Cristin propels us in Mayaguez

Cayman’s top two beach volleyball talents had another great showing in the region.

Cristin Alexander and Jennifer Bily advanced to the quarterfinals at the seventh stop on the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2012 tour. The pair competed in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico against 11 other teams representing nine nations.

Alexander and Bily would defeat Jamie Farley and Laurie Bachler of the US Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-8, 21-15), Diana Romero and Marcela Avalos of El Salvador 2-0 (21-18, 23-21) and Deborah Constanzo and Karla Montilla of the Dominican Republic 3-2 (21-16, 14-21, 16-14). Cayman’s only losses were to Canada’s Kalia NG and Alexandra Hudson 2-0 (18-21, 20-22) and Mexico’s Martha Revuelta and Vanessa Virgen 2-0 (8-21, 13-21).

On the men’s side, Cayman were represented by Shervin Rankin and Richard Campbell. Both were eliminated in the opening round after losses to Canada’s Simon Fecteau-Botin and Cameron Wheelan (13-21, 16-21) and Aruba’s Mitchel Daniel and Eargenell De Cuba (11-21, 12-21).

For Alexander and Bily, it’s the second straight quarterfinals berth on the circuit after being knocked out at the same stage by Cuban pair Kirenia Ballard and Onayamís Sinal back in June.

Thus far, the NORCECA circuit has been dominated by Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba. Yarleen Santiago and Yamileska Yantin have won twice for the Puerto Rican ladies while Roberto “Rafu” Rodriguez has steadied the men to four wins. The Mexican ladies have two wins while their men have one and Cuba’s women and men have two victories each.

The eighth stop of the circuit is slated to be the US city of San Diego on 26 September-1 October. From there, the tour is expected to head to Trinidad and Tobago on 10-15 October, Antigua on 17-22 October and Puerto Rico on 7-12 November.

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