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Echeverría and Martínez grab two victories at La Paz


LA PAZ, Mexico, April 7, 2017 – Cubans Lidiannis Echeverría and Leila Martinez won their two matches of day one at the La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament including one over the top-seeded Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson.


Echeverría and Martínez, who won a silver medal as a team in Varadero in 2015, opened Friday with a morning victory 2-0 (21-7, 21-14) victory Costa Ricans Marcela Araya and Valeria Valenciano in just 27 minutes.


The Cuban duo returned into action in the afternoon session to outduel Bansley and Wilkerson 2-1 (21-18, 22-24, 17-15) in 53 minutes.


The two victories granted the Cubans the top place in Pool A while Bansley and Wilkerson will meet Araya and Valenciano for second place in the group on Saturday.


In Pool B, American Besti Flint and Kelly Larsen of United States-B defeated Ana Rios and Zaira Orellana of Mexico-B 2-0 (21-9, 21-6) and Taylor Pischke and Kristina May of Canada-B swept Rios/Orellana 2-0 (21-13, 21-10).


In Pool C, Ana Rios and Xitlali Herrera od Mexico-A subdued Nicaragua’s Swan Mendoza and Lolette Rodriguez 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) and Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day of United States-A beat Mendoza/Rodriguez 2-0 (21-11, 21-11).


Women’s Friday Results


Pool A: CUB d CRC 2-0 (21-7 21-14), CUB d CAN-A 2-1 (18-21 22-24 15-17), Pool B: USA d MEX-B 2-0 (21-9 21-6), CAN-B d MEX-B 2-0 (21-13 21-10), Pool C: MEX-A d (21-11 21-16), USA-A d NCA 2-0 (21-11 21-11).