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Rodriguez and Haddock repeat as champions in Cayman Islands

Puerto Rico's Eric Haddock (left) and Roberto "Rafu" Rodriguez, with their national flag soon after their victory over Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty of the United States.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, March 24, 2013 – Puerto Ricans Roberto “Rafu” Rodriguez and Eric Haddock became men’s champions of the Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball Tournament by defeating USA’s Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty (21-16, 21-18) in the match for the gold medal on Sunday.

The crafty Rodriguez and Haddock used all their tricky repertoire of shots to keep off balance the powerful tandem of Rogers and Doherty.

“I am really elated about winning against one of the greats of all-time like Todd (Rogers)”, said Rodriguez, who won with Haddock here last year and took a silver medal in 2011 with a different partner. “This is one of the best tournaments and the ambiance really motivates me.”

In the semifinals on Sunday morning, Rodriguez/Haddock scored a 21-18, 21-16 victory over Chaim Schalk and Benjamin Saxton of Canada-A while Rogers/Doherty won 21-19, 21-18 against Christian Redman and Matiej Zbyszewski of Canada-B.

In the match for third place, Schalk/Saxton defeated compatriots Redman/Zbyszewski with scores of 21-16, 21-17.

Rogers expressed his pleasure with his overall performance with his new partner the towering Doherty, who is 2.16 meters tall.

“I am happy with the way we played in general,” Rogers said. “It is our first tournament together and making it to the finals is pretty good. The competition was solid with teams like Canada, Mexico and, of course, Puerto Rico.”

“I’d rather have liked to win and we were close to make it, one point here and there, but I am pleased,” he added. “The organisation was great with Noel (Williams, the president of Cayman Islands Federation) and the people in Cayman Islands with their ever present smile made it enjoyable.”

On the women’s side Canadians Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas crushed Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik of USA-A in consecutive sets (21-15, 21-13) to claim the gold medal. The bronze medal went to USA-B team of Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat who defeated Mexicans Bibi Candelas and Martha Rveuelta 21-13, 21-15.

“We had to be patient playing outdoors for the first time of the year under windy conditions and the heat,” Broder said before the award ceremony. “But we played good when it counted the most.”

Broder/Valjas advanced to the title’s match following a gruelling three-set battle against Fopma and Sweat that they won 16-21, 27-25, 15-11. Kropp/Pavlik downed Candelas and Revueltas 21-16, 21-14 in the semifinal phase.

Men’s results from Sunday

PUR-A d CAN-A 2-0 (21-18, 21-16)
USA-A d CAN-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-18)

Bronze Medal Match
CAN-A d CAN-B 2-0 (21-16, 21-17)

Gold Medal Match
PUR-A d USA-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-18)

Positions 9-16
CAY d TRI 2-0 (21-16, 21-18)
PUR d GUA 2-0 (24-22, 21-11)
PUR-B d CAY-A 2-0 (21-13, 23-21)

Women’s results from Sunday

USA-A d MEX-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-14)
CAN-A d USA-B 2-1 (16-21, 27-25, 15-11)

Bronze Medal Match
USA-B d MEX-A 2-0 (21-13, 21-15)

Gold Medal Match
CAN-A d USA-A 2-0 (21-15, 21-13)

Positions 9-16
CRC d BAR 2-0 (21-11, 21-17)
ESA-A d ESA-B 2-1 (21-16, 13-21, 15-13)
CRC d ESA-A 2-0 (21-13, 21-15)



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