The Roatan contingent came away winless but wisened from a regional beach volleyball tournament in Mexico June 4-9.
“Needless to say we are disappointed as no one likes to lose,” wrote Christi Etches in a Facebook post. “But we feel grateful and honored to be able to represent our country at this level. … We still have smiles on our faces and we now know what to except for the next one so we can keep training and take em by storm next time!!”
Etches and teammate Gisselle Brady represented Honduras in the women’s pairs competition, organized by the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) Volleyball Confederation. It was the fifth of a scheduled 14 circuit tournaments under NORECA’s 2014 Beach Volleyball Continental Tour. Roatan’s Cuny Miller, who had been selected to represent Honduras in the men’s competition, together with his partner, Walter Sanchez from Cortez, did not make the trip for lack of travel funds.
Etches and Brady were placed in a tough group, going up against Canada’s first team, the number two team from the US and El Salvador and losing all three matches. The Roatan duo will have to compete against other Honduran pairs to determine who will represent the country in the remaining NORECA tournaments this year. Upcoming competitions will be in Toronto in July and in the Dominican Republic and Cuba in August. Miller and Sanchez, meanwhile, will continue trying to line up sponsors. Brady and Etches need sponsors as well.
NORCECA is the regional qualifying body for both the Olympics and World Championships in both indoor and beach volleyball.