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Canadian pair captures first NORCECA gold at La Paz

LA PAZ, Mexico, June 9, 2019 - Canadian beach volleyball pair Devon May and Darby Dunn beat Mexicans Diana Valdez and María José Quintero 2-1 (21-13, 9-21, 15-10) to capture their first ever NORCECA gold medal; winning the fifth stage of the event at La Paz, Baja California Sur in Mexico.

May said, “in the first (set) we had a lot of energy but we started to feel the fatigue a little bit and it was really hot; there was a lot to think about and they were playing really good so we had to up our game and we did our best today. It was such a fun match.”

In the bronze medal match, Mexicans Stephanie Burnside and Paulette Cruz beat Devon Newberry and Peri Brennan of United States 2-0 (21-18, 23-21). 

Canada’s Mathew Donovan and Fiodar Kazhamiaka finished fourth in the men’s event.

Women’s standings:  

Final Positions: 1. Devon May/Darby Dunn (Canada-A); 2. Diana Valdez Lizarraga/María José Quintero (Mexico-A); 3. Stephanie Burnside/Paulette Cruz (Mexico-B); 4. Devon Newberry/Peri Brennan (United States); 5. Claudia Rios/Gloria Santoyo (Mexico-C); 6. Iris Fletcher/Abbey Thorup (Canada-B); 7. Socorro Lopez/Lolette Rodriguez (Nicaragua); 8. Melanie Valenciana/Cristina Almeida-Anz (U.S. Virgin Islands); 9. Kathya Vasquez/Ma. Fernanda Vargas (El Salvador); 10. Cristin Alexander /Chante Smith-Johnson (Cayman Islands).

 

Men’s standings: 

Final Positions: 1. Miguel Angel Sarabia/Raymond Stephens (Mexico-A); 2. Kyle Friend/Travis Mewhirter (United States); 3. Andy Leonardo/Luis Garcia (Guatemala); 4. Mathew Donovan/Fiodar Kazhamiaka (Canada-B); 5. Ruben Mora/Dany López (Nicaragua); 6. Sebastian Valenciano/Andrey Quintero (Costa Rica); 7. Bryton Codd/Francis Hauze (Belize); 8. Jesus Alcazar/Francisco Tamayo (Mexico-B);  9. Angel Cardenas/Juan Espinoza (Mexico-C); 10. Liam Kopp/Gabriel Burlacu (Canada-A); 11. Carlos Escobar/David Vargas (El Salvador); 12. Richard Campebell/Nathan Dack (Cayman Islands); 13. Jon Isaacs/Muller Petit (Bahamas); 14. Jorday Lake/ Miguel Lopez (U.S. Virgin Islands); 15. Shawb Seabrookes/Everson Browne (St. Kitts and Nevis).

 

For more on the NORCECA beach circuit, see www.norceca.net