Friday, July 12, 2024

Belizean athletes participate in volleyball tournament in Cuba


Island athlete Gabriel ‘Gaby’ Nuñez alongside teammate Bryton Codd of Belize City, has returned to Belize after representing Belize in the 2019 male North, Central America, and the Caribbean (NORCECA) Beach Volleyball Tournament in Varadero, Cuba. The tournament was held from May 9th to the 12th and included teams from Cuba, Belize, Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua, United States of America (USA), Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, and the Virgin Islands.
The Belizean duo left Belize on May 2nd for Cuba to better prepare for the tournament. Nuñez and Codd played their first matches against Guatemala and the USA early on Friday, May 10th. It was a tough game, and the Belizean athletes fought hard, but in the end, the victory went to Guatemala (21-16, 21-18). Later that same day, Nuñez and Codd competed against the American team but lost (21-14, 21- 12). The following day saw Belize facing Costa Rica. Despite their best attempts, Costa Rica won both sets (21-16, 21-12).
Games continued on Sunday, May 12th with only the top teams advancing to the semi-finals and finals. In the semi-finals, Denis Lopez and Ruben Mora from Nicaragua beat Troy Field and Ty Loomis from the USA with identical sets of (21-14), while Sergio Gonzalez and Luis Reyes from Cuba advanced to finals after defeating Yosvany Carrasco and Karell Piña also from Cuba (21-19, 21-12).
The results of the finals gave Cuba the gold as Gonzalez and Reyes defeated Lopez and Mora from Nicaragua (22-20, 21-16). The Nicaraguan team settled for second place. Cuba’s Carrasco and Piña placed third without playing because of a no-show by Field and Loomis from the USA. We congratulate Nuñez and Codd for representing Belize honorably.

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