmons TCI  0-2 (2-21, 4-21)  Bonnie/Cairon ANT

Mora/Cascante NCA      0-2 (19-21, 12-21) Diaz/Alayo CUB        

Broaster/Nunez BIZ      0-2 (14-21, 17-21)  Webb/Blake JAM

FLORES/Guatemala ESA 2-1 (21-18, 22-24, 21-19) D. Dyner/Varela CRC         

Gonzalez/Quintero PAN 1-2 (16-21, 21-15, 13-15)         Sheldon/Clercent LCA

Bonnie/Cairon ANT       0-2 (11-21, 3-21)  Webb/Blake JAM

Small/Cluevvan VIN     0-2 (12-21, 18-21) Sheldon/Clercent LCA

Juegos del viernes

MEX vs JAM 11:00 a.m. Cancha central

SKN vs CRC 11:00 a.m. Cancha 2

CUB vs DOM 12:00 md. CC

CAY vs VEN 12:00 md. C2

PUR vs ESA 3:00 CC

GUA vs HAI 3:00 p.m. C2

ISV vs NCA 4:00 p.m. CC

LCA vs COL 4:00 p.m. C2

Intense day of Men’s Beach Volleyball at the CAC Games 2023

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 21, 2023.- The men’s Beach Volleyball tournament of the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 started with the right foot with several duos showing as teams to beat at the event. 

In pool A, Kevin Rodriguez/ Josué Rivera (PUR) prevailed 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) over Jesario Ebanks/Casey Santamaria (CAY) and are ready to face Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia of Mexico (who earned a bye) on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to decide who will end in first place.

In pool B, Hayerling De Jesús/Oscar Martínez (DOM) beat Irvens Benjamin/Joseph Olando (HAI)  2-0 (21-9, 21-12) and on Thursday will face Juan Carlos Noriega/Yeferson De La Hoz of Colombia, who didn’t play today either.

St. Clair Hodge/Shaw Seabrookes (SKN) scored 2-0 (21-9, 21-14) against Small Jahmal/ Cluevvan Cumberbatch (VIN) and will decide pool C against Andy Leonardo and Luis García (CSC) who won after a now show of Martinique.

In pool D, Rolando Hernández/José Gómez (VEN) defeated Turks and Caicos  2-0 (21-1, 21-while Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen (ISV) beat Dwight Bonnie /Cairon David (ANT) 2-0 (21-15, 21-16); the winners will face each other to advance in a better position to the next round.

Casey Santamaria of CAY

Noslen Diaz/Jorge Luis Alayo (CUB), earned a 2-0 (21-9, 21-10) victory against Ryck Webb/Martin Blake (JAM) and on Thursday will play Ruben Mora/ Jefferson Cascante (NCA) who beat Ernest Broaster/Gabriel Nuñez (BIZ) 2-0 (21-10, 21-10) in pool E.

In pool F, Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala (ESA) beat José González/Jason Quintero (PAN) 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) while Daniel Dyner/ Jhostin Varela (CRC) battled three sets to overcome Sheldon Descartes/Joseph Clercent (LCA) 2-1 (22-24, 21-18, 15-9).

Thursday schedule – pool-play

MEX vs PUR 10:00 a.m.

COL vs DOM 11:00 a.m.

CCS vs SKN 2:00 p.m.

TCI vs ANT 3:00 p.m.

NCA vs CUB 6:00 p.m.

BIZ vs JAM 6:00 p.m.

ESA vs CRC 7:00 p.m.

PAN vs LCA 7:00 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball started at the CAC 2023 Games

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 21, 2023.- The Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament of the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 started with pool-play in all six pools, where teams showed their different abilities to try and reach the podium.

In Pool A, Kelly /Smith of Jamaica prevailed over D. Tulloch/C. Gaetos of Cayman Islands  2-0 (21-15, 21-10) and will play for first place Flores/Gutiérrez of Mexico, who earned a bye on Wednesday.

Beltran/Yanely of Colombia and Dominicans Payano/Almanzar will meet on Thursday at 9:00 am to decide the winner of Pool B after both won to their respective opponents; Beltran/Yanely defeated Suriname (no show) and Payano/Almanzar overpowered Leblanc/Calhoun of Bermudas (21-4, 21-4).

In Pool C, the Centro Caribe Sports team -CCS -(Girón/Bethancourt) came out on top Wilson/Cuero of Panama 2-0 (21-14, 21-11) and Almeida/Benneth of the U.S. Virgin Islands did the same against Antigua and Barbuda of Edwards/Lewis (21-09, 21-12). Centro Caribe Sports and the U.S. Virgin Islands will decide who advances as first in their pool.

Gabi/Juliennis of Venezuela and Silva/Lolette of Nicaragua were the winners in Pool D, facing Thornia/Stafford of Grenada (21-10, 21-10) and St. Kitts and Nevis of Allen/Lake (21-9, 21-12) respectively, and tomorrow they will decide who takes the lead.  

Costa Rica’s Williams/Quesada beat Joseph/Glasgow of Trinidad and Tobago (21-16, 21-13);  while Puerto Rico’s Gonzalez/Navas did their thing over Murillo/Bruhier of Honduras 21-8, 21-6 and will face each other to lead Pool E.

Yvonne Soler of El Salvador celebrates

Results Wednesday

JAM def 2-0 CAY (21-15, 21-10) ; COL def 2-0 SUR (forfeit); DOM def 2-0 BER (21-4, 21-4); CCS def 2-0 PAN (21-14, 21-11); ISV def 2-0 ANT (21-09, 21-12); VEN def 2-0 GRN (21-10, 21-10); PUR def 2-0 HON (21-8, 21-6); CRC def 2-0 TTO (21-16, 21-13); NCA def 2-0 SKN (21-9, 21-12); ESA def 2-0 BIZ (21-17, 21-13); CUB def 2-0 LCA (21-9, 21-15)

Thursday schedule

MEX vs JAM 8:00 a.m.

COL vs DOM 9:00 a.m.

GUA vs ISV 12:00 MD

VEN vs NCA 1:00 p.m.

PUR vs CRC 4:00 p.m.

ESA vs CUB 5:00 p.m.

SUR vs BER 9:00 a.m.

PAN vs ANT 12:00 MD

GRA vs SKN 1:00 p.m.

HON vs TTO 4:00 p.m.

BIZ vs LCA 5:00 p.m.

Women’s Teams

Zellene Edwards/Josanne Lewis, de ANT. Lisa Leblanc/Megan Calhoun de BER. Nelissa Ramirez/Shantell Arnold de BIZ. Deajra Tulloch/Chlouie Gaetos de CAY. Ana Maria Beltrand/Yaleny Moreno, de COL, Angel Williams/Kianny Araya, de CRC. Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armenteros de CUB; Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar, de DOM.  Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina, de ESA; Thornia Mitchell/Renisha Stafford de Granada. Natalia Jirón/Estefanie Bethancourt de GUA; Xue Nicole Murillo/Reizel Bruhier, de HON; Cristina Almeida/Amber Benneth, de ISV; Chauna Kelly/Petal Smith, de JAM; Denila Prospere/Kerin Neptune, de LCA; Abril Flores/Atenas Gutierrez, de MEX; Nahima Silva/Lolette Rodriguez, de NCA; Ingrid Lezcano/Hashlyn Cuero de PAN; Maria Gonzalez/Allanis Navas, de PUR; Brenda Allen, Genelle Howell, de SKN; Chagnaz Frankel/Janneke Tammenga, de SUR; Teisha Joseph/Apphia Glasgow, de TTO; Gabriela Brito/Juliennis Regalado, de VEN.

Beach Volleyball start the CAC Games San Salvador 2023

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, June 21, 2023.- The Beach Volleyball tournament start the actions of the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, San Salvador 2023, at Costa del Sol on Wednesday June 21.

