USA women duos advance in Cayman Islands

SEVEN MILE BEACH, Grand Cayman, October 29, 2022.- Alexis Durish/Hailey Hamlett and Ella Connor/Piper Ferch of United States dominated their pools to advance in the women’s field of the first stage of the NORCECA U23 Beach Volleyball Tour.

Alexis Durish and Hailey Hamlett won pool A easily defeating Deajra Tulloch and Chlouie Gaetos of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-7, 21-8) but then battled strong to beat the Canadian duo of Ruby Sorra and Kaylee Glagau 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 15-9).

In pool B, Ella Connor and Piper Ferch got three wins starting with a 2-0 (21-5, 21-12) victory over Anjia Delapenha/Lucie Finlason and a 2-0 (21-8, 21-11) against Brianna Delapenha/Joanna Robinson, both teams of Cayman Islands; followed by a 2-0 (21-12, 21-11) win to Britney Choon and Tsyan Selvon of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ella Connor and Piper Ferch earned a bye into semifinals, while Alexis Durish and Hailey Hamlett will face the local team of Brianna Delapenha/Joanna Robinson in quarterfinals.

Canadians Ruby Sorra and Kaylee Glagau beat Deajra Tulloch/Chlouie Gaetos (CAY) 2-0 (21-9, 21-11) in pool A, while Britney Choon/Tsyan Selvon of Trinidad and Tobago, who lost to Connor/Ferch (USA) in pool B, beat Delapenha/Robinson (CAY) 2-0 (21-18, 21-8) and recovered from falling in the first set to Delapenha/Finlason 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-10). All advancing to quarters.

Sunday’s program starts with quarterfinals between Durish/Hamlett (USA) vs B. Delapenha/J. Robinson (CAY); followed by Choon Selvon (TTO) vs D. Tulloch/C. Gaetos (CAY) and Sorra/Glagau (CAN) vs A. Delapenha/L. Finalson (CAY).