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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 Aguascalientes.


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.


Sunday Results

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.