Beach Volleyball begins two days prior to the Opening Ceremony, scheduled for June 23 at 7:00 p.m. (local time) at the Jorge “El Mágico” González National Stadium.

The first sport will be women’s beach volleyball, at 8:00 a.m. with the Cayman Islands’ duo of Deajra Tulloch and Chlouie Gaetos against Jamaica’s Chauna Kelly and Petal Smith, at central court of the Costa del Sol National Stadium.

At 9:00 a.m., Colombian duo of Ana Maria Flores and Yaleny Moreno is scheduled to face the representatives of Suriname, Chagnaz Frankel and Janneke Tammenga.

Men’s beach volleyball will begin at 10:00 a.m., with Puerto Rico’s duo of Kevin Rodriguez and Josue Rivera, against Jesario Ebanks and Casey Santamaria of Cayman Islands.

Beach volleyball will be played until 7:00 p.m. in both genders.

For live results of all sports, visit the CAC Games website sansalvador2023.com.

Women’s Beach Volleyball kicks off at 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 20, 2023.- The Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament at the 2023 San Salvador Central American and Caribbean Games will start on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. (local time) with 23 tandems aiming for gold.

The winner of the gold medal at last year’s Junior Sea and Beach Games in Santa Marta, Colombia, Allanis Navas and María González of Puerto Rico have their minds set to top the podium.

Allanis, who finished fourth place at the previous Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia said “we’ve had a great preparation plan; we’ve completed the entire program planned by our coach and that’s given us good results. This tournament will be a close competition, there are good duos, but we hope to keep our momentum and improve our performance from our previous tournaments”.

Cubans Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armenteros, inherit the dynasty of Leila Martinez, alongside Lianma Flores and later with Mailen Deliz, who won for Cuba the past two editions of the CAC Games. Cuba has overall three gold medals as does Mexico.

“We are a young pair, very new, but we’ve been performing well. In the Junior Sea Games, we lost the gold medal match to Puerto Rico, and we believe we can do better. We are focused and ready to keep on giving our best,” said Rivera.

Ivonne Soler of El Salvador is back at the Central American and Caribbean Games after 21 years, “my first Games and my first important event was here in 2002, and it’s exciting and an honor representing my country, with my people. We hope they will come out to support us, to motivate us because we are willing to give our all for them to be proud of us”.

There are 23 countries competing in the women’s beach volleyball event, divided in 6 pools.

Costa Rica during oficial registration

Composición de Grupos

Pool A: Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica.

Pool B: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Suriname

Pool C: Guatemala, U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbudas, Panama

Pool D: Venezuela, Nicaragua, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada

Pool E: Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras

Pool F: El Salvador, Cuba, St. Lucia, Belize

The first and second places from each pool will advance to the eight finals, while the last positions will play a consolation round.

Wednesday schedule

CAY vs JAM 8:00 a.m.  Central Court

COL vs SUR 9:00 a.m.

DOM vs VER 9:00 a.m. Court 2

GUA vs PAN 12:00 Central Court

ISV vs ANT 12:00 Court 2

Women’s Teams:

Zellene Edwards /Josanne Lewis, de ANT. Lisa Leblanc/Megan Calhoun de BER. Nelissa Ramirez/Shantell Arnold de BIZ. Deajra Tulloch/Chlouie Gaetos de CAY. Ana Maria Beltrand/Yaleny Moreno, de COL, Angel Williams/Kianny Araya, de CRC. Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armenteros de CUB; Julibeth Payano/Bethania Almanzar, de DOM.  Yvonne Soler/Laura Molina, de ESA; Thornia Mitchell/Renisha Stafford de Granada. Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt de GUA; Xue Nicole Murillo/Reizel Bruhier, de HON; Cristina Almeida/Amber Benneth, de ISV; Chauna Kelly/Petal Smith, de JAM; Denila Prospere/Kerin Neptune, de LCA; Abril Flores/Atenas Gutierrez, de MEX; Nahima Silva/Lolette Rodriguez, de NCA; Ingrid Lezcano/Hashlyn Cuero de PAN; Maria Gonzalez/Allanis Navas, de PUR; Brenda Allen, Genelle Howell, de SKN; Chagnaz Frankel/Janneke Tammenga, de SUR; Teisha Joseph/Apphia Glasgow, de TTO; Gabriela Brito/Juliennis Regalado, de VEN. 

22 Countries in Men’s Beach Volleyball at CAC Games San Salvador

COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador, June 20, 2023.- The men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament at the San Salvador 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games will start on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (local time) with 22 pairs battling to top the podium.

Cuba, winners of the past two editions of the Games, is ready to defend their title, but with the new duo of Noslen Díaz/Jorge Alayo.

“We are prepared to reach the podium and give our country another joy. We’ve been playing together in several events this year, including in Brazil and we believe we can continue the winning streak at these Games”, said Noslen.

Mexican Juan Virgen, who is playing in his fourth CAC Games, winner of two silver medals and one bronze, said that this will be a competitive tournament. “There are good teams, we are all aiming for the podium, I have won several medals in previous tournaments and the goal is to continue, despite the good teams in the competition”.

Armando Guatemala, a player of the host country who will defend El Salvador’s honor said “we have trained hard because we want to have a good performance. We are aware it will be challenging, we have difficult matches, but we want to put our country’s name in high, even more while playing at home with the support of our people”.

The competition schedule divided teams in six pools, four of them with 4 tandems and two with three. The first and second places will advance to the eight finals, while the last positions will play a consolation round.

Puerto Rico during oficial registration

Pool Composition

Pool A: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands

Pool B: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti

Pool C: Guatemala, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Martinique

Pool D: Venezuela, U.S.Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Turks & Caicos

Pool E: Nicaragua, Cuba, Jamaica, Belize

Pool F: El Salvador, Costa Rica, St. Lucia, Panama

Wednesday morning schedule

PUR vs CAY     10:00 a.m. central court

DOM vs HAI    11:00 a.m.

GUA vs MQE   2:00 p.m.

SKN vs VIN      2:00 p.m. (court 2)

Equipos Hombres:

Dwight Bonnie /Cairon David, de ANT; Ernest Broaster/ Gabriel Nuñez, de BIZ; Jesario Ebanks/Casey Santamaria, de CAY; Juan Carlos Noriega/Yeferson De La Hode COL; Daniel Dyner/ Jhostin Varela, de CRC; Noslen Diaz/Jorge Luis Alayo, de CUB; Hayerling de De Jesus/ Oscar Martinez de DOM; Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala de ESA; Andy Leonardo/Luis García, de GUA; Irvens Benjamin/Joseph Olando de HAI; Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen de ISV; Ryck Webb/Martin Blake, JAM; Sheldon Descartes/Joseph Clercent de LCA; Juan Virgen/Miguel Sarabia, de MEX; Martel Bosqui/Brice Hardy de MQE; Rubén Mora/ Jefferson Cascante, de NCA; José González/Jason Quintero, de PAN; Kevin Rodriguez/ Josué Rivera de PUR; St Clair Hodge/Shaw Seabrookes de SKN; Scott Hawkins/Sebastian Simmons, de TCI; Rolando Hernández/José Gómez, de VEN; Small Jahmal/ Cluevvan Cumberbatch de VIN

Beach Volleyball at Central American and Caribbean Games 2023

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, June 19, 2023.  – The Beach Volleyball competition at the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador, El Salvador will run from June 21-27 in Costa del Sol, a discipline that has been dominated by Cuba men and equally divided between Mexico and Cuba in women.

Cuba has won the men’s event on four occasions since the inception of the Central American Games in 1998 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, two of them in a row (Veracruz, Mexico 2014 and Barranquilla, Colombia 2018).

