Spikers miss the mark in Canada

The Cayman Islands was represented on the latest stop of the region’s biggest volleyball circuit. 

Cayman players Richard Campbell and Philippe Deslandes competed in North Bay, Canada over the weekend – the sixth stop of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation 2014 Beach Volleyball Circuit. Cayman lost all three of its matches in group play after coming into the competition ranked 13th of 17 competing countries in the male segment. 

Campbell and Deslandes lost to Guatemala’s Julio Recinos and Erick Garrido 22-20, 15-21, 14-16, Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodriguez and Erik Haddock 12-21, 11-21 and Canada’s Cameron Wheelan and Michael Plantinga 8-21, 12-21. 

Cayman hosted the circuit opener back in April and saw positive results from local players. The ladies placed eighth as Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden had two wins and two losses in the double elimination bracket at Public Beach, just missing out on the quarterfinals.  

While there were three men’s squads for the round robin competition, none of them made it out of their respective groups. Team one of Olney Thompson and Deslandes finished 12th overall at 1-3. Team two of Shervin Rankin and Campbell also went 1-3, ending up 11th overall and team three of Duncan Hamann and Ethan Manderson went 0-4 to finish in last place. 

Phillipe-Deslandes

Philippe Deslandes has played on the NORCECA circuit for years.

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