TAVARES, Florida, USA, September 13, 2015. - Lombardo Ontiveros
and Juan Virgen of Mexico topped the 5th stop of the
NORCECA BVB 2015 Tour at the Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball
Complex in Tavares, Florida.
Pan-American Champions, Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen of
Mexico, won their second Gold medal of the season in their
second NORCECA event of the year while defeating Derek Olson and
Jeremy Casebeer USA-A 2-0 (21-10, 21-18).
Ontiveros and Virgen led the entire first set comfortably with a
big 6-1 early lead with superiority in blocking and defending;
they had no mercy over Olson and Casebeer, who had several
unforced errors, especially in serves. Things turned around in
the second set, as the Americans led up to half the set with
great effort in defense; but the Mexican duo managed to stay
focused and turn the score around.
“The gold medal match was mentally challenging” said Virgen. “We
took advantage of their errors in the first set; they gave us
many opportunities to lead. They got really better than us in
the second set and led almost entirely, but we stayed calm
because we didn’t want to reach a third set; they are
experienced players and play very well. Thank God we managed to
win” he added.
Mexico faced Fabien Whitfield/Daneil Williams of Trinidad and
Tobago in semifinals, managing to win after a rocky first set,
2-0 (22-20, 21-12). In the other men’s semifinal, Derek
Olson/Jeremy Casebeer of USA-A defeated Dan Dearing/Garret May
of Canada-B coming from behind 2-1 (14-21, 26-24, 15-12).
Fabien Whitfield and Daneil Williams won the Bronze overcoming
Dan Dearing/Garret May of Canada-B also coming under 2-1 (18-21,
21-19, 15-12). The Caribbean team showed enthusiasm while
celebrating their first medal of the season.
Final Positions 1.
MEX; 2. USA-A; 3.
TTO; 4. CAN-B; 5. USA-C; 6. USA-B; 7.
PUR; 8. GUA; 9. CAN-A; 10. CRC; 11. BAR; 12. ARU-B; 13. ISV; 14.
ARU-A; 15. BIZ
Men’s Results Sunday Sep/13:
Gold Medal Match
MEX d USA-A 2-0 (21-10, 21-18)
Bronze Medal Match
TTO d CAN-B 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 15-12)
MEX d TTO 2-0 (22-20, 21-12); USA-A d CAN-B 2-1 (14-21, 26-24,
CAN-B d GUA 2-0 (21-7, 21-15); MEX d USA-C 2-1 (21-12, 14-21,