Cubans Sergio González and Nivaldo Díaz earned the men’s title in the past two editions in Veracruz and Barranquilla.

Mexico men have stepped on the CAC podium in each of the six tournaments, where the biggest NORCECA medalist, Olympic Juan Virgen has earned two silver medals, at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 2010 and Barranquilla, Colombia 2018, and a bronze medal in Veracruz, Mexico 2014.

In the women’s field, both Mexico and Cuba have won three gold medals each, and as well as in the men’s competition, Cuba has back-to-back gold medals in the past two editions of the Games.

Leila Martinez won both gold medals, first with Lianma Flores in Veracruz 2014 and in Barranquilla 2018 pairing with Mailen Deliz.

All these Cuban medalists have now stepped down for a new generation of Cuban athletes to take on their legacy.

Men’s Podiums

1998Rossell/Chambers CUBJackson/Sotelo MEXDe Jesús/Velasco PUR
2002Hernández/Papaleo PURRodríguez/Hernández MEXVásquez/Rodríguez VEN
2006Álvarez/Villar CUBHenríquez/Hernández VENOntiveros/Ontiveros MEX
2010Hernández/Villafañe VENMiramontes/Vírgen MEXIrizarry/Rodríguez PUR
2014González/Díaz CUBVillafañe/Henríquez VENVírgen/Ontiveros MEX
2018González/Díaz CUBVírgen/Ontiveros MEXMurray/Manjarres COL

Composite Medals

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
CUB4004
VEN1124
PUR1023
MEX0426
COL0011

Women’s Podiums

1998Amaral/Huerta MEXFerrer/Blanco CUBAbreu/Zambrano VEN
2002García/Gaxiola MEXRodríguez/Cova VENBonilla/Santos DOM
2006Fernández/Larrea CUBVírgen/Revuelta MEXRodríguez/García VEN
2010Candelas/García MEXAcevedo/Santiago PURGalindo/Galindo COL
2014Flores/Martínez CUBCandelas/Revuelta MEXPazo/Agudo VEN
2018Leila/Maylen CUBYuli/Diana COLAgudo/Gabi VEN

Composite Medals 

CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
MEX3205
CUB3104
VEN0145
PUR0101
DOM0011
COL0112

Canada wins gold at Beach Pro Tour Challenge in Jurmala

JURMALA, Latvia, June 18, 2023.-  Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Melissa Humana-Paredes won their first Beach Pro Tour gold medal as a team in Jurmala, Latvia, today.

Canada defeated Switzerland’s Zoé Vergé-Dépré and Esmée Böbner 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).

Although the Swiss duo put pressure on Canada with their serve, Canada out blocked (5-1) their opponents, led in attack points and made fewer errors.

“It was a really solid week of consistent play by us. We stuck together, overcoming some adversity and really enjoyed playing each point,” said Humana-Paredes, who won this event last year with previous partner, Sarah Pavan.

“It’s been a long time on the road and we’re excited to go home to celebrate with our loved ones and get ready for the next one!”

Brandie Wilerson CAN blocks during gold medal match

Brandie/Melissa also won a bronze medal at the Elite 16 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, earlier this month.

“I am so happy, this team has been working hard so it’s so good to see it come out as a gold medal,” Wilkerson said in the post-match interview. “Every point we played as if it was the first point of the game until the very end. Our opponents are talented, and had a great tournament, so it was an effort to play against them.”

Earlier today, Canada’s team also beat home country favourites Anastasija Samoilova and Tina Graudina in the semifinal 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) to advance to the gold medal match. Latvia ended up winning the bronze medal over Brazil’s Tainá/Victoria in a tie break (21-11, 20-22, 15-13).

For more information on the Beach Pro Tour, which counts towards Olympic qualification points, see the Beach Volleyball World website: https://en.volleyballworld.com/beachvolleyball/competitions/beach-pro-tour/

Puerto Rico, USA, Canada and Dominican Republic Women qualify to the World Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 8, 2023.- The women’s teams Puerto Rico, the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic qualified to the World Championship in Tlaxcala, Mexico at the NORCECA Continental Qualifying Beach Volleyball Tournament, that concluded on Thursday on the sand courts at Los Corales Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Puerto Rico’s Allanis Navas/María González took the top honors after beating Kelley Kolinske/Hailey Harward of the United States in gold medal match 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15 -11).

Shanice Marcelle/Sophie Bukovec of Canada won the bronze medal match defeating Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano of the Dominican Republic (4th place) 2-0 (21-19, 21-11).

María González (PUR) spikes, Kelley Kolinske (USA) blocks

Fifth place went to Amanda Armenteros/Yenifer Rivera of Cuba after defeating Ximena Núñez/Kianny Araya of Costa Rica (6th place) 2-1 (19-21, 21-11, 15-8), while seventh place went to Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt from Guatemala who beat Socorro López/Lolette Rodríguez from Nicaragua (8th place) 2-0 by forfeit.

Yvone Soler/Laura Molina from El Salvador finished ninth place beating Melanie Valenciana/Bailey Foy from the U.S. Virgin Islands (10th place) 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) and iChauna Kelly/Petal Smith of Jamaica finished eleventh over Chlouie Gaetos/Deajra Tulloch (12th place) 2-1 (21-10, 15-21, 15-10).

The 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championship will take place in Tlaxcala, Mexico from October 6 to 15.

Cuba, Nicaragua, USA and Canada Men win berths to World Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 8, 2023.- Cuba, Nicaragua, the United States and Canada Men won the four berths to the World Championship in Tlaxcala, Mexico, granted by the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Qualifying Tournament, which concluded with success this Thursday on the sand courts at Los Corales Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Jorge Alayo/Noslen Díaz of Cuba were crowned champions of the Tournament after defeating 2-0 (21-12, 21-10) over the duo of Rubén Mora/Dany López from Nicaragua in gold medal match of the event.

Samuel Schatchter/Daniel Dearing of Canada won bronze due to an injury of Andrew Benesh with teammate Miles Partain of the United States (4th place).

Jorge Alayo digging

Andy Blanco/Luis García from Guatemala won the match for fith place, after it was suspended because  Hayerling De Jesús accompanied by Oscar Martínez of Dominican Republic (6th place) presented a muscle cramp and had to retire from the game in the third set.

Danier Dyner/Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica finished seventh, defeating Garrett Bucklin/Robert Cronshaw of Virgin Islands (8th place) who withdrew.

In ninth place were Joseph Clercent/Sheldon Descartes from Saint Lucia after beating Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala from El Salvador (10th) 2-1 (8-21, 23-21, 15-13), the eleventh position went to Mark Blake/Javian Smith of Jamaica who defeated Jesario Ebanks/Stephen Watson of Cayman Islands (12th place).

The 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championship will take place in Tlaxcala, Mexico from October 6 to 15.

USA, Canada and Puerto Rico Women undefeated at NORCECA World Qualifier

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 7, 2023.- Women duos of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico advanced undefeated to the quarterfinal round of the NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball in Punta Cana, a Qualifier tournament to the 2023 World Championship.

USA’s duo of Kelley Kolinse and Haley Harward easily defeated Cubans Amanda Armenteros and Yenifer Rivera 2-0 (21-10, 21-10) in Pool A. Then they controlled two Central American tandems, that of Yvonne Soler and Laura Molina of El Salvador 2-0 (21-4, 21-8), and Guatemalans Natalia Giron and Estefanie Bethancourt 2-0 ( 21-17, 21-20).

Canadians Shanice Marcelle and Sophie Bukovec went undefeated in Pool B, first defeating Chlouie Gaetos/Deajra Tulloch of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-7, 21-7), then over Lolette Rodriguez and Socorro Lopez of Nicaragua 2-0 (21-13, 22-20), followed by a 2-0 (21-10 , 21-9) victory against Ximena Núñez and Kianny Araya of Costa Rica.

