FABIAN WHITFIELD and Daneil Williams were in sparkling form Friday on their first day of competing together in the NORCECA (North, Central America and the Caribbean) Beach Volleyball Circuit in almost a year.
The Trinidad and Tobago players crushed Grenadians Jonel Philip and Darron Oxford 21-9, 21-9 and brushed aside Coen Caesar and Gillan Octave of St Lucia 21-12, 21-12 to be assured of a place in yesterday’s quarterfinals of the ninth leg in St Lucia.
Before the quarters, Williams and Whitfield, who claimed this country’s only NORCECA medal when they picked up bronze in the Trinidad Leg at the end of October last year, were scheduled to tackle Americans John Hayden and Tri Bourne to determine the winners of Group D.
Two T&T female pairs are competing this weekend, and Nancy Joseph and Ayana Dyette needed to win their final match in Group B yesterday to have any chance of reaching the quarters for the second time in succession.
However, the girls, who finished eighth the last time they competed, in the seventh leg in Puerto Rico late last month, needed to beat second seeds Claudia Seguin and Brandie Wilkerson of Canada to reach the knockout phase.
Dyette and Joseph trounced Vincentians Nikita Campbell and Shanique DeShong 21-11, 21-10 on Friday, but were beaten 21-14, 21-7 by Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen of the United States.
Pauline Woodroffe and Elki Philip were eliminated Friday after they lost 21-15, 21-12 to Diana Peguero and Nairobi Aquamonte of Dominican Republic and 21-10, 23-21 against Costa Ricans Katherine Quesada and Eugenia Ramirez.
Their final match in Group D was against Canadian sisters Nicole and Megan McNamara, yesterday.
In the St Lucia leg of last year’s circuit, the Williams/Whitfield and Philip/Dyette combinations placed fourth, while Woodroffe and Joseph were fifth.
The penultimate leg of this year’s circuit will take place in Costa Rica on the penultimate weekend of next month. The circuit will conclude the following weekend in Trinidad.