Puerto Rico and Cuba dominate semifinals in Varadero
VARADERO, Cuba, August 27, 2011.- Puerto Rico and Cuba are the
only two countries represented in the semifinals but both will
see their pairs facing each other in the battle to advance to
the women’s gold medal match, in the fifth stop of the NORCECA
Beach Volleyball Circuit which conclude on Sunday at Melia Las
Americas Hotel of Varadero, 140 kilometers to the east of
Puerto Ricans Yarleen Santiago-Darian Acevedo, the champions of
the previous season, played the best match of the tournament so
far by overcoming a 10-13 deficit to defeat the Cuba’s number 1
team of Nirian Sinal-Ion Canet (21-16, 19-21, 15-13) and thus
winning pool C with a perfect record they maintained with a
21-18, 21-6 victory over Mexico in their next match.
On Sunday, they will have to face compatriots Yamileska Yantín-Tatiana
Encarnación, owners of pool B with 3-0 mark in this leg after a
victory over Nicaragua in the quarterfinals.
Simultaneously in other court will clash the Cuban pair of
Nirian-Ion, with three victories and one loss, with Onayamí and
Kirenia Ballard, winners of pool A by defeating Nicaragua and
Jamaica in the next stage.
These two crucial matches will start in the morning at 11:00.
The losers will go for bronze and the winners will vie for the
title which means that the two top teams of Puerto Rico and
Cuba, the most attractive teams of this stop televised live to
more than 50 countries by Cubavision, will likely see each other
Cuba 2 d. Nicaragua (21-14, 21-9) and México d Trinidad y
Tobago (21-14, 21-12).
Cuba 2 (Onayamí Sinal-Kirenia Ballard), 3-0; México (Vanessa
Virgen-Marta Revueltas) 2-1, Nicaragua (Elia Torrez-Swan
Mendoza) 1-2 and Trinidad & Tobago (Ayana Dyette-Elki Phillip)
Guatemala d. Costa Rica (21-17, 21-17) and Puerto Rico 2 d.
Jamaica (21-12, 21-12).
Puerto Rico 2 (Yamileska Yantín-Tatiana Encarnación) 3-0,
Guatemala (María Orellana-Rut Gómez) 2-1, Jamaica (Cherine
Richards-Cheryl Daley) 1-2 and Costa Rica (Katherine
Quesada-María Moya) 0-3.
Puerto Rico 1 d. Cuba 1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-13) and El Salvador d.
Aruba (21-13, 21-9).
Final positions: Puerto
Rico 1 (Yarleen Santiago-Darian Acevedo) 3-0, Cuba 1 (Nirian
Sinal-Ion Canet) 2-1, El Salvador (Diana Romero-Marcela Ávalos)
1-2 and Aruba (Jackie Toussaint-Juleisy Castillo) 0-3.
(The top two teams of each pool and the two best third places)
Puerto Rico 2 d. Nicaragua (21-10, 21-13), Cuba 2 d. Jamaica
(21-14, 21-12), Cuba 1 d. Guatemala (21-14, 21-11) and Puerto
Rico 1 d. México (21-18, 21-6).
For positions 9-13:
Trinidad y Tobago d El Salvador (21-18, 21-19) and Curazao d.
Costa Rica (21-13, 21-18).
(11:00 a.m. Simultaneously):
Cuba 1 v Cuba 2
Puerto Rico 1 v Puerto Rico 2
For bronze 2:00 p.m. (losers of semifinals)
For gold 4:00 p.m. (winners of semifinals)