Shanice Marcelle (2) and Sophie Bukovec (1) of Canada

In Pool C, Allanis Navas alongside Maria Gonzalez started their campaign with two solid wins. First with a 2-0 (21-11, 21-5) win over Chauna Kelly and Petal Smith of Jamaica, followed by a 2-0 (21-4, 21-6) against Melanie Valenciana and Bailey Foy of U.S. Virgin Islands. Dominicans Bethania Almanzar and Julibeth Payano were resilient in the end, but Navas and Gonzalez pulled off their third win 2-0 (21-12, 23-21).

Also advancing into the quarterfinal round are Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano (DOM), Ximena Núñez/Kianny Araya (CRC), Amanda Armenteros/Yenifer Rivera (CUB), Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt (GUA), y Socorro López/Lolette Rodriguez (NCA).

The quarterfinal competition starts this Thursday at 8:30 am (local time) on the sand courts located at Los Corales Beach in Punta Cana, the winners will qualify to the 2023 World Championship in Tlaxcala, Mexico and will advance into semifinals.

USA, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada Men advance undefeated at NORCECA World Qualifier

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 7, 2023.- Teams from the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada won all three of their preliminary round matches to advance undefeated to the quarterfinals of the NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball World Championship Qualifier in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Andrew Benesh and Miles Partain of the United States in Pool A easily defeated Jesario Ebanks/Stephen Watson of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-4, 21-4) and dominated Oscar Martinez/Hayerling Goris of the Dominican Republic 2-0 (21-15, 21-14). Benesh and Partain’s most battled performance was overcoming Cubans Jorge Alayo and Noslen Diaz (21-19, 26- 24) who also move into the quarterfinals.

Garrett Bucklin and Robert Cronshaw of the U.S. Virgin Islands managed two beat the two Central American tandems in Pool C, first they overpowered Danier Dyner/Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) and Andy Blanco/Luis Garcia of Guatemala 2-0 (21-13, 21-17), followed by their third victory against Jamaica´s Mark Blake/Javian Smith 2-0 (21-12, 21- 5).

Sam Schachter of Canada digging

Canadians Sam Schachter and Daniel Dearing had no setbacks in their three Pool B victories. Sam and Dan first defeated Joseph Clercent/Sheldon Descartes of Saint Lucia 2-0 (21-8, 21-10), followed by a 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) over Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala of El Salvador and closing the day 2-0 (21 -18, 21-16) against Ruben Mora and Dany Lopez of Nicaragua.

In addition to Dominicans Oscar Martinez/Hayerling Goris, three Central American pairs will also compete in quarterfinals, Danier Dyner/Jhostin Varela of Costa Rica, Andy Blanco/Luis Garcia of Guatemala and Rubén Mora/Dany López of Nicaragua.

Winners of the quarterfinals that start at 8:30 (local time) on Thursday, will win the ticket to the 2023 Beach Volleyball World Championship and will advance to semifinals here at Los Corales Beach in Punta Cana.

24 teams ready to compete at NORCECA Beach Volleyball World Championship Qualifier

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, May 6, 2023.- A total of 24 teams from 13 countries will see action starting this Wednesday at the NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball Qualifying Tournament in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Twelve teams in each gender registered during the preliminary inspections on Tuesday aiming to advance from the preliminary round pool-play that begins this Wednesday at 8:00 am (local time) on the sand courts located in Los Corales beach in Punta Cana.

This Tuesday the Technical Meeting of the Tournament was also held, attended by the Honorable Governor of the province of La Altagracia, Lic. Martina Pepén; Lic. Iván Güilamo, Regional Director of Sports who is also Vice President of the eastern volleyball region as well as President of the Volleyball Association of the province of La Altagracia; Frigate Lieutenant Bido Medina, in charge of the Navy in the El Cortesito area, and Mr. Oscar de la Cruz from the Punta Cana area Tourism Promotion office.

The tournament grants 4 berths per gender for the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship to be held in October in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

18 matches per gender will be held on day one of the event.

Saint Lucia in the preliminary meeting

Men’s teams:

CAN Samuel Schachter/Daniel Dearing, CRC Danier Dyner/Jhostin Varela, CUB Jorge Alayo/Noslen Díaz, GUA Andy Blanco/Luis Augusto, CAY Jesario Ebanks/Stephen Watson, ISV Garrett Bucklin/Robert Cronshaw, JAM Mark Blake/Javian Smith, NCA Ruben Mora/Dany Lopez, USA Andrew Benesh/Miles Partain, ESA Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala, LCA Joseph Clercent/Sheldon Descartes, DOM Oscar Martinez/Hayerling Goris.

Women’s teams:

CAN Shanice Marcelle/Sophie Bukovec, CRC Ximena Núñez/Kianny Araya, NCA Socorro López/Lolette Rodríguez, ESA Yvone Soler/Laura Molina, ISV Melanie Valenciana/Bailey Foy, CAY Chlouie Gaetos/Deajra Tulloch, JAM Chauna Kelly/Petal Smith, CUB Amanda Armenteros/Yenifer Rivera, PUR Allanis Navas/María González, USA Kelley Kolinske/Haley Harward, GUA Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourth, DOM Bethania Almanzar/Julibeth Payano.

Four slots up for bids at Continental World Championship Qualifier

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 6, 2023.- The NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball World Championship qualifier has lined up the Confederation’s top teams set to compete in Punta Cana June 7-8 for four slots per gender up for bids to the FIVB 2023 World Championship to be held in October at Tlaxcala, Mexico.

The entry list of twelve teams per gender representing 13 countries has standout names at the Continental NORCECA Beach Tour, the Beach Pro Tour and World Championships.

In the women’s field the number one seeded team is that of the United States, Kelley Kolinske, winner of several NORCECA and Beach Pro Tour medals, with partner Hailey Harward who have teamed up just this year. 

Canada’s Sophie Bukovec, silver medalist at the 2022 World Championship in Rome with former partner Brandie Wilkerson, is teaming up with Shanice Marcelle  who has been competing at the NORCECA Tour since 2021 and in several Beach Pro Futures events.

Allanis Navas and Maria Gonzalez of Puerto Rico have become a NORCECA force since 2018, reaching the NORCECA podium on six occasions and just this weekend won the first Under-23 NORCECA Beach Tour.

USA’s Miles Partain and Andrew Benesh lead the men’s list, they won the bronze medal this past Sunday at the Elite16 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and are competing at their first continental event.

The second seeded team is that of Olympian Samuel Schatcher and Dan Dearing, the number one team of Canada won the 2022 NORCECA Finals and several medals at the NORCECA Tour, finished second at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and qualified to the 2022 World Championship winning this event.

Cubans Jorge Luis Alayo and Nolsen Diaz have made it to the podium in each of the four NORCECA continental events they played in 2022, in this 2023 Varadero event (their only NORCECA this year), won this past weekend the first Under-23 NORCECA tournament and reached this year’s Saquarema Beach Pro Tour semifinals.

Puerto Rico wins the gold medal in the women’s NORCECA U23 Tour

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 4, 2023.- Puerto Ricans Allanis Nava and María González took the top honors showing a great level of play in gold medal match over Dominicans Jeneiry Rosario and Yari Cleto 2-0 (21-9, 21-10) in Los Corales Beach in Punta Cana.

Canadian duo of Sophia Hladyniuk and Emma Braticevic defeated Dominicans Ruth Martínez and Crismil Paniagua 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) to win the bronze medal.

In the match for fifth place of the event, Ximena Nuñez and Kianny Quesada of Costa Rica prevailed 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) against Naomi Monney and Andrea Godoy of Guatemala.

