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Canada and Cuba powered into the men’s finals

Karell Piña of Cuba and Javier Jimenes helped their country move onto the next stage of the competition

Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, April 19, 2011 – Canada and Cuba made it into the final series of the NORCECA Men’s Central Zone Phase of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup on Tuesday with both countries already qualified for the Confederation finals where they will compete for an Olympic berth.

The NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball Cup forms part of the FIVB's new qualification system for the London 2012 Olympic Games which takes place next year.

Canada and Cuba defeated Puerto Rico and Mexico respectively and the losers will now play the United States and the Dominican Republic to complete the four countries advancing to the final stage of the competition.

Christian Redmann and Ben Saxton of Canada-A defeated Pablo Guzman and Fernando Morales of Puerto Rico-B 21-18, 26-24 and then capped the day off with a 27-25, 21-18 victory over Roberto Rodriguez and Christopher Underwoord of Puerto Rico-A. Martin Reader and Chaim Schalk of Canada-B scored a 21-19, 17-21, 15-11 victory over Rodriguez/Underwood but lost to Guzman/Morales by score of 21-16, 21-16.

Karel Piña and Javier Jimenez of Cuba-A beat Ulises and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico-B 21-18, 21-18 and edged Juan Virgen and Aldo Miramontes 22-20, 28-26. Yaniel Escobar and Yaimel Borrell of Cuba-B defeated Virgen/Miramontes 21-19, 21-12 before losing 21-18, 18-21, 19-17 to Virgen/Miramontes to complete the schedule.

Men’s results

Canada 3, Puerto Rico 1

CAN-A d. PUR-B (21-18, 26-24)
CAN-B d. PUR-A (21-19, 17-21, 15-11)
PUR-B d. CAN-B (21-16, 21-16)
CAN-A d. PUR-A (27-25, 21-18)

Cuba 3, Mexico 1

CUB-A d. MEX-B (21-18, 21-18)
CUB-B d. MEX-A (21-19, 21-12)
CUB-A d. MEX-A (22-20, 28-26)
MEX-B d. CUB-B (21-18, 18-21, 19-17)

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