Hunkus and McGiven-Dicello win for the third time in 2014


NORTH BAY, Canada, July 13, 2014 – Tealle Hunkus and Kimberly McGiven-Dicello of United States-A captured their third gold medal of the season in the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit with a 2-0 (21-11, 26-24) over the home favorites Melissa Humaña and Taylor Pischke of Canada-A on Sunday.


Playing under breezy conditions in Marathon Beach, the American duo cruised to claim the first set but had to fight hard against the high spirited Canadian duo before claiming the victory.


“It is great to win for the third time this year and hopefully we can win more,” Hunkus said after the award ceremony. “We really communicated very well as a team.”


“I also want to congratulate the organizers in North Bay with the volunteers doing a great job. The atmosphere was great and the sight surrounding the courts,” she added.


Hunkus and McGiven-Dicello had won the gold medal in the first event of the year in Cayman Islands and repeated in Antigua Guatemala. Besides their three titles, Hunkus and McGiven-Dicello also claimed the bronze medals this season in Guatemala City and Huixquilucan, Mexico.


Hunkus/McGiven-Dicello won a semifinal thriller over compatriots Kendra Vanzwieten and Allison Daley 21-19, 21-19, 19-17 while Humaña/Pischke advanced to the finals with a 21-13, 21-17 victory over Victoria Altomare and Julie Gordon.


The bronze medal went to Vanzwieten/Daley who brushed aside Altomare/Gordon 21-17, 21-11.


Sunday’s Women Results

Semifinals: USA-A d USA-B 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 19-17), CAN-A d CAN-D 2-0 (21-13, 21-17). Bronze Medal Match: USA-B d CAN-D 2-0 (21-17, 21-11). Gold Medal Match: USA-A d CAN-A 2-0 (21-11, 26-24).


Women’s Final positions: 1. USA-A, 2. CAN-A,  3. USA-B, 4. CAN-D, 5. CAN-B, 6. CAN-C, 7. CRC, 8. GUA, 9. JAM, 10, ESA Y 11. HON


Women’s winners in 2014

Cayman Islands

Hunkus/McGiven-Dicello USA

Guatemala City

Hughes/Engle USA

Antigua Guatemala

Hunkus/McGiven/Dicello USA

Manzanillo, Mexico

Humaña/Pischke CAN

Huixquilucan, Mexico

Revuelta/Candelas MEX

North Bay, Canada Hunkus/McGiven-Dicello, USA