Allanis Navas (2) and María González (1) of Puerto Rico celebrate during gold medal match

Maryn McCoombs and Lucia Finlason of Cayman Islands finished seventh after  Sofi/Molina of Costa Rica forfeited.

Nahima Silva/Ella Resau of Nicaragua took ninth place over Daniela Vigil and Karla Tovar of El Salvador in three sets 2-1 (21-16, 18-21, 15-5). 

Cuba men wins gold in the Under-23 NORCECA Beach Tour

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 4, 2023.- Cuba men won the gold medal in the U-23 Tournament of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour, successfully held on the sand courts on Los Corales beach in Punta Cana.

The Under 23 event is the new beach volleyball circuit that the NORCECA Confederation has created for athletes to earn ranking points for this age-group.

Cuban pair Jorge Alayo and Noslen Díaz defeated the Costa Rica of Julián Araya and Jhostin Varela in the gold medal match with a score of 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) in 34 game minutes.

Jorge Alayo and Noslen Díaz of Cuba during gold medal match

Canadian duo of Cameron Chadwick and Tynan Gannett easily won the bronze medal after defeating Nicaraguans Jefferson Cascante and Josue Meneses 2-0 (21-16, 21-15).

The fifth place went to the twin brothers Yoel and Christopher Guardado from El Salvador over Guatemala’s Rodolfo Ventura and José Izaguirre in three exciting sets 2-1 (21-14, 17-21, 15-9).

The match for seventh place was won 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) by Canadians Martin Licht and Steven Abrams against Elkreen Morton and Zendai Richards from Saint Kitts & Nevis.

In another result, Dominicans Rolvin Maldonado and Ricardo Paredes beat Antigua & Barbuda  of Khaliq Joseph and Roshaun Martin 21-8, 21-11.

USA’s Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh win Bronze in Ostrava

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 4, 2023.- Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh of the United States won the bronze medal at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16 men’s tournament on Sunday in Ostrava.

Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh, seeded 13th in the main draw bracket, made their way to the podium after starting their Ostrava quest from Wednesday’s qualifiers. Their bronze was the pair’s second medal on the Beach Pro Tour, after the gold they took at the first Dubai Challenge in October.

Partain & Benesh had to go against home favourites Ondrej Perusic & David Schweiner and the fantastic Ostrava crowd on the centre court stands that cheered the Czech team on. However, that seemed to be counter-productive for the Perusic & Schweiner this time as they made far too many unforced errors allowing the Americans to dominate throughout the match and celebrate a 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) upset of the fourth-seeded opponents.

 Schweiner was the best scorer of the match with 18 points, while defender Perusic finished with seven. Benesh had 15 and Partain – 13.

Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh

In the semifinals Partain & Benesh took the first set of that match, but then Qatar’s Cherif Younousse & Ahmed Tijan fought back to win it by 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15-9). Ahmed outscored everyone on the court with 23 points, including an ace, while Cherif raised three kill blocks and also aced once to tally 17 points to his name. Benesh finished with 22 points, while Partain added another 15.

Reigning Olympic and world champions, FIVB World Ranking leaders and defending Ostrava trophy-holders Anders Mol & Christian Sorum of Norway won the gold medal over  Cherif & Ahmed 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-12).

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Cannon & Sponcil and Melissa & Brandie reach Ostrava podium

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 4, 2023.- Terese Cannon & Sarah Sponcil of the United States won the silver medal and Canadians Brandie Wilkerson and Melissa Humana-Paredes won the bronze at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16 event in Ostrava.

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Terese Cannon & Sarah Sponcil started their Ostrava campaign from Wednesday’s qualifiers and made it all the way to Sunday’s final. It was the fourth Beach Pro Tour podium for their team. Tokyo 2020 Olympian Sponcil had already been on the Ostrava podium once, as she and her previous partner Kelly Claes (now Cheng) took the 2021 4-star gold in the Czech city, which is when they qualified for the Games in Japan.

Also from the qualifiers, Melissa Humana-Paredes & Brandie Wilkerson, completed the podium with bronze. It was only the third Beach Pro Tour appearance for the recently formed pairing of Canadian Olympians and they already have their first medal. Brandie had a 2018 4-star silver from Ostrava with Heather Bansley.

Melissa and Brandie Canada, bronze medal

Cannon & Sponcil, seeded bottom 16th in the main draw bracket, dominated the first set of Sunday’s big final against Ana Patricia & Duda, but the top-seeded Brazilians fought back to triumph after a 2-1 (17-21, 21-14, 15-12) victory, mostly thanks to their solid performance in offence.

In the bronze medal match, fifth-seeded Nina Brunner & Tanja Huberli of Switzerland had control over the scoreboard only during the first few rallies of the first set, but then 13th-seeded Melissa & Brandie pushed forward on all counts and dominated the rest of the game on the way to a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) shutout.


Earlier in the semifinals, Cannon & Sponcil opened for the day with a hard-fought 2-1 (19-21, 23-21, 15-13) comeback against Melissa & Brandie.

Dominican Duos advance to Women Semifinals at the NORCECA U23 Tour

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 3, 2023.- Two duos of the Dominican Republic will compete in the women’s semifinals of the Under-23 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour being successfully held at Los Corales beach in Punta Cana.

The two Dominican couples qualified for the semifinals of the event that concludes this Sunday, after winning in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Rosario and Cleto defeated Monney and Godoy from Guatemala 2-0 (24-22, 21-10) to advance to the next phase of the tournament, while in an electrifying match full of emotions, injuries, and passion, the duo of Martínez and Paniagua defeated Núñez and Quezada from Costa Rica in three intense sets (23-21, 23-25, 18-16) to get their ticket to the next stage.

In accordance with the regulations of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation, two teams from the same country that both reach the semifinals will have to face each other, therefore the duo of Rosario and Cleto will have to face the team formed by Martínez and Paniagua of Dominican Republic.

The other two couples that advanced to the semifinals are the one made up of Hladyniuk and Braticevic from Canada who easily beat the one made up of McCoombs and Finlason from the Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-3, 21-9) and the duo of Navas and González from Puerto Rico defeated Sofi and Molina from Costa Rica 2-1 (21-13, 21-13).

The other two pairs advancing into semifinals are Canadians Hladyniuk and  Braticevic and Puerto Rico’s Navas and Gonzalez.

Sophia Hladyniuk of Canada

Hladyniuk and Braticevic easily beat McCoombs and Finlason of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-3, 21-9), while Navas and González triumphed over Sofi and Molina of Costa Rica  2-0 (21-13, 21-13).

In semifinals, Dominicans will face each other, and Canada goes up against Puerto Rico.

The semifinals are scheduled on Sunday at 9:00 am (local time) as well as matches for positions 5 to 11, medal matches will be held during the afternoon.

Cuba, Nicaragua, Canada and Costa Rica advance to Men Semifinals in the NORCECA U23

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 3, 2023.- Cuba, Canada and Costa Rica advanced to the men’s Under-23 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour semifinals, after winning in quarterfinals at Los Corales beach in Punta Cana.

The Canadian duo of Chadwick/Gannett defeated  Guatemala’s Ventura/Izaguirre 2-1 (27-29, 21-14, 15-6) in a marathon match that lasted for 1 hour and four minutes to advance into the semifinals.

Canadian duo of Chadwick/Gannett

The other three pairs in the semifinals are that Araya/Varela (CRC) who defeated Licht/Abrams (CAN) 2-0 (28-26, 21-16), Cubans Alayo/Díaz who struck down the Guardado twins from El Salvador 2-0 (21-2, 21-7) in a match that barely lasted 20 minutes and Nicaragua’s Cascante/Meneses who overcame Morton/Zendai (SKN) in three well fought sets 2-1 (19 -21, 21-14, 15-9).

