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Williams, Blake seventh in Boca Chica

Monday, April 1, 2013

Local duo, Daneil Williams and Simon Blake ended in seventh spot from 13 teams on the penultimate day of competition of the second-leg of the 2013 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour, the Boca Chica Presidente Beach Volleyball Tournament, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Saturday. 


This after the Toco-born pairing were beaten in their main draw quarterfinal by Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen, 8–21, 9–21 in 27 minutes.


In the other quarterfinal match-ups, Canada-B players, Christian Redman and Maciej Zbyszewski overwhelmed Dominican Republic-C duo, Luis Rodriguez and Francisco Arredondo, 21–10, 21–12; Canada-A duo, Chaim Schalk and Benjamin Saxton stopped Avery Drost and Will Montgomery of USA-B, 21–18, 21–19 and USA-A, Bradley Keenan and John Mayer ousted Roberto Rodriguez and Erik Haddock of Puerto Rico-A, 21–16, 21–12.


Yesterday, in the semifinals, Redman/Zbyszewski played Virgen/Ontiveros while Keenan/Mayer battled Schalk/Saxton. Earlier on Saturday morning in their final Pool C round-robin match, Blake and Williams were beaten by Schalk and Saxton 10–21, 13–21 to end with a 1–1 record in the three-team group for second spot behind the unbeaten Canadians.


On Friday, Blake and Williams, who were 11th out of 16 men’s teams in the opening tournament of the season, the fifth edition of the Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball Tournament at Seven Miles Beach, Grand Cayman last weekend defeated Dominican Republic-C Alex Medina and Luis Castillo, 21–12, 21–14 in 30 minutes while Schalk and Saxton won over the same pair, 21–5, 21–9, to set up the pool decider, which they eventually won.


Last week in the Cayman Islands, Blake and Williams got off to a losing start in the four-team Pool D round-robin series, 11–21, 14–21 to USA-2 duo, Stafford Slick and Casey Jennings.


However, the T&T pair then battled past Barbadians Kyle Browne and Ronald Rice, 23–21, 21–14, before suffering a 9–21, 17–21 loss to St Lucians, Joseph Clercent and Julian Bissette, in a virtual clash for the second main draw quarterfinal spot in the group behind the Americans.


The T&T men then faced off with Jamaicans, Donovan Richards and Rojey Hutchison in a ninth to 16th playoff encounter which the T&T players won 21–16, 21–14 to set up a tenth place clash with Cayman Islands’ Shervin Rankin and Duncan Hamman, which the latter won, 16–21, 18–21.


In the women’s competition, USA women’s teams both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Boca Chica Beach Volleyball Tournament with 4–0 win-loss records in the preliminary pool play.


Brittany Hochevar and Summer Ross of USA-B claimed the top place of Pool A following victories over Diana Peguero and Nairobi Agramonte of Dominican Republic-A, 21–15, 21–8, and Mexico’s Martha Revuelta and Bibi Candelas, 14-21, 21-10, 15-12. Canada-1, Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas were second in the group with a 3–1 record followed by fellow qualifiers, Maria Orellana and Anna Ramirez of Guatemala (2–2), and Gina Flores and Martha Euceda of Honduras (1–3).


The duo of Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat of USA-B finished first in Pool B also with a 4–0 mark after winning by forfeit against Dominican Republic-A, Diana Peguero and Nairobi Agramonte 21–15, 21–8 and then prevailing over Mexico’s Bibiana Candelas and Marta Revuelta, 14–21, 21–14, 15–12.


Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney of Canada-B won 21–12, 21–7 over Deborah Constanzo and Karla Montilla of Dominican Republic-B and 21–15, 21–8 against fourth placed group finishers Peguero-Agramonte (1–3) to take second with a 3–1 record followed by Candelas/Revuelta (2–2). 


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