Weamer and Vanzwieten pocket gold medal in Punta Cana



PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 28, 2015 – USA team of Traci Weamer and Kendra Vanzwieten won the women’s gold medal of the Punta Cana Beach Volleyball Tournament with a come-from-behind victory (17-21, 21-16, 16-11) over Cuba’s Yanileydis Sanchez and Lidianny Echevarria on Sunday.


“This is my very last tournament and it is good to go out with a win,” Weamer said just before the award ceremony. “I loved playing with Kendra as she is very easy to play with. I am also proud of my team and about representing my country.”


It was the second gold medal for Weamer in the history of the NORCECA Circuit as she won the Saint Lucia title in 2012 playing with Kathryn Babcock. That same year she also won a silver medal with Tealle Hunkus in Trinidad & Tobago.


Weamer and Vanzwieten had won a bronze medal in the first event of 2015 in Cayman Islands and a silver medal in 2014 in Antigua Guatemala.


Last year, Vanzwieten also won silver and bronze medals playing alongside Allison Daley in Manzanillo, Mexico and North Bay, Canada, respectively.


In the semifinals, Weamer and Vanzwieten won a terrific duel against compatriots Emily Stockman and Allison McColloch 2-1 (15-21, 21-18, 19-17) while Sanchez and Echevarria edged Canadians Claudia Seguin and Alexandra Poletto 2-1 (21-9, 15-21, 17-15).

Stockman and McColloch settled for the bronze medal winning the third place contest in straight sets 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) over Seguin and Poletto.


Women’s Sunday Results

Semifinals: CUB d CAN-A 2-1 (21-9, 15-21, 17-15), USA-A d USA-B 2-1 (15-21, 21-18, 19-17). Bronze Medal Match: USA-B d CAN-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-11). Gold Medal Match: USA-A d CUB 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 15-11). Consolation Round: ESA d HON 2-0 (21-16, 21-19), NCA d DOM 2-1 (21-17, 18-21, 15-8), ESA d NCA 2-1 (19-21, 21-18, 15-12).