The competition will conclude on Sunday starting at 9:00am (local time) with the semifinals on courts 1 and 2, while matches for positions 5 to 12 will be played on court 3; medal matches will be held in the afternoon.

Brandie and Melissa set to make first semifinal appearance

OSTRAVA,  Czech Republic, June 3, 2023.- Canadians Brandie Wilkerson and Melissa Humana-Paredes are ready to fight for their first international medal after just three events together as they continued their impeccable run at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16 event in Ostrava, Czechia, on Saturday with another win and are now set to compete in the semifinals of the tournament on Sunday.

The Canadian Olympians will face Americans Terese Cannon and Sarah Sponcil in one of the semifinals of the women’s tournament in Ostrava, at 09:00 local time (07:00 UTC).

Watch all matches at the Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16 event live on VBTV.

To make it to the semifinals in Ostrava, the two, who started the tournament on Wednesday’s qualifier, had to win six matches and they did so while dropping just one set. That happened on Saturday, when they faced Americans Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss in the quarterfinals and pulled off a hard-fought, three-set (21-19, 13-21, 15-12) win.

Their next opponents Cannon and Sponcil had as long of a route as theirs, also beginning their campaign in Ostrava in the qualifier. The Americans won five of their six matches in Ostrava so far and prevailed over Swiss Olympic medalists Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana in the quarterfinals with a comfortable 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) victory.

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In men, Americans Andy Benesh and Miles Partain also reached the semifinals and will face Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan of Qatar on Sunday at 12:00 local time (10:00 UTC)

Partain and Benesh had a long route to the semifinals, having played as many as seven matches since they started their campaign in Ostrava, on Wednesday, in the qualifier. The Americans had two matches on Saturday and overcame Poland’s Michal Bryl and Bartosz Losiak 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) in the Round of 12 and Swedish David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig also in two sets (21-18, 21-0) in the quarterfinals – Hellvig was forced to withdraw from the match at the end of the first set after he sustained a wrist injury.

Seven duos undefeated at start the Men’s Under-23 Preliminary Round

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 2, 2023.- Seven duos undefeated on the first day of competition at the Under-23 NORCECA 2023 Beach Volleyball Tournament, taking place on the sand courts located at Los Corales beach in Punta Cana.

In pool D, Araya/Varela (CRC) had no difficulties in beating their two opponents; they first defeated George/Daley of British Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-7, 21-8) and then against  Maldonado/Paredes 2-0 (21-10, 21-10).

Guardado twins of El Salvador, also in pool D, controlled Maldonado/Paredes (DOM) 2-0 (21-11, 21-10) and George/Daley (IVB) by a 2-0 (21-4, 21-2) score.

Morton/Zendai of St. Kitts and Nevis in pool A got a win 2-0 (21-15,21-7) over Cayman Islands’ of Watson/Verhoeven who were also defeated by  Canadians Chadwick/Gannett 2-0 (21-11, 21-9).

Also, Guatemala’s Ventura/Izaguirre and Nicaragua’s Cascante/Meneses dominated Joseph/Martin de Antigua y Barbudas in pool B, 2-0 (21-7, 21-6) and 2-0 (21-9, 21-6) respectively.  

Alayo/Díaz of Cuba in pool C, obtained a 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) victory over Licht/Abrams of Canada in pool C, who earlier defeated Gil/Wilmore of the Dominican Republic 2-0 (21-7, 21-16).

The preliminary round concludes on Saturday morning, to then carry out the draw to determine the crossover quarterfinal round and the teams who play for placing matches in the afternoon.

Men’s Results Day 1:

SKN Morton/Zendai d CAY Watson/Verhoeven 2-0 (21-15,21-7)

NCA Cascante/Meneses d ANT Joseph/Martin 2-0 (21-9, 21-6)

CAN Licht/Abrams d DOM Gil/Wilmore 2-0 (21-7, 21-16)

ESA Guardado Y./Guardado C. d DOM Maldonado/Paredes 2-0 (21-11, 21-10)

CRC Araya/Varela d IVB George/Daley 2-0 (21-7, 21-8)

CAN Chadwick/Gannett d CAY Watson/Verhoeven 2-0 (21-11, 21-9)

GUA Ventura Izaguirre d ANT Joseph/Martin 2-0 (21-7, 21-6)

CUB Alayo/Díaz d CAN Licht/Abrams 2-0 (21-12, 21-12)

CRC Araya/Varela d DOM Maldonado/Paredes 2-0 (21-10, 21-10)

ESA Guardado Y./Guardado C. d IVB George/Daley 2-0 (21-4, 21-2)

Dominican Women surprises in the NORCECA U-23 Beach Tour

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 2, 2023.- Dominican duo of Ruth Martínez and Crismil Paniagua surprised after winning their both matches on the first day at the 2023 NORCECA Under-23 Beach Volleyball Tour.

Martinez and Paniagua beat the Benjamín/Joseph from Antigua & Barbuda 2-0 (21-9, 21-12) and Costa Rica’s Sofi/Molina with a 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) score to remain undefeated in the tournament.

Navas/Gonzalez of Puerto Rico had no resistance in pool B, to finish the day unbeaten, with wins over Dominicans Rosario/Cleto 2-0 (21-10, 21-9) and over  McCoombs/Finlason of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-3, 21-7).

In pool A, Núñez/Quesada of Costa Rica defeated Nicaraguans Silva/Resau 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) who then fell to Canadian duo of   Hladyniuk/Braticevic 2-0 (21-15, 21-11).

Ximena Nuñez of Costa Rica spikes

Pool-play will resume on Saturday on the courts at beach Los Corales in Punta Cana.

Women’s Results day 1:

CRC Nunez/Quesada d NCA Silva/Resau 2-0 (21-15, 21-18)

CAY McCoombs/Finlason d ESA Daniela/Tobar 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 15-6)

PUR Navas/González d DOM Rosario/Cleto 2-0 (21-10, 21-9)

DOM Martínez/Paniagua d ANT Benjamín/Joseph 2-0 (21-9, 21-12)

CRC Sofi/Molina d GUA Monney/Godoy 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 15-13)

CAN Hladyniuk/Braticevic d NCA Silva/Resau 2-0 (21-15, 21-11)

PUR Navas/Gonzalez d CAY McCoombs/Finlason 2-0 (21-3, 21-7)

ESA Daniela/Tovar d DOM Rosario/Cleto 2-0 (21-12, 21-12)

GUA Money/Godoy d ANT Benjamin/Joseph 2-0 (21-6, 21-10)

DOM Martinez/Paniagua d CRC Sofi/Molina 2-0 (21-17, 21-17)

Two American duos and Canada into Ostrava  women’s quarterfinals

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 2, 2023.- USA’s Hughes & Cheng, Cannon & Sponcil and Melissa & Brandie of Canada won their pools to jump into the last eight of the women’s Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16.

Without dropping a single set in pool play, Sara Hughes & Kelly Cheng cruised directly into quarterfinals as one of the four pool winners. So did Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes & Brandie Wilkerson. Terese Cannon & Sarah Sponcil of the United States and Cinja Tillmann & Svenja Muller of Germany booked the other two direct tickets to the last eight of the tournament.

· Watch all matches at the Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16 event live on VBTV.

Having started off their Ostrava campaign with a straight-set victory over the world’s number three team Barbara Seixas & Carol Solberg of Brazil on Thursday, Hughes & Cheng continued their Pool C journey with two more shutouts on Friday. First, the Americans mastered a 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) win over Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallists Taliqua Clancy & Mariafe Artacho Del Solar of Australia, seeded third in Ostrava, taking advantage of the many unforced errors of the opponents. Then, they dominated over compatriots Betsi Flint & Julia Scoles on the way to a 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) sweep. The three-way tie between the remaining teams in the pool was resolved on point ratio in favour of Clancy & Mariafe for the runner-up spot and Scoles & Flint for the third place, leaving Barbara & Carol out of contention.

