Six teams secure men´s quarterfinals spot in Bonaire


KRALENDIJK, Bonaire, September 26, 2019 - USA-A and USA-B were among six teams to secure their spots in the men´s main draw quarterfinals after the opening day of the Seventh Leg of the 2019 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Circuit in sweltering heat on Thursday.


In Pool A, USA-A´s Kyle Friend and Travis Mewhirter opened up the day´s activities with a tense come-from-behind 10-21, 21-17, 15-12 triumph over top seeded Mexicans, Jose Luis Rubio and Josue Gaston Gaxiola before they closed out the night with a 21-16, 21-16 victory against United States Virgin Islands´ Brian Kwasny and Gabriel Ospina Rodriguez for a perfect 2-0 record in their three-team round-robin pool.


On Saturday, Mexico and US Virgin Islands will meet in their final round-match with the winner sure of joining USA-A as qualifiers from the group.


In Pool B which also comprises three teams, Nicaraguans Ruben Alejandro Mora and Antonio Dany Lopez beat Angela Fransua and Eddy Toro Maldonado of Aruba, 21-16, 21-15 while Franklin Flores and David Vargas of El Salvador also won against  Fransua and Maldonado Aruba 21-4, 21-14 to earn top two finishes to qualify for the top eight ahead of their meeting on Saturday to determine the pool winners.


It was the same scenario in Pool C as Trinidad &Tobago´s Daneil Williams and Marlon Phillip advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to their 21-7, 21-0 triumph against host duo, Percy Prudencia and Bjorn Saragoza while St Kitts and Nevis duo, St Clair Hodge and Shawn Seabrooks whom they meet for the top spot in the pool on Thursday from 9.30 am, swept past Prudencia and Saragoza 21-3, 21-5 in their encounter.


And in Pool D, USA-B combination of Kristopher Johnson and Christopher Austin recorded victories over Canada´s Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Ivan Reka 21-19, 17-21, 15-12 and Bonaire´s Luiyi Morales Monsalve and Davidlee Winklaar 21-5, 21-4 to end with a 2-0 record ahead of their final pool match versus Curacao´s Ernaldo Mota and Jurcham Meulens.


Curacao and Canada have a similar 1-1 record and are in direct battle for the second qualifying spot from Pool D. First serve on Saturday in the men is from 8 am.


Overall, there are 13 teams competing in the men’s tournament in four groups at the end of which the top two in each group will qualify to the main draw knockout for positions first to eighth while the other teams will compete for places ninth to 13th.


Due to the humid conditions there will be break intermissions of about four hours from 12 noon to 4 pm on each day, a decision which was agreed upon by the host country and the Control Committee headed by Tournament Director, Daymian Stewart.


Thursday’s Men Results

Pool A: USA-A d MEX 2-1 (20-21, 21-17, 15-12), USA-A d ISV 2-0 (21-16, 21-16)
Pool B:
ESA d ARU 2-0 (21-4, 21-14), NCA d ARU 2-0 (21-16, 21-15).
Pool C:
SKN d BON-B 2-0 (21-3, 21-5), TTO d BON-B 2-0 (21-7, 21-0).
Pool D:
USA-B d CAN 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-12), CUR d BON-A 2-0 (21-7, 21-13), CAN d CUR 2-0 (21-10, 21-8), USA-B d BON-A 2-0 (21-5, 21-4).