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Canadians sweep NORCECA finale

By Shammi Kowlessar

CANADIANS beat North American neighbours United States in both finals when the curtain fell on the 2013 NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Circuit Sunday night at Maracas Bay.

One pair from host country Trinidad and Tobago reached the quarterfinals, while the No. 1 pairs ended up 13th and 14th in the three-day tournament.

Nancy Joseph, hampered by a hamstring injury, and Ayana Dyette, brushed aside Vincentians Nikita Campbell and Shanique Deshong 21-4, 21-14 to finish 13th of the 16 participating female teams.

Inexperienced compatriots Kinisha Marshall and Apphia Glasgow finished last after defaulting the playoff for 15th place.

Daneil Williams and Simon Blake, who combined in seven of the 11 legs, played for 13th place of the 19 pairs but were nosed out 21-14, 18-21, 18-16 by Luis Garcia and Erick Garrido of Guatemala.

Fabian Whitfield and Colin Bernard, who both also hail from Toco, reached the quarters and placed eight on Saturday.

Chrstian Redmann and Maverick Hatch of Canada B whipped the United States B duo of William Montgomery and James Drost 21-16, 21-16 for the title.

The eventual champs had cause a major upset in the semifinals when they edged Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen 21-17, 10-21, 15-12. 

The Mexicans, who had broken a NORCECA single-season record the weekend before in Costa Rica by winning their sixth gold medal, left Maracas empty-handed when they lost the bronze-medal match 21-19, 17-21, 15-12 against Chalm Schalk and Benjamin Saxton of Canada A.

Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas ended the circuit just like they began it in Cayman Islands in March. The Canada A pair captured the title by beating Heather Hughes and Lane Carico 22-20, 21-15.

It was the second straight silver medal for the United States No. 1 pair, who also captured three gold medals to be the leading female team of the season.

In addition to playing in seven legs alongside Blake, Williams also contested two stages with Whitfield to be this country’s busiest player. 

Blake played in seven legs, while Joseph was involved in five, including four of the last five tournaments alongside Dyette.

Like Dyette, Whitfield played in four legs, while Elki Philip and Pauline Woodroffe contested three events, one more than Bernard and Glasgow.

T&T’s best effort this year was when Blake and Williams placed fifth in the third leg in Guatemala in April.

Williams and Whitfield earned this country’s only NORCECA medal at home last year when they notched bronze in the penultimate leg in Toco at the end of October.

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