Melissa & Brandie followed up on their two straight-set wins on Thursday with another one on Friday to top the final Pool D standings on a flawless record. The Canadian qualifiers handed another shutout, 2-0 (21-19, 21-16), to fourth-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk & Rebecca Cavalcanti of Brazil.

Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson of Canada

Despite falling 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) to reigning world champions Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) & Ana Patricia Ramos of Brazil, Terese Cannon & Sarah Sponcil kept their place on top of the Pool A table to progress to the quarterfinals. In what proved to be a crucial battle for the third place in the pool, USA’s Kristen Nuss & Taryn Kloth claimed a 2-0 (23-21, 21-9) win over European champions Anastasija Samoilova & Tina Graudina of Latvia, their first of the tournament, but enough to overtake the opponents in the standings and send them home.

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In men, US qualifiers Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh, finished third in Pool D to stay alive in the tournament, while a three-way tie in Pool A between teams with 1-2 win-loss records was resolved on point ratio which left USA’s Crabb & Brunner out of contention.

24 teams ready to compete at U23 NORCECA Tour in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.- 24 teams are ready to see action in the Under-23 Tournament part of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour 2023 starting this Friday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic .

13 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams registered during the preliminary inspections on Thursday, aiming to advance from the preliminary pool-play that begins Friday at 9:00 am (local time) on the courts at Los Corales beach in Punta Cana .

There are 28 games scheduled for the first day of competition, 16 in the men’s branch and 12 in the women’s, the quarterfinals will be on Saturday and the semifinal along with the finals on Sunday in addition to placing matches.

El Salvador during Preliminary Inquiry

Men’s Teams: CAN Cameron Chadwick/Tynan Gannett , Martin Licht/Steven Abrams; GUA Mario Ventura/Jose Izaguirre; CUB Jorge Alayo/Nosién Díaz; CRC Julián Araya/Jhostin Varela; ESA Yoel Guardado/ Christopher Guardado; SUN Angel Gil/George Wilmore, Rolvin Maldonado/Ricardo Paredes; NCA Jefferson Cascante/Josue Meneses; SKN Elkreen Morton/Zendai Richards; CAY Stephen Watson/Jayden Verhoeven; ANT Khaliq Joseph/Roshaun Martin; IVB J’adon George/Jaroy Daley.

Women’s Teams: CAN Sophia Hladyniuk/Emma Braticevic; PUR Allanis Navas/Maria González; GUA Naomi Monney/Andrea Godoy; SUN Ruth Martínez/Crismil Paniagua, Jeneiry Rosario/Yari Cleto; ESA Daniela Vigil/Karla Tovar; CRC Ximena Nuñez/Kianny Araya, Sofia Vega/Laura Molina; NCA Nahima Silva/Ella Resau; CAY Maryn McCoombs/Lucie Finlason; ANT Nia Benjamin/Jassania Joseph.

Cannon & Sponcil and Melissa & Brandie march on in Ostrava main draw

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 1, 2023.- On Thursday, USA’s Terese Cannon & Sarah Sponcil were the first team to score two victories at Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16 women’s main draw.

However, Canadian qualifiers Melissa Humana-Paredes & Brandie Wilkerson were the first duo to secure their spot in the women’s quarterfinals after also sweeping both their games.

Watch all matches at the Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16 event live on VBTV.

Opening court 2 for action in the early morning, Cannon & Sponcil, seeded bottom 16th, engaged in a Pool A battle with fellow Americans Kristen Nuss & Taryn Kloth and battled their way to a 2-0 (21-17, 22-20) victory with a 23-point contribution from Sponcil.

In the second leg of pool play, Cannon & Sponcil repeated their result from the first match and managed a 2-0 (21-17, 22-20) shutout of Anastasija & Tina. At the same time, Duda & Ana Patricia bounced back from losing the first set to Nuss & Kloth and saved their chances of advancing to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-7) comeback victory. Ana Patricia hammered out as many as 33 points against 27 from Kloth.

Taryun Kloth USA digs

In Pool D, 13th-seeded Melissa & Brandie started their day with a 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) shutout of fifth-seeded Nina Brunner & Tanja Huberli of Switzerland. Brandie was the best scorer of the match with 20 points, including three aces and three blocks. In the afternoon, the Canadians disappointed the home crowd with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) sweep of their game against Czechia’s Barbora Hermannova & Marie-Sara Stochlova to secure a top-two finish in the pool after the last leg on Friday.

Straight-set matches marked the first leg in Pool C. USA’s Sara Hughes & Kelly Cheng found no match in the world’s number three team Barbara Seixas & Carol Solberg of Brazil, who had to make their way to the main draw through Wednesday’s qualifiers. The Americans dominated the game to master a 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) sweep with a 21-point match high from Cheng. At the same time, at centre court, Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalists Taliqua Clancy & Mariafe Artacho Del Solar of Australia, seeded third, hammered out a 2-0 (21-14, 21-18) shutout of Americans Betsi Flint & Julia Scoles.

Women’s pool play resumes on Friday morning at 08:30 local time (06:30 UTC).

In men, Germans Clemens Wickler & Nils Ehlers started with a win, a 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-6) comeback against American qualifiers Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh. The Americans then bounced back with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) sweep of their meeting with the Chilean cousins Grimalt  with a 24-point tally from Partain.

USA’s Trevor Crabb & Theodore Brunner bounced back from their loss to French Youssef Krou & Arnaud Gauthier-Rat 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) with a 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-11) comeback victory over Brazilians Pedro Solberg & Guto, as Brunner hammered out 29 points, including seven blocks and two aces.

Men’s pool play resumes on Friday morning at 10:10 local time (08:10 UTC).

VW Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16: schedule and results

Three American teams and one from Canada on way to Ostrava Elite16 main draw

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, May 31, 2023.- American men duos of Trevor Crabb & Theodore Brunner and Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh, USA’s Terese Cannon & Sarah Sponcil and Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes & Brandie Wilkerson in women, earned a spot in the main draw at the 2023 Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16 event in Ostrava that got underway on Wednesday with the qualification brackets.

· Watch all matches at the Beach Pro Tour Ostrava Elite16 event live on VBTV.

Cannon & Sponcil were the first team to qualify for Thursday’s main draw. After a 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) shutout of China’s Xinxin Wang & Lingdi Zhu, the Americans then faced Lithuania’s Monika Paulikiene and Aine Raupelyte, and despite the opponents’ driven performance in the first set, produced a 2-0 (22-20, 21-10) shutout.

Qualification bracket seeding leaders Melissa & Brandie were merciless in both of their matches, first cruising to a 2-0 (21-2, 21-7) blowout of Czechia’s Anna Pavelkova & Katerina Pavelkova, then hammering out a 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) sweep of Switzerland’s Esmee Bobner & Zoe Verge-Depre, to book the last vacancy in the 16-team women’s main draw.

Brandie Wilkerson of Canada receiving

In men, Crabb & Brunner had to deal with a match against compatriots, but in the first round, when they claimed a 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) win over fellow Americans Chaim Schalk & Tri Bourne. Their second match offered a fierce three-set battle with Austria’s Robin Seidl & Moritz Pristauz, in which Crabb & Brunner came back from a set down to squeeze out a narrow 2-1 (24-26, 21-18, 18-16) victory.

Partain & Benesh followed a similar path through the qualifier grind. First, they knocked out French hopefuls Arthur Canet & Teo Rotar with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) sweep, but then they had to battle back from a set down against Estonia’s Kusti Nolvak & Mart Tiisaar to stop the clocks deep into the tie-breaker overtime at a 2-1 (15-21, 21-11, 19-17) victory.

