Men’s favorites are in Varadero Semifinals
VARADERO, Cuba, April 28, 2018 – Teams from USA, Canada and
Cuba, among the top favorites of the third stage of the NORCECA
Circuit in Varadero, advanced to the semifinals of the
competition being held at the international tourist destination
for eight years now, including the home favorites Nivaldo Diaz
and Sergio Gonzalez, three-time defending champions.
The duo who finished fifth at the 2016 Olympics are in their
first presentation in the circuit this year while taking part in
the world tour and despite showing a solid game they will have
tough opponents in the semifinals against Canadians Michael
Plantinga and Aaron Nusbaum, winners of the stage in
Aguascalientes in the opening event of the season.
The Canadians finished fourth in La Paz, Baja California Sur,
but like the home side did not have difficulties in winning
their respective pools as well as the quarterfinals against
rivals of lesser technical and competitive level.
To secure their spot in the semifinals, Plantinga and Nusbaum
beat Andy Leonardo y Erick Garrido (GUA) 2-0 (21-13,
21-15), while Díaz and González downed Rubén Mora/Dany Lopez (NCA)
2-0 (21-12, 21-17).
In the other semifinals the USA teams, Chase Frishman/ James
Avery Drost (USA-A) and Reid Priddy/Troy Field (USA-B), will
face each other after the first clash of the men’s matches with
all the program in schedule to be transmitted via the sport
channel of Telerebelde.
Priddy/Field, silver medalists in the two previous phases,
finished the dreams of Daisel Quesada y Karell/Peña (CUB-B) 2-1
(21-14, 18-21, 15-10), co-owners since 2017 of a NORCECA
Circuit record of three consecutive titles, who began their
season with a fifth place in Aguascalientes after falling to
Plantinga and Nusbaum in quarterfinals.
On the other hand, Frishman and Drost used their rhythm and
superiority to beat Castillo and Jeambatis (DOM) 2-0 (21-13,
Completion of Pools (Saturday):
Pool A: Nivaldo/González
(CUB-A) d Tato/Pepe (ESA) 2-0 (21-13, 21-15); Leonardo/Garrido (GUA)
d Giandro/Daal (CUR-A) 2-0 (21-9, 21-5); Nivaldo/González (CUB-A)
d Leonardo/Garrido (GUA) 2-0 (21-15, 21-12); Tato/Pepe (ESA) d
Flores/Menjivar (HON) 2-1 (10-21, 21-18, 15-5).
Pool B: Plantinga/Nusbaum
(CAN) d Seabrookes/Percival (SKN) 2-0 (21-17, 21-6); Mora/López
(NCA) d Gibi/Anthony (CUR-A) 2-0 (21-13, 21-11); Plantinga/Nusbaum
(CAN) d Mora/López (NCA) 2-0 (21-15, 22-20); Ribas/Quiñones (PUR)
d Seabrookes/Percival (SKN) 2-0 (21-14, 21-12).
Pool C: Castillo/Jeambatis
(DOM) Santamaria/Parham (CAY-A) 2-0 (21-4, 21-12); Peter/Rosa (ISV)
d Ebanks/Dack (CAY-B) forfeit; Quesada/Peña (CUB-B) d
Santamaria/Parham (CAY-A) 2-0 (21-4, 21-13); Castillo/Jeambatis
(DOM) d Peter/Rosa (ISV) 2-0 (21-4, 21-14).
Pool D: Priddy/Field
(USA-B) d Cuello/Cuesto Murillo (COL) 2-0 (21-19,
21-19) ; Reyes/Chichi (CUB-C) d Hitchman/Ferguson
(JAM) 2-0 (21-7, 21-9); Frishman/Drost (USA-A) d Cuello/Cuesto
Murillo (COL) 2-0 (21-13, 21-15); Priddy/Field (USA-B) d
Reyes/Chichi (CUB-C) 2-1 (21-17, 15-21, 15-12).
Losers Play Off: Hitchman/Ferguson
(JAM) d Flores/Menjivar (HON) 2-1 (21-12, 17-21, 16-14);
Seabrookes/Percival (SKN) d Peter/Rosa (ISV) 2-0 forfeit;
Giandro/Daal (CUR-A) Cuello/Cuesto Murillo (COL) 2-0 forfeit;
Santamaria/Parham (CAY-B) d Gibi/Anthony (CUR-B)
forfeit; Reyes/Chichi (CUB-C) d Tato/Pepe (ESA) 2-0 (21-10,
21-12); Ribas/Quiñones (PUR) Ebanks/Dack (CAY-A) 2-0 (21-10,
(CUB-A) d Mora/López (NCA) 2-0 (21-12, 21-17); Frishman/Drost
(USA-A) d Castillo/Jeambatis (DOM) 2-0 (21-13, 21-15); Priddy/Field
(USA-B) d Quesada/Peña (CUB-B) 2-1 (21-14, 18-21, 15-10) ;
Plantinga/Nusbaum (CAN) d Leonardo/Garrido (GUA) 2-0 (21-13,