Silver for Canadian Men’s Beach Pair at NORCECA Event

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Men’s pair picks up NORCECA beach silver

By Jackie Skender

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, April 24, 2016 – Canada’s Cameron Wheelan and Mike Plantinga picked up their second 2016 NORCECA beach medal in a row – this time a silver – at the Cayman Island Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fifth stop of the 2016 circuit.
 
Brothers Taylor and Trevor Crabb of United States-A claimed their second gold medal of the season and third overall by defeating Wheelan (Barrie, ON) and Plantinga (Langley, BC) of Canada-A on Sunday afternoon. The brothers defeated the Canadian pair, winners of the gold medal at the previous event in Costa Rica, in three sets 2-1 (23-25, 21-13, 15-11).
 
In the semifinals, the eventual champions eliminated Ed Ratledge and Ty Loomis of United States-B 2-0 (21-6, 22-20). Wheelan/Plantinga advanced after a battle that lasted over an hour with fellow Canadians Aaron Nusbaum and Ryan Vandenburg 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 16-14).  Nusbaum and Vandenburg finished fourth.
 
The team of Ratledge/Loomis took the bronze medal with a 2-0 (21-15, 22-20) victory over Nusbaum and Vandenburg.
 
Megan Nagy of Bredenbury, SK, and Marie-Christine Lapointe of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, finished as the top Canadian women’s team at sixth overall.
 
Men’s Final Positions: 1. USA: 2. CAN: 3. USA; 4. CAN; 5. TRI: 6. GUA; 7. CRC: 8. ESA: 9. NCA; 10. ISV; 11. HON; 12. SKN; 13. CAY; CUR; JAM.
 
Sunday Men’s Results
Gold Medal: USA-A d CAN-A 2-1 (23-25, 21-13, 15-11). Bronze Medal: USA-B d CAN-B 2-0 (21-15, 22-20). Semifinals: USA-A d USA-B 2-0 (21-6, 22-20), CAN-A d CAN-B 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 16-14). Losers Quarterfinals: ISV d HON 2-0 (21-19, 21-14), NCA d SKN 2-0 (21-13, 21-14). Losers Semifinals: TRI d CRC 2-1 (21-23, 22-20, 15-11), GUA d ESA 2-1 (21-12, 11-21, 15-6). Fifth Place: TRI d GUA 2-0 (19-21, 21-15, 15-10). Seventh Place: CRC d ESA 2-0 (21-9, 21-18). Ninth Place: NCA d ISV 2-0 (26-24, 21-13). Eleventh Place: HON d SKN 2-0 (21-11, 21-12).

Women’s Final Positions: 1. USA; 2. CRC; 3. MEX; 4. CAY; 5. USA; 6. CAN; 7. TRI; 8. NCA; 9. CAN (Gordon/Wilkerson); 10. ESA; 11. JAM; 12. HON; 13. BIZ; CAY; ISV; SKN.

Sunday Women’s Results
Gold Medal: USA-A d CRC 2-0 (21-19, 22-20). Bronze Medal: MEX d CAY-A 2-0 (21-8, 21-7). Semifinals: CRC d MEX 2-0 (21-15, 21-17), USA d CAY 2-0 (21-10, 21-12). Losers quarterfinals: ESA d JAM 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-9), CAN-A d HON 2-0 (21-6, 21-12).Losers semifinals: USA-B d NCA 2-0 (21-8, 21-12), CAN-B d TRI 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-10). Fifth Place: USA-B d CAN-B 2-0 (21-7, 21-14). Seventh Place: TRI d NCA 2-1 (17-21, 21-18, 17-15). Ninth Place: CAN-A d ESA 2-0 (21-10, 21-11). Eleventh Place: JAM d HON 2-0 (21-17, 21-18).

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