Main draw action on Thursday starts at 08:30 local time (06:30 UTC) with women’s pool play, as reigning world champions Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) & Ana Patricia Ramos of Brazil take on reigning European champions Anastasija Samoilova & Tina Graudina of Latvia at centre court, while Cannon & Sponcil engage in an all-American duel with Taryn Kloth & Kristen Nuss on court 2.

Teams from NORCECA who entered the women’s main draw from the beginning are all from USA: Sara Hughes/Kelly Cheng, Kristen Nuss/Taryn Kloth, Julia Scoles/Betsi Flint.

Two Norceca Beach Volleyball events land in Punta Cana

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 30, 2023 – Two NORCECA Beach Volleyball events land in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic running from June 1-9.

The Under-23 NORCECA Tournament will be taking place from June 1 to 5 with 12 countries competing for ranking points as part of the qualification system for age-group international events: Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The Under 23 event is the new beach volleyball circuit that the NORCECA Confederation has created for athletes to earn ranking points for this age-group.

Amos Anglade, member of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Commission said, “we are pleased with this new circuit because each team will be taking their position on their own and not like in the past when the senior ranking was used to distribute teams at a regional, continental and world level”.

NORCECA president Cristobal Marte  Hoffiz and all beach volleyball lovers are enthusiastic about our Confederations new initiative.

In addition to earning ranking points, the circuit will benefit the players to compete in major events with more experience, which in the future contributes to improving the level of competition at the senior beach tour.

The second event from June 6-9 is the qualifying tournament to the Tlaxcala 2023 FIVB World Championship. Thirteen countries have confirmed to compete: Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia.

The World Championship qualifier event grants 4 slots per gender to be in Tlaxcala from October 6-15.

Virgen and Sarabia dethrone Urrutia/Satterfield at Cayman Islands

SEVEN MILES BEACH, Cayman Islands (May 21, 2023) – Juan Virgen alongside Miguel Sarabia of Mexico won the third phase of the Norceca Tour in Cayman Islands defeating Jake Urrutia and Ian Sutterfield of the United States.

The Mexican duo beat last year’s champions here in Cayman Islands Jake Urrutia – Ian Satterfield 2-0 (21-15, 21-16). They dominated the first set without a problem, but in the second set they came back from a disadvantage.

Olympian Juan Virgen has several titles in different Norceca events, he has been one of the few players that keeps competing in the tour, although he is active in FIVB events.

Americans, Jake Urrutia / Ian Satterfield reached the final, dominating Guatemala’s Andy Leonardo / Luis Garcia without complications 21-19, 21-10.

Miguel Sarabia (1) and Juan Virgen (2) of Mexico win their first Norceca title as a team

The Mexican semifinal could not be completed when Gabriel Cruz was injured and wasn’t able to continue playing with Jorge Barajas. Therefore, Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia advanced to the championship match.

Third place went to the Guatemalans Leonardo/Garcia.

Mens Semifinals – Urrutia / Satterfield (USA) d. Blanco / García (GUA) (21-19, 21-10); Sarabia / Virgen (MEX) d. Barajas / Cruz (MEX) (injury); 11th place – Kwasny / Rodriguez (ISV) d. Hodge / Seabrooke (SKN) (24-26, 21-17, 15-13); 9th place – Kemp / Gannett (CAN) d. Cascante / Lopez (NCA) (21-17, 21-15); 7th place – Flores / Guatemala (ESA) d. Macneill / Russell (CAN) (forfeit);  5th place – Kolinske / Smith (USA) d. Williams / Whitfield (TTO) (21-10, 21-10); 3rd place – Blanco / Garcia (GUA) d. Barajas / Cruz (MEX) (injury); Championship Match – Virgen / Sarabia (MEX) d. Urrutia / Satterfield (USA) ( 21-15, 21-16)

Alanis Navas/Maria Gonzalez conquer Cayman Islands

SEVEN MILES BEACH, Cayman Islands (May 21, 2023) – The duo of Alanis Navas and Maria Gonzalez from Puerto Rico won their second title in the history of the NORCECA Tour after conquering Caiman Islands.

The Puerto Ricans defeated Natalia Giron / Estefanie Bethancourt of Guatemala in the title match in straight sets 21-14, 21-15.

Girón / Bethancourt become the second team from Guatemala to reach the final, Susana Alvarado alongside Lula Ramírez finished second in 2012.

Navas and Gonzalez add their second continental title, their first was in 2022 at Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. It is the third occasion that Puerto Rico wins at Seven Miles Beach previously Yarleen Santiago / Dariam Acevedo won in 2010 and 2011.

María González of Puerto Rico spikes

In the match for third place Ruby Sorra / Lea Monkhouse of Canada defeated Cubans Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armenteros in two sets (21-19, 21-18).

The final day began with the semifinal matches, with Natalia Giron / Estefanie Bethancourt of Guatemala reaching the country’s second final after defeating Yenifer Rivera / Amanda Armenteros of Cuba (21-17, 21-14).

In the other semifinal, Alanis Navas / Maria Gonzalez of Puerto Rico had to battle three sets to defeat Canadians Ruby Sorra / Lea Monkhouse (19-21, 21-15, 18-16).

Womens Semifinals – Navas / González (PUR) d. Sorra / Monkhouse (CAN) (19-21, 21-15, 18-16);  Giron / Bethancourt (GUA) d. Rivera / Amanda (CUB) (21-17, 21-14); 11th place – López / Silva (NCA) d. Thompson / Gandolfi 9caY) (21-17, 21-17); 9th place – Albarran / Torres (MEX) d. Corah / Goodman (CAN) (15-23, 21-12); 7th place – Kelly Smith (JAM) d. Gutierrez / Flores (MEX) (injury); 5th place – Chacon / DeBerg (USA) d. Soler / Molina (ESA) (21-12, 21-9); 3rd place – Sorra / Monkhouse (CAN) d. Rivera / Amanda (CUB) (21-19, 21-18); Championship Match – Navas / González (PUR) d. Giron / Bethancourt (GUA) (21-14, 21-15)

Semifinal in Cayman Islands is a repeat of the 2022 Final

SEVEN MILES BEACH, Cayman Islands (May 20, 2023) – The men’s semifinal of the Cayman Islands NORCECA Tour will feature a repeat of the 2022 final between United and Guatemala; the other semifinal is between the two Mexican pairs.

Jake Urrutia / Ian Satterfield of the United States will face Andy Leonardo / Luis Garcia of Guatemala, both pairs staged in this same arena the 2022 final, won by Urrutia and Satterfield. The Americans reached the semi-final after defeating Trinidad & Tobago, Daneil Williams / Fabien Whittfield (25-23, 21-16).

For their part, the Guatemalans overcame Canadians, Russell Macneil / Jake Macneil, in three sets (16-21, 24-21, 15-12).

Luis García of Guatemala against Canada’s block

The other semifinal will be between Mexicans. After their quarterfinal victory, Jorge Barajas / Gabriel Cruz over William Kolinske / Hagan Smith of the United States 18-21, 21-17, 16-14. Meanwhile, veteran Juan Virgen alongside Miguel Sarabia defeated Franklin Flores / Armando Guatemala of El Salvador 21-8, 21-19.

The semifinals are scheduled for 10:30 AM (local time), the championship match will be played later in the afternoon.

Mens Quarter Finals – Blanco / Garcia (GUA) d. Macneal / Russell (CAN) (12-21, 23-21, 15-12); Barajas / Cruz (MEX) d. Flores / Guatemala (ESA) (21-9, 21-10); Urrutia / Satterfields (USA) d. Williams / Whitfield (TTO) (25-23, 21-16).

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