Lombardo, Virgen on course for seventh win
MARACAS BAY, Trinidad, November 30, 2013 - Lombardo Ontiveros
and Juan Virgen of Mexico kept on course to extend their record
number of gold medals in one season when they reached the
semifinals of the 11th and final leg of the NORCECA
Beach Volleyball Circuit.
Winners of a record breaking six titles so far this season,
Ontiveros and Virgen, who have also sealed the 2013 men’s tour
title, booked a spot in the semifinal after beating William
Sanchez and Luis Castillo (DOM) 21-10, 21-18 in the first
In Sunday’s semifinal, the Mexicans will meet Christian Redmann
and Maverick Hatch (CAN-B), who dumped Cayman Islands leg
champions Roberto Rodriguez and Eric Haddock (PUR) 21-18, 24-22
in their quarterfinal.
The other semifinal sees William Montgomery and James Drost
(USA-B), who were fourth in Costa Rica a week ago versus Chaim
Schalk and Benjamin Saxton (CAN-A).
Montgomery and Drost reached the final four thanks to their
13-21, 21-19, 17-15 tense win over fellow Americans, Nicolas
Lucena and Theodore Brunner (USA-A), winners in Chula Vista,
while Schalk and Saxton ended the hopes of hometown pair, Fabien
Whitfield and Collin Bernard (TTO-B), 21-11, 21-11.
When the second day of action served off with men round-of-16
matches Sanchez and Castillo beat Bryan Monge and Zlatko
Pisculich (CRC) 21-18, 21-19; Redmann and Hatch ousted Richard
Campbell/Duncan Hamann (CAY) 21-13, 21-14; Montgomery and Drost,
who reached the semifinals in Costa Rica, stopped Eargenell De
Cuba an Mitchel Daniel (ARU); and Whitfield and Bernard rallied
past Ruben Mora and Gerson Contreras (NCA) 21-13, 13-21,
Saturday’s men results:
DOM d CRC (21-18, 21-19), CAN-B d CAY (21-13, 21-14), USA-B d
ARU (23-21, 21-16), TRI-B d NCA (21-13, 13-21, 15-11),
Quarterfinals: MEX d DOM (21-10, 21-18), CAN-B d PUR (21-18,
24-22), USA-B d USA-A (13-21, 21-19, 17-15), CAN-A d TRI-B
Quarterfinal playoffs 13-18:
GUA d SUR (21-11, 21-1), TRI-A d ESA (21-18, 21-19).
Semifinal playoffs 13-18: GUA d BAR (21-18, 21-13), TRI-A d
JAM (21-8, 21-12).