Varadero ready for the third phase of NORCECA Beach
VARADERO, Cuba, April 26, 2018 – The majestic Barcelo Solymar
Arenas Blancas Hotel will host the Varadero Beach Volleyball
Tournament for a fourth consecutive year starting on Friday.
Three playing courts plus two warm-up courts are ready to
welcome the players who are scheduled to arrive on Thursday.
Among the locals are men’s defending champions Sergio Gonzalez
and Nivaldo Díaz as well as 2017 women’s runner-up Leila
Martinez accompanied now by Maylen Deliz due to an injury of
This time the event is taking place earlier than the seven
previous editions due to the Central American and Caribbean
Games in Barranquilla between July and August and medal winners
from the past two events in Mexico are expected to play here.
In the men’s field USA’s William Reid Priddy and Troy Field won
the silver medal in Aguascalientes and La Paz, Mexico, and Chase
Frishman and James Avery Drost got the bronze in La Paz.
Also their female compatriots Mackenzie Ponnet and Kimberly
Smith, who beat Cubans Leila and Maylen for the gold in
Aguascalientes in a close match 21-19, 17-21, 15-10.
The Americans were upset one week later when they fell in La Paz
to Mexicans Martha Revuelta and Zaira Orellana, fourth in
Aguascalientes, 8-21, 23-21, 15-12.
Indeed, Leila and Lianma Flores took the highest step of the
podium in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz
2014 when they overcame Martha and her then partner Bibiana
Also Leila, now with Maylen, defeated Martha and Zaira in the
pool play of Aguascalientes in straight sets 21-10, 21-15.
On the other hand, the expectation are high with the
announcement of the participation of Canadians Sergey Grabovsky
and Fiodar Kazhamiaka who will be looking for a revenge after
losing last year to debutants youngsters Luis Reyes and Jose
Luis Aguilera of Cuba in a close battle 21-17, 19-21, 16-14).