PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, April 16, 2022 –
Canadian twins Megan and Nicole McNamara and
Cubans Leila Martinez and Lidy Echeverría
advanced to the women’s semifinals of the Punta
Cana Qualification Tournament to the FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championships.
The McNamara sisters began their campaign in
Pool A with a 2-0 (21-10, 21-18) win over the
Dominican Republic’s Julibeth Payano and Jeneiry
del Rosario in 30 minutes and came back to
defeat La Teisha Joseph and Apphia Glasgow of
Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 (21-10, 21-8) in 32
Payano/Rosario then recovered to pull a 2-0
(21-9, 21-10) win over Joseph/Glasgow in 29
Meanwhile, the Cuban duo of Martínez/Echeverría
beat Angjeny Tolentino and Shuderlys Meulens of
Netherlands Antilles 2-0 (21-9, 21-12) to kick
off their day in Pool B.
Then Taylor Nutterfield and Melanie Valenciana
of U.S. Virgin Islands outplayed Tolentino/Meulens
2-0 (21-15, 21-18) to set a decisive match for
Pool B supremacy against the Cuban duo who
subdued Nutterfield/Valenciana 2-0 (21-8, 21-9)
to claim first place.
In Sunday’s quarterfinals, Payano/Rosario will
meet Tolentino/Meulens while Nutterfield/Valenciana
will go against Joseph/Glasgow.