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Puerto Ricans spike gold in Martinique  

 

POINTE Du-MARIN, Martinique, October 28, 2018 - Puerto Ricans Cristian Encarnacion and Juan Ribas won the gold medal in the men's competition after outlasting USA pair Benjamin Vaught and Travis Mewhitter in three sets when the sixth and final stop of the 2018 NORCECA Beah Volleyball Circuit concluded on Sunday.

The Puerto Ricans won the three-set thriller, 16-21, 21-17, 15-10 to claim the top prize.

Encarnacion and Ribas rallied past Trinidad and Tobago’s Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart in their semifinal, 21-19, 15-21, 9-15 as both teams reached their first ever tour final. Vaught and Mewhitter beat El Salvadoreans’ Carlos Escobar and David Vargas 21-15, 21-15 in the semifinal. 

 

Cristian Encarnacion and Juan Ribas rallied past Trinidad and Tobago’s Daneil Williams and Daynte Stewart in their semifinal, 21-19, 15-21, 9-15.

 

Vaught and Mewhitter beat El Salvadorans’ Carlos Escobar and David Vargas 21-15, 21-15 in the other semifinal, while Stewart and Williams got bronze after they outplayed Escobar and Vargas 21-13, 21-18 in 35 minutes.

 

It was the third ever bronze medal for Williams on the tour to go with a silver while it was the first medal for Stewart, who made his tour debut this year.

 

Earlier in the morning period, Williams and Stewart defeated Canada-B duo, Adam Thompson, and Iva Reka, 21-13, 23-21 in their quarterfinal in 46 minutes.

 

Men’s Day Three Results:

Playoffs: MQE-B d DMA 21-0, 21-0 (default); MQE-B d CAY 21-17, 21-15; MQE-A d BAH  14-21, 24-22, 191-7; BAH 21-16, 1-16; MQE-A vs MQE-B. 5-8 Playoff: CRC d SKN 21-19, 21-14; CAN-B d CAN-A 21-0, 21-0 default; Seventh: SKN d CAN-A 21-0, 21-0 default; SKN d CAN-A 21-0, 21-0 default; Fifth: CRC d CAN-B 21-14, 19-21, 16-14. Main Draw Semifinal: USA d ESA 21-15, 21-15; PUR d TTO 19-21, 21-15, 15-9. Bronze: TTO d ESA 21-13, 21-18; Gold: USA d Puerto Rico, 21-16, 17-21, 15-10.