Three champion pairs reach women semifinals
MARACAS BAY, Trinidad, November 30, 2013 - The teams of Heather
Hughes and Lane Carico (USA-A), Marta Revuelta and Bibiana
Candelas (MEX) and Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas (CAN-A), all
winners on the tour so far this season have advanced to the
semifinals of the 11th and final leg of the NORCECA
Beach Volleyball Circuit began on Saturday.
They were joined by (CAN-B) duo Heather Bansley and Caleigh
Whitaker, the latter of whom won the tenth leg women’s gold
medal in Costa Rica a week ago playing with Kacie MacTavish
against Hughes and Carico to deny the latter a fourth win in
In the quarterfinals, Bansley and Whitaker defeated last
weekend’s fourth placed pair, Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro (CRC)
21-13, 21-18 to set up a semifinal meeting with Hughes and
Carico who ousted fellow Americans Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen
21-17, 17-21, 15-11 in a very competitive contest.
Carico is seeking her fourth gold medal of the year and the
third playing with Hughes.
She won with Sarah Hughes in Puerto Rico and the triumphed with
Heather Hughes in Chula Vista (USA) and St. Lucia.
The other semifinal will feature Broder and Valjas, winners of
the first tournament of the season in Cayman Islands against
Revuelta and Candelas, who were champions on home soil in
This after Broder and Valjas stopped Samantha Mann and Dania
Hamilton (LCA) 21-6, 21-14 and Revuelta and Candelas defeated
Dariam Acevedo and Vanessa Velez 21-18, 21-12.
In the morning session, Hughes and Carico (USA-A) won Pool A
with a 3-0 record after beating Mann and Hamilton 21-9, 21-9 in
their four-team pool decider while Broder and Valjas also ended
with a 3-0 mark in Pool B after easing past Nancy Joseph and
Ayana Dyette (TTO-A) 21-10, 21-10.
Revuelta and Candelas topped Pool C also with a 100 per cent
winning record of 3-0 by cruising past Jamie Farley and Laurie
Bachler (ISV) 21-12, 21-12, and in Pool D, Cope and Alfaro (CRC)
battled past Acevedo and Velez 21-17, 21-17 in a clash of
Saturday’s Women Results:
USA-A d LCA (21-9, 21-9); SKN d TRI-B (21-6, 21-8). Pool B:
CAN-B d TRI-A (21-10, 21-10); USA-B d JAM (21-10, 21-11).
Pool C: MEX d CAY (21-12, 21-12); CAN-B d ISV (21-10, 21-5).
Pool D: CRC d PUR (21-17, 21-17); BAR d VIN (21-19,
21-11). Quarterfinals: CAN-A d LCA (21-6, 21-14); CAN-B d
CRC (21-13, 21-18); MEX d PUR (21-18, 21-12); USA-A d USA-B
(21-17, 17-21, 15-11). Semifinals 9-12: BAR d SKN (21-18,
21-13); JAM d CAY (21-18, 21-11).
VIN d TRI-B (21-12, 21-12); TRI-A d ISV (24-22, 21-14).