USA’s Frishman & Drost beat favorites Sergio & Nivaldo
VARADERO, Cuba, April 29, 2018 – Chase Frishman/James Drost
(USA-A) defeated the favorites and three-time defending
champions Nivaldo Díaz/Sergio González (CUB-A) 2-0 (21-18,
21-16) to claim the men’s crown of NORCECA Circuit’s Varadero
Beach Volleyball Tournament.
The winners showed smart tactics to stop the powerful style of
the fifth-placed at Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and
multi-medalists in this regional.
In both sets they took an early command and never looked back
against a local time that didn’t perform up to their usual level
failing consistently in the complex one plays and the
counter-attacks as the experienced Sergio admitted while
pondering the performance of the new champions of Varadero.
In their advance to the gold medal match, Frishman and Drost
defeated Reid Priddy/Troy Field (USA-B) avenging the loss to
their compatriots in the previous stage in La Paz, Baja
California which prevented them to battle for the gold while
having to settle for the bronze medal after a victory over
Michael Plantinga and Aaron Nusbaum, the champions in
Diaz and Gonzalez advanced to the semifinals after a 2-0 (21-18,
21-16) win over Plantinga and Nusbaum who missed the podium
after suffering a loss to Priddy and Troy in the match for the
bronze medal 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-12).
“It was a great opportunity of playing against Sergio and
Nivaldo, whom we respect a lot, and are good friends. They have
a nice style, but we always think about winning if we play our
game without fear,” said Drost, who studied Spanish in Mexico
and for four years in their country.
“Chase is with me everywhere, sometimes we lose and sometimes we
win, and today was our day, very special. We won a gold in an
FIVB event and many silvers in NORCECA but this one is our first
gold medal,” he said.
“In this phase everything went well, the organization, referees,
the hotel with lot of entertainment, a good mix with this sport.
The players worded hard while the people enjoyed the beach and
the event. We didn’t know Cuba and want to come back bringing
our families if the chance comes,” said enthusiastically.
Gold Medal: Chase
Frishman/James Drost (USA-A) d Nivaldo Díaz/Sergio González
(CUB-A) 2-0 (21-18, 21-16); Bronce Medal: Reid Priddy/Troy
Field (USA-B) d Michael Plantinga/Aaron Nusbaum (CAN) 2-1
(21-18, 20-22, 15-12); Semifinals: Chase Frishman/Jame
Drost (USA-A) d Reid Priddy/Troy Field (USA-B) 2-0 (21-15,
21-18); NivaldoDíaz/Sergio González (CUB-A) d Michael Plantinga/Aaron
Nusbaum (CAN) 2-0 (21-18, 21-16); 5-6: Daisel Quesada/Karell
Peña (CUB-B) d Rubén Mora/Dany López (NCA) 2-0 (21-12, 21-13); 7-8: Andy
Leonardo/Erick Garrido (GUA) d Victor Castillo/Alesandre
Jeambatis (DOM) 2-1 (21-17, 21-14); 9-10: Luis Reyes/José
Luis Aguilera (CUB-C) d Juan Ribas/Daniel Quiñones (PUR) 2-0
(21-11, 21-12); 11-12: Carlos Escobar/David Vargas (ESA)
d Ebanks/Dack (CAY-A) 2-0 (21-12, 21-17); 13-14: Giandro
Tokaay/Henrich Daal (CUR-A) d Casey Santamaria/Jesse Parham
(CAY-B) 2-0 (21-11, 21-16); 15-16: Gilbert
Paulina/Anthony Quinten (CUR-B) d Edgardo Cuello/Alex Yhan
Cuesto (COL) forfeit; 17-18: Triston Hitchman/ Noley
Ferguson (JAM) d Shawn Seabrookes/Kemoroy Percival (SKN) 2-0
(21-14, 21-17); 19-20: Kevin Flores/Juan Menjivar (HON) d
Edward Peter/Carlos Rosa (ISV) forfeit.