Jamaica, Barbados surprise top teams for China chance
Maracas Bay, Trinidad, November 27, 2013 - Jamaica and Barbados set up a meeting in the U18 Boys final for the Caribbean Zone lone automatic qualifying spot to the 2014 Youth Olympics Beach Volleyball Tournament in Nanjing, China after shocking top seeded duos of Trinidad & Tobago and US Virgin Islands.
Jamaicans Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan stopped the local duo of Kareem Thomas and Marlon Phillips 21-13, 21-14 and 21-13, 21-15 and now will play Barbados’ Andriy Stapleton and Ahkeem Mayers who outlasted the US Virgin Islands’ tandem of Carlos Rosa and Ajai Sweeney in two tough encounters 21-10, 19-21, 15-10 and 18-21, 21-11, 15-6.
Earlier in the day, Hutchinson and Bryan overcame a stubborn challenge from Bahamas’ team of Gaege Smith and Rajahl Moxey 22-20, 19-21, 15-11 and 18-21, 21-13, 15-9 in their quarterfinal while Barbadians, Stapleton and Mayers brushed aside Suriname's duo of Riano Gunther and Jonathan Zichem, 21-8, 21-6 and 21-14, 21-8.
In the girls event, the decisive contest will be played between Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson of Trinidad & Tobago and Sigourney Kame and Gabriella Bouterse of Suriname.
Ward and Davidson, who participated at the FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Croatia earlier this year, defeated Barbados’ Janina Mayers and Deandra Small 21-14, 21-18 and 21-15, 21-16 in their two-match series after receiving a quarterfinals’ bye.
On the other side of the draw, Kame and Bouterse first battled past Jamaica’s Lisanne Roofe and Tiomma Graham 17-21, 21-4, 21-0 (Graham retired hurt in second set at 15-4) and 21-16, 21-17 in their second match, before they upstaged the Cayman Islands pair of Chante Smith-Johnson and Lleann Powery, 21-13, 14-21, 15-11 and 21-11, 21-5 for a place in the title match.