Cuba-2 team win two matches in opening day at Varadero


Varadero, Cuba, June 8, 2012. - The second team of Cuba was the only undefeated duo in the men's long-qualifying day of the sixth stop of NORCECA Circuit of Beach Volleyball, which ended in a persistent rain that cooled the hot and sunny day on Friday.


Yaismel Borrell and Yadrián Escobar got two sets of 21-12 against Domingo Ávila and Edward Díaz, of Panama, playing for the first time in the history of the competition to the delight of the confederation.


Then they beat the Guatemalan Andy Blanco-Erick Garrido 21-15 and 21-16, although the latter followed winning a tough battle with Hondurans Jesus Oliva-Manuel Serrano 24-26, 21-14 and 15-11.


Other duos who finished the day with 1-1 were Canada 1 (Nicholas Del Bianco / Benjamin Chow), El Salvador (Carlos Leiva / David Vargas) and Virgin Islands (Marc Lomeli / Anthony Pippen).


Del Bianco and Chow opened the men program with a defeat to Villegas brothers, Gilberto and Alexander, Costa Rica 2, in two identical sets of 21-17, but they took revenge against Cayman Islands 21-15 and 21-14.


Meanwhile, the Salvadoran Carlos Leiva and David Vargas succumbed to Canada 2 (Cameron Wheelan / William Sidgwick) in a game that finished 21-17 and 21-14, and also saved the honor in his second start on the arena by downing the most low level of the pair of San Martin (Christophe Covini / Alain Pansiot), which won 21-8 and 21-11.


The Virgin Islands (Marc Lomeli / Anthony Pippen) were dominated by Aruba 1 (Daniel Alexander / Eargenell De Cuba) 21-17, 18-21 and 15-10, but retaliated against their second adversary team to win 21-23, 21-16 and 15-9, and sent them out of competition as happened to Honduras, Panama, Cayman Islands and St. Martin, as the system in this sex is by double elimination.


Men’s results on Friday: CRC-2 d CAN-1 (21-17, 21-17), CUB-2 d. PAN (21-12, 21-12), CRC-1 d. CAY (21-15, 21-15), LCA d FSM (21-11, 17-21, 15-11), CUB-1 d. ARU-2 (21-9, 21-10), ARU-1 d. ISV (21-17, 18-21, 15-10), CAN-2 d. ESA (21-17, 21-14), CAN-1 d. PAN (21-14, 21-16), NCA d. HON (21-9, 25-23), CUB-2 d. GUA (21-15, 21-16), ISV d. ARU-2 (21-23, 21-16, 15-9), CAN-1 d. CAY (21-15, 21-14), ESA d. FSM (21-8, 21-11), GUA d. HON (24-26, 21-14, 15-11).