Dominicans Martinez and De Jesus advance to semifinals in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, October 1, 2022.- Oscar Jose Martinez and Francisco De Jesus of Dominican Republic advanced to the Men’s semifinals of the fourth stop of the 2022 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour of Punta Cana in a comeback win over Franklyn Flores and Armando Guatemala of El Salvador 2-1 (18-21, 21-10, 15-12).

Martinez and De Jesus will go up against Timothy Brewster and Kyle Friend of the United States in Sunday’s semifinals, who downed Mexicans Jorge Barajas and Ricardo Galindo 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) in the quarterfinal round.  

In the other semifinal, Cuban duo of Noslen Díaz and Jorge Luis Alayo will meet Canadians Jake MacNeil and William Russell.

Díaz and Alayo advanced without difficulties defeating Sheldon Descartes and Joseph Clercent of St. Lucia 2-0 (21-11, 21-5), while MacNeil and Russell prevailed 2-0 (21-12, 21-11) against Guatemalan duo Andy Leonardo Blanco and Luis García.

The final four pairs had reached the quarterfinals winning their pools on the first day of the event.

Earlier on Saturday, to advance into quarterfinals, Sheldon Descartes and Joseph Clercent of St. Lucia beat Adrian/Josiah of Antigua and Barbuda 2-0 (21-11, 21-19) and Guatemalan Andy Blanco alongside Luis García took a 2-0 (21-0, 21-1) win against Hawkins/Simmons of Turks and Caicos.

While Jorge Barajas and Galindo of Mexico defeated Daniel Dyner and Bryan Monge of Costa Rica 2-0 (21-17, 21-13); and Franklyn Flores with Armando Guatemala of El Salvador overpowered Morales Monsalve/Tubben of Bonaire 2-0 (21-6, 21-6).