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.

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 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.