Spikers aim for added kudos in Guatemala’s Campo Marte Park

Some of Cayman’s best volleyball talents will be headed to Guatemala City. 

Four players will represent the Cayman Islands at the third stop of the 2013 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Circuit. Campo Marte Park will host the Guatemalan action between 19 and 21 April. 

Richard Campbell will team up with Duncan Hamann on the men’s side, while Jessica Wolfenden and Cristin Alexander suit up for the ladies. Campbell and Hamann will be looking to challenge defending men’s champions Roberto Rodriguez and Erick Haddock of Puerto Rico, while Wolfenden and Alexander tackle defending women’s champs Jennifer Kropp and Whitney Pavlik of the US. 

Cayman is one of 16 countries in the competition, with the others being Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the US and the US Virgin Islands. 

All four Cayman players took part in the NORCECA tour opener in Grand Cayman last month. Campbell played alongside Philippe Deslandes and finished in 13th place, while Hamann partnered with Shervin Rankin to place 10th. 

Wolfenden paired with Stefania Gandolfi to finish sixth after advancing to the quarterfinals, while Alexander teamed with Jennifer Bily to finish 13th after being eliminated in the tournament’s consolation bracket.  

The Cayman tournament, which attracted Olympic gold medallist Todd Rogers, saw Rodriguez and Haddock defend their men’s crown, while Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas of Canada were the top ladies. 

Most of the Cayman players are coming off a stellar showing in the second annual University of the West Indies Beach Volleyball Invitational last weekend. Rankin and Campbell won the men’s division, Alexander and Gandolfi finished third with Olney Thompson and Andrew Gordon ending up fourth. In 2012, Alexander and Bily were the inaugural women’s champions. 

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