Big tensions with women’s competitive event
VARADERO, Cuba, April 27, 2018 – The rivalry between several
duos competing at the third phase of the NORCECA Circuit
promises high tensions, especially between the teams
representing Cuba, United States, Canada and Mexico.
The home and top seeded team of Leila Martinez and Maylen Delis
cruised through day one by defeating Hondurans Brady/Hynds 2-0
(21-5, 21-10) and the Canada-B team of Dunn-Suen/Tresham by
identical 21-10 sets in Pool A.
That was the way Leila celebrated her 24th birthday
with the enthusiasm of wanting to escalate the podium as in
Aguascalientes where she won the silver with her new partner and
despite the fact that she needs to multiply efforts as she is
finishing her medical doctor career and also playednthis year in
the world tour.
Meanwhile, their nemesis at the Mexican sands, Mackenzie Ponnet
and Kimberly Smith (USA-B) also won their matches in Pool D as
also did the champions at La Paz Mexicans Zaira Orellana and
Martha Revuelta, who is back with renovated strengths after two
and a half years away from the competitions.
She also can dream of a repeat of the final at the Central
American and Caribbean Games 2014 when the Cuban –playing with
Lianma Flores- won the gold.
But in this phase they can’t be over confident against the
Canadians as Lapointe and Sider were successful in their two
outings in Pool C and also the Puerto Ricans Allanis and Maria
in Pool B as Puerto Rico makes a come back to the competitions.
They have to be even more carefully against the undefeated Dowdy
and Pollock of USA-B with two wins in Pool B and the local
youngsters Arlin and Yanisleidis.
Women’s Friday results:
Pool A: Leila/Maylen
(CUB-A) d Brady/Hynds (HON) 2-0 (21-5,
Dunn-Suen/Tresham (CAN-B) d Alvarado/Juárez (GUA) 2-0 (21-13,
21-11); Leila/Maylen (CUB-A) d Dunn-Suen/Tresham (CAN-B) 2-0
(21-10, 21-10); Joseph/Chase (TTO) d Brady/Hynds (HON) 2-1 (21-15,
15-21, 15-13); Alvarado/Juarez
(GUA) d Joseph/Chase (TTO) 2-0 (21-14, 21-16); Dunn-Suen/Tresham
(CAN-B) d Brady/Hynds (HON) 2-1 (15-21, 21-11, 15-8)
Pool B: Navas/González
(PUR) d Miller/Berroa (DOM) 2-0 (21-11, 21-15); Dowdy/Pollock
(USA-A) d Navas/González (PUR) 2-0 (21-10, 21-12); Arlin/Sánchez
(CUB-B) d Miller/Berroa (DOM) 2-0 (21-9,
Pool C: Thalia/Amanda
(CUB-C) d Mendoza/Lolette (NCA) 2-0 (24-22, 21-19); Lapointe/Sider
(CAN-A) Thalia/Amanda (CUB-C) 2-0 (21-10, 21-17); Mendoza/Lolette
(NCA) d Gandolfi/Powery (CAY) 2-0 (21-10, 21-14).
Pool D: Ponnet/Smith
(USA-B) d Wright/Wallen (JAM) 2-0 (21-18, 21-13); Orellana/Revuelta
(MEX) d Wright/Wallen (JAM) 2-0 (21-12, 21-15); Ponnet/Smith
(USA-B) d Charles/Bennett (ISV) 2-0 (21-10, 21-7).
Women’s Teams by Ranking:
1- Leila Martínez/Maylen Delis (CUB-A); 2- Amanda Dowdy/Irene
Pollock (USA-A); 3- Marie-Christine Lapointe/Charlotte Sider
(CAN-A); 4- Zaira Orellana/ Martha Revuelta (MEX); 5-
Mackenzie Ponnet/Kimberly Smith (USA-B); 6- Valeria Mendoza/Lolette
Rodríguez (NCA); 7- Yaniris Miller/Alondra Berroa (DOM); 8-
Paola Alvarado/Fernanda Juarez (GUA); 9-La-Teisha Joseph/ Suraya
Chase (TTO); 10- Arlin Hechavarría/ Yanisleidis Sánchez (CUB-B);
11- Stefanía Gandolfi/ Ilean Powery (CAY); 12-Mannika Charles/Amber
Bennett (ISV); 13- Kai Wright/Sashalee Wallen (JAM); 14- Thalia
Enamorado/Amanda Armenteros (CUB-C); 15-Allanis Navas/María
Gonzalez (PUR); 16- Anna Dunn-Suen/Becky Tresham (CAN-B); 17-
Marissa Gisselle Brady/Damara Hynds (HON).