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Local men’s pair of Simon Blake and
Daneil Williams had a tough opening day
to start the seventh leg of the Norceca
Beach Volleyball Circuit at the Porta del
Sol Beach Volleyball Tournament at
Boqueron, Puerto Rico on Friday.
Following last week’s winless effort by
another Toco-born duo of Colin Bernard
and Fabien Whitfield in Mazatlan, Mex-
ico, Blake and Williams were hopeful of
at least advancing to the main draw
However, competing in a very tough
four-team Pool D of the 14-team tourna-
ment, the T&T boys were beaten by Cana-
da-B duo, Josh Binstock and Samuel
Schachter 19-21, 8-21 and also went under
to Puerto Rico-B pairing, Victor Rivera
and Erik Haddock, 18-21, 18-21 ahead of
their final round-robin pool match versus
fellow winless duo, USA-1’s Nicolas Lucena
and Theodore Brunner.
With both teams ending the first day
with a 0-2 record, they stood no chance
of qualifying to the main draw knockout
and were to play for ninth to 14th spot
while the teams of Canada-B and Puerto
Rico-B both qualified ahead of their group
Another Puerto Rican pair to advance
was Roberto Rodriguez and Hector Soto
of Puerto Rico-A, who won their two
matches on Friday to secure the top place
in Pool A.
Rodriguez/Soto won 21-13, 21-11 over
Erick Garrido and Luis Garcia of Guatemala
and then triumphed 21-17, 21-17 against
The Surfing Association of T&T (SATT) will hold
its National Surf Championships, the longest run-
ning local surfing competition, in Salybia, Toco,
next weekend (September 28-29).
The event typically attracts T&T’s elite surfers
vying for the title of national champion in several
divisions. Individual points are also awarded to surfers
for national team selection in various surfing events.
The event will see competitors in ten divisions:
the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Boy’s Under-18,
Girl’s U-18, U-12, Masters (Over-35), Kahunas (Over-
45), Longboard, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and Body-
Over 80 entries are expected for the event.
Mitchel Daniel and Eargenel De Cuba of Aruba-A.
The Canada-A team of Grant O’Gorman and
Sam Pedlow also claimed a pair of wins in Pool C
over Derek Olson and Kevin McColloch of USA-
B 21-15, 21-14 before crushing Fransua Angela and
Gino Hodge of Aruba-B, 21-8, 21-8.
In their only outing yesterday, Lombardo
Ontiveros and Juan Virgen of Mexico, winners of
four tournaments this year, stormed past Curacao’s
Dewin Colina and Giandro Tokaay 21-8, 21-11.
Last weekend, the T&T team on Whitfield and
Bernard were 15th out of 16 teams in Mazatlan,
Mexico after failing to win any of their four matches,
while the local women’s team of Elki Phillip and
Pauline Woodroffe, were 12th of 13 teams with a
The other local women’s team of Ayanna Dyette
and Nancy Joseph, twice fourth placed finishers
on the tour last year were still in medal contention
at the end of the Friday’s first day of competition
in their four-team Pool C round-robin series.
Dyette and Joseph were beaten by USA-1’s Kirby
Burham and Lane Carico, 9-21, 12-21 but rebounded
to outclass Hondurans, Sara Pino and Martha Kerube
Euceda, 21-12, 21-14 to end the first day with a 1-
1 record, the same as Puerto Rico-3 players, Valeria
Cajigas and Yamiana Ramos, whom they faced in
a battle for second spot in their final match yesterday
and with it, a spot in the main draw knockout.
The two teams representing Canada in the
women’s division, Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh
(Canada-A) and Kerri Smit and Victoria Cowley
(Canada-B) came out undefeated in the first day
The remainder of the tour for this season will
feature stops in San Diego, USA (October 2-7), St
Lucia (October 9-14), Costa Rica (October 30 to
November 4) and T&T, from November 13-18.
In Puerto Rico, the matches will be played at
the Central American and Caribbean Stadium, the
same site where the championship of the 2010
Mayaguez Games took place.
Twelve (12) selected matches of the event, includ-
ing those for the medals, will be exclusively tele-
casted via DirectTV, channel 161.
Puerto Rico will be represented by the teams of
Rodriguez/Soto and Rivera/Haddock among the
men while Dariam Acevedo and Vanessa Velex and
Eva Torruella and Lina Bernier will do it in the
Rodriguez and Soto took home the bronze medal
at the Mazatlan Beach Volleyball Tournament that
concluded last Sunday in Mexico with victories for
the local teams of Juan Virgen and Lombardo
Ontiveros (men) and Bibi Candelas and Martha
Revuelta (women), both of whom will participate
in Puerto Rico as well.
Fifteen (15) men’s pairs and 13 women’s duets
have registered thus far to take part in the com-
petition, including the champions of Mazatlan. The
teams will be divided into pools for a qualification
round and the top pairs will advance to a single-
champs next weekend
Blake, Williams out Puerto Rico main draw
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