Mexico´s Rubio, Gaxiola go one better in Bonaire
KRALENDIJK, Bonaire, September 28, 2019 - Mexico´s Jose Luis
Rubio and Josue Gaston Gaxiola went one better than Punta
Cana, when they swept USA-B Kristopher Johnson and
Christopher Austin 2-0 in the men final of the inaugural
hosting by the Bonaire Volleyball Federation of the seventh
leg of the 2019 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Circuit.
The Mexicans who were beaten in the final in Dominican
Republic two weeks ago made no mistake this time around and
came away with a 21-13, 21-12 victory under lights to claim
a first gold medal this season.
Commenting on the victory an elated Gaxiola said after the
disappointment of Punta Cana they came to Bonaire with one
main objective which was to win overall.
“It was not going to be easy, as we had tough opponents in
the final, but we won and we are very happy,” ended Gaxiola.
In the morning session, Rubio and Gaxiola defeated Canada´s
Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Ivan Reka 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) in
their semifinal, and Johnson and Austin, both
California-born, outlasted their country-men, Kyle Friend
and Travis Mewhirter of USA-A 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-13).
Friend and Mewhirter ensured that two USA teams were on the
medal podium by beating Fecteau-Boutin and Reka 2-0 (21-16,
21-19) for the bronze.
Nicaraguans Alejandro Ruben Mora and Antonio Dany Lopez won
their Central American battle with Franklin Flores and David
Vargas of El Salvador for fifth spot 2-0 (21-15, 21-19)
while Trinidad and Tobago overcame their English-speeaking
Caribbean rivals, St Clair Hodge and Shawn Seabrookes of St
Kitts and Nevis for seventh, 2-0 (25-23, 21-12).
US Virgin Islands´ Brian Kwansy and Gabriel Ospina Rodriguez
finished ninth after beating Angela Fransua and Eddy Toro
Moldonado of Aruba 2-0 (21-13, 21-15), and in the battle for
11 th, Curacao´s Ernaldo Mota and Jurcham Meulens beat
Bonaire´s Luiyi Morales and Davidlee Winklaar 2-0 (21-12,
Saturday’s results in Bonaire
USA-B d USA-A 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-13), CAN d MEX 2-0
(21-18, 21-13) Losers Semifinals: ESA d SKN 2-0
(21-16, 21-17), NCA d TTO 2-0 (21-16, 21-18).
CUR d BON-A 2-0 (21-12, 21-10). Positions 9-10: ISV d
ARU 2-0 (21-13, 21-17). Positions 7-8: TTO d SKN 2-0
NCA d ESA 2-0 (21-15, 21-19). Bronze Medal Match:
USA-A d CAN 2-0 (21-16, 21-19). Gold Medal Match: MEX
d USA-B 2-0 (21-13, 21-12).