August 25, 2013
Young Canadians win women’s gold in Varadero
VARADERO, Cuba, August 25, 2013 – Young Melissa Humana and
Taylor Pischke of Canada-A showed all their talent in winning
the women’s crown of the Varadero Beach Volleyball Tournament,
the fifth stop of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit, with a victory over
the top team of Cuba. Humana and Taylor had to face the strong resistance from Lianma
Flores and Leila Martínez but at the end relied on their finesse
touching the ball and good defense to win 2-1 (29-31, 21-18,
15-12) in the longest match of the competition that lasted 1
hour and 14 minutes. The North American duo, winners of the bronze medal in the U19
Beach Volleyball World Championship.
August 25, 2013
Ontiveros and Virgen triumph again
VARADERO, Cuba, August 25, 2013 – The Mexican duo
of Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen scored a convincing
victory over Josh Binstock and Samuel Schachter of Canada-B to
take the gold medal of the Varadero Beach Volleyball Tournament,
the fifth leg of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit. Ontiveros and Virgen won 21-14, 21-14, following
a 21-18, 21-19 semifