November 25, 2013 (ISN) – Canada had two podium finishes this weekend – gold for the women and bronze for the men – at the 10th leg of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit in Costa Rica.
Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker, both of Sharon, Ontario, won the women’s gold after beating Heather Hughes and Lane Carico (USA-A) in the final on a windy Sunday afternoon by 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-11). It is the second NORCECA gold medal of the year for MacTavish and Whitaker.
“We started (in Guatemala in April) and finished the season with a gold medal. It’s an awesome feeling, we played freely applying what we learned over the year and now we’ll take some time off,” MacTavish told NORCECA.net.
Whitaker, who will play in final last stage of the circuit in Trinidad & Tobago with Heather Bansley next week, said: “This win motivates us to continue the hard work as we lost to them in Puerto Rico. I’d like to thank Costa Rica and NORCECA for their time and effort, as well as the fans who cheered for us today.”
In the semifinals, MacTavish and Whitaker defeated Traci Daley and Allison Fleming of USA-B 21-19, 21-12, while Hughes/Carico scored a 2-0 (21-14, 21-11) victory over Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro of Costa Rica-A. Daley and Fleming of USA-B won 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) over Costa Ricans Cope and Alfaro in the bronze-medal match.
On the men’s side, Simon Fecteau-Boutin (Lévis, QC) and James Battiston (Mississauga, ON) beat Montgomery/Drost of USA-B (24-22, 16-21, 15-13) for the bronze medal.
Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen set a new all-time NORCECA record of victories in a season by winning the men’s gold medal on Sunday. The Mexican team won a three-set battle against the USA-A team of John Hyden and Tri Bourne 21-16, 19-21, 15-12.
Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter, both of Richmond Hill, ON, finished fifth overall ; and the Canadian women’s team of Victoria Altomare and Julie Gordon were sixth.
Canada is second to the United States in the women’s 2013 NORCECA beach ranking, and second to Mexico in the 2013 men’s ranking.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) is the continental confederation that represents 35 member countries at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) level.
Women’s results (Nov. 24):
Semifinals: CAN-A d USA-B 2-0 (21-19, 21-12); USA-A d CRC-A 2-0 (21-14, 21-11). Bronze Medal: USA-B d CRC-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-15); Gold Medal: CAN-A d USA-A 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-11).
Final positions: 1. CAN-A; 2.USA-A; 3. USA-B; 4. CRC-A; 5. MEX; 6. CAN-B (Altomare / Gordon); 7. PUR; 8. ESA; 9. CRC-C; 10. NCA; 11. TTO; 12. ISV; 13. GUA; 14. LCA; 15. HON; 16. CRC-B; 17. DOM.
Men’s results (Nov. 24).
Semifinals: USA-A d CAN-A 2-1 (21-12, 18-12, 16-14); MEX d USA-B 2-1 (17-21, 21-18, 15-9). Bronze Medal: CAN-A d USA-B 2-1 (24-22, 16-21, 15-13); Gold Medal: MEX d USA-A (21-16, 19-21, 15-12).
Final positions: 1. MEX; 2. USA-A; 3. CAN-A; 4. USA-B; 5. CAN-B (Binstock / Schachter); 6. CRC-B; 7. ESA-B; 8. NCA; 9. LCA; 10. ARU; 11. DOM; 12. ESA-A; 13. CRC-A; 14. GUA; 15. JAM.