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Cubans Peña and Quesada dominate in La Paz

LA PAZ, Mexico, April 9, 2017 – Cubans Karell Peña and Daisel Quesada overcame home favorites Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico-A to claim the men’s gold medals of La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament, the first stop of the 2017 NORCECA Circuit on Sunday night.

Peña and Quesada recovered from losing the first set by wide margin to subdue the Mexican tandem 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-8) in 45 minutes battle cheered from start to finish by the fans.

“It is a huge win for us and we are going through a lot of emotions,” Quesada said. “We came here with the goals of winning the tournament and getting the points to participate in this year’s world championship.”

It was the second straight win for a men’s Cuban team at La Paz, following the victory attained by Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio González last year.

In the semifinals, Peña/Quesada dispatched Jon Mesko and Skylar Del Sol of United States 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) in just 26 minutes while Virgen/Ontiveros defeated fellow Mexicans Jose Rubio and Josue Gaxiola 2-0 (22-20, 21-14).

In the match for the third position, Rubio/Gaxiola defeated Mesko/Del Solar 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 15-8).

Sunday’s Men Results

Semifinals: MEX-A d MEX-B 2-0 (22-20, 21-14), CUB d USA-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-11). Bronze Medal Match: MEX-B d USA-B 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 15-8). Gold Medal Match: CUB d MEX-A 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-8).

Consolation Round

Semifinals: GUA d ISV 2-0 (21-12, 24-22), CAN-A d CAN-B 2-0 (21-11, 21-14). Positions 11-12: TRI d NCA 2-0 (21-0, 21-0).

Positions 9-10: USA-A d CRC 2-0 (21-16, 21-10). Positions 7-8: CAN-B d ISV 2-0 (21-0, 21-0). Positions 5-6: GUA d CAN-A 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 15-13).