USA’s Pardon and Dykstra triumph in Varadero
VARADERO, Cuba, July 17, 2017 – USA’s Jace Pardon and Lara
Dykstra defeated Cuban favorites Leila Martinez and Lidianny
Echeverría 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) to claim the women’s gold medal
match of Varadero Beach Volleyball the fourth stop of 2017
The event was a complete success and took place in the locations
of Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas Hotel for second year in a row
and was a complete success.
It was a sweet revenge for Pardon and Dykstra who were defeated
by the Cuban pair in the gold medal match in Cayman Islands.
“We played very hard, we know them well and they are very strong
but we focused on keeping them out of the net to control them,”
said Lara about the strategy against the two-time champions this
Jace added: “We are happy with the victory and fascinated by the
magnificent scene and the organization superior to other
Martinez and Echeverría who took home the titles in La Paz,
Mexico and Cayman Islands, had to settle for the silver this
In the semifinals, Pardon and Dykstra had to battle very hard
before subduing compatriots Karissa Cook and Katherine Spieler
2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-6) while Martinez and Echeverría beat
countrywomen Lianma Flores and Yanileydis Sanchez 2-0 (21-14,
Flores and Sanchez, who won the silver medals in Ocho Rios,
Jamaica, won the bronze medal with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) victory
over Cook and Spieler.