Impressive debuts for Cuba, USA and Mexico


CHIAPAS, Mexico, May 13, 2011 – Teams of Cuba, United States and Mexico opened with impressive debuts during the first day of men’s action at Chiapas Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fourth stop of the 2011 NORCECA Circuit.


Cubans Yadrian Escobar and Karel Piña and Americans Eyal Zimet and Russ Marchewka won both of their matches on Friday and will be pitted early Saturday to decide the top place in Pool D.


Escobar/Piña scored a 21-14, 21-11 victory over Honduras’ Walter Sanchez and Mercury Miller and followed with a straight sets win against Francois Fecteau-Allaire and William Sidgwick of Canada-2 by score of 21-12, 21-16.


Zimet/Marchewka defeated Fecteau-Allaire/Sidgwick 21-17, 21-10 and then outclassed Sanchez/Miller 21-14, 21-12.


The pair of Aldo Miramontes and Juan Virgen, representing Mexico-1 defeated Fabien Whitfield and Daniel Williams of Trinidad & Tobago 21-12, 21-16 and will meet Julio Recinos and Erick Garrido of Guatemala for the first place in Pool A. Recinos/Garrido won 21-11, 21-17 over Whitfield/Daniel Williams.


The remaining pool games will be played early Saturday featuring GUA v MEX-1 (Pool A), PUR v NCA (Pool B), DOM v CAN-1 and CAY v MEX-2 (Pool C) and CUB v USA and HON v CAN-2 (Pool D). Friday and early Saturday matches will define pool’s position and the seeds in the single elimination main bracket to be played on Saturday and Sunday.


Friday men’s results


Pool A

GUA d. TRI (21-11, 21-17)

MEX-1 d. TRI (21-12, 21-16)


Pool B

PUR d. NCA (21-12, 21-16)

CRC d. NCA (22-20, 21-16)


Pool C

DOM d. CAY (21-12, 21-13)

CAN-1 d. MEX-2 (21-19, 21-19)

MEX-2 d. DOM (21-18, 21-16)

CAN-1 d. CAY (21-12, 16-21, 18-16)


Pool D

CUB d. HON (21-14, 21-11)

USA d. CAN-2 (21-17, 21-10)

CUB d. CAN-2 (21-12, 21-16)

USA d. HON (21-14, 21-12)