Nivaldo and Sergio capped actions with gold at Varadero



VARADERO, Cuba, August 30, 2015 – Nivaldo Díaz and Sergio Hernandez of Cuba-A outclassed Christian Redmann and Felipe Humana of Canada-A 2-0 (21-13, 21-13) to win the men’s gold medal at the Varadero Tournament, the fourth stop of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit held for the fifth consecutive year at the beautiful tourism spot.


At the Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas Resort, the bronze medalists at the Pan American Games and champions at the Central American Games in Veracruz 2014, reaffirmed their solid game and didn’t offer their North American opponents any break during the 32-minute match under sunny skies and surrounded by enthusiastic fans.


“I don’t think Canada and United States brought their strongest players, but in any event the competitors go out for the win and we knew we had to have our top game and rhythm to give Cuba a well deserved triumph,” said Nivaldo, the younger member of the host team.


His partner Sergio said to be very glad with their second gold medal, added to the first they got at the start of the circuit at Cayman Islands, but even more because his country surpass the expectations every year.


“I think this one has been the best. All the hotels during the previous stages did their best to give their support, and this has not been the exception, but my compatriots really worked hard and efficiently to have an event technically organized at the highest level. Now I hope these performances allow us to compete at the world tour to reach the elite and dream with a decorous performance at the great competitions like the Olympic Games,” Sergio said.


The bronze medal went to the United States team of Edwin Mark Burik and Curt Toppel, silver medalists in the previous stop, who edged Yendry Castillo and Liosbel Méndez of Cuba-B in a three-set battle that lasted 1 hour and six minutes 2-1 (21-16, 20-22, 15-13) warming up the sand for the title’s matches in both genders.


Sunday’s Results

Bronze Medal Match: USA d CUB-B: 2-0 (21-16, 20-22, 15-13). Gold Medal Match: CUB-A d CAN-A: 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).


Final Positions:

1.- Nivaldo Díaz/Sergio González (CUB-A); 2.- Christham Redmann/Felipe Humana (CAN-A); 3.- Edwin M. Burik-Curt Toppel (USA); 4.- Yendry Castillo/Liosbel Méndez (CUB-B); 5.- Fabien Whitfield/Daneil Williams (TRI); 6.- Aaron Nusbaun/Mike Plantinga (CAN-B); 7.- Marc Lomeli/Brian Kwasny (ISV); 8.- Rubén Mora/Miguel López (NCA); 9.- William Sánchez-Luis Castillo (DOM); 10.- Rooper Espinoza/Alexander Villegas (CRC); 11.- Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala (ESA);  12.- Senel Dupuy/Kelpes Vilmont (HAI); 13.- Marty Wood-Wilfredo Vega (HON); 14.- Furgil Ong A Fat/Zefanio Breinburg (SUR); 15.-Tevin St. Jean (LCA)/ Agustín Faulkner (LCA).