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Fonoimoana and Turner claim women’s gold in Punta Cana

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 30, 2018 – Under more amiable weather conditions than one day earlier when afternoon actions were halted due to rain and strong winds, the Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fourth stop of the 2018 NORCECA Circuit, came to a happy end especially for Falyn Fonoimoana and Molly Turner of United States who won the women’s gold medal on Sunday.

The American pair defeated top-seeded Canadian twins Nicole and Megan McNamara in straight sets 2-0 (24-22, 21-15).  

In the match for the bronze medal, Mexicans Martha Revuelta and Zara Orellana won a three-set duel with Cubans Yanisleidis Sánchez and Arín Hechavarría 2-1 (21-16, 16-21, 15-12).

In semifinals, McNamara/McNamara stopped Sánchez/Hechavarría 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) and Fonoimoana/Turner dispatched Revuelta/Orellana 2-0 (21-13, 21-16).

In the quarterfinals:

McNamara/McNamara breezed past Swan Mendoza/Socorro Lopez of Nicaragua 2-0 (21-9, 21-8), Sanchez/Hechavarría overcame Katie Spieler and Karissa Cook of United States 2-1 (17-21, 21-15, 15-13), Fonoimoana/Turner outclassed Blanca Regino and Estefanie Bethancourt of Guatemala 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) and Revuelta/Orellana edged Marcela Araya and Eugenia Ramírez of Costa Rica 2-1 (21-13, 16-21, 15-10).