Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros Gold in Cayman Islands
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, April 28, 2019. - Mexican pair
Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros won the Gold Medal Match at
the second stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour in Cayman
Islands defeating 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) over Cubans Sergio González
and Luis Reyes.
Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros, multiple title winners in
the NORCECA Tour, managed to take control of the actions
dismantling Cuba’s strong offense over the net with Virgen’s
monster blocking and Lombardo’s strategic defense.
The Mexican pair have been away of any tournament for eight
months as Juan Virgen has just recovered from a knee surgery.
“It feels good to have a good opening, coming back to the
NORCECA action feels like home; we always compete strong here
and these two opening tournaments gives us the motivation we
need” said Virgen.
Speaking about the gold medal match, Virgen added “we put up
pressure over the net, the blocking was good and Lombardo was
excellent running after the ball. We were focused, this was our
strength “concentration”, this made me block better and Lombardo
defend better as well”.
Lombardo Ontiveros said “sometimes things don’t turn out as
expected, but today our game plan and our coaches’ strategy
worked perfectly. Our performance wasn’t static, we moved around
well. Mostly we are glad to be here in NORCECA, Cuba is a tough
opponent and today we are the ones enjoying the victory”.
Virgen and Ontiveros reached their second Gold Medal match of
the 2019 NORCECA season winning a challenging semifinal to Ruben
Mora and Dany López of Nicaragua 2-0 (21-14, 24-22).
Cubans González and Reyes made it into the final match with an
overtime semifinal victory 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-12) against the
Benjamin Vaught and Spencer Sauter of United States.
The surprise of the tournament was the Nicaraguan pair of Ruben
Mora and Dany López who beat USA Benjamin Vaught and Spencer
Sauter by a thrilling 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 18-16), winning the
bronze medal and their first NORCECA medal ever.
Virgen Juan/Lombardo Ontiveros Lombardo (MEX); 2. Sergio
González/Luis Enrique Reyes (CUB); 3. Ruben Mora/Dany López (NCA);
Benjamin Vaught/Spencer Sauter (USA); 5. Ivan Reka Ivan/ Simon
Fecteau-Boutin (CAN-B); 6.
Andy Leonardo/Luis García (GUA); 7.
Brian Kwasny/Gabriel Ospina (ISV-B); 8.
Victor Castillo/Alex Medina (DOM); 9. Jake MacNeil/William Hoey (CAN-A);
Casey Santamaria/Jesse Parhan (CAY-A); 11. Carlos Escobar/David
Vargas (ESA); 12.
Daneil Theodore/Issac Joel (TTO); 13. Jon Isaacs/Kyle Wilson
Fabian Quintero/Sebastian Valenciano (CRC); 15.
Marc Lomeli/Austin Pippen (ISV-A); 16.
Markiel Simpson/Christopher Walters (JAM); 17. Richard
Campbell/Nathan Dack (CAY-B); 18. St. Clair Hodge/Shawn
Men’s results Sunday:
MEX d CUB 2-0 (21-18, 21-14); Bronze Medal: NCA d USA 2-1
(18-21, 21-19, 18-16); Semifinals: MEX d NCA 2-0 (21-14,
24-22); CUB d USA 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-12); 5-6 CAN-B d
GUA 2-0 (24-22, 21-14); 7-8 ISV-B d DOM 2-0 (23-21,
21-16); Positions 5-9: CAN-B d DOM 2-0 (21-11, 21-13);
GUA d ISV-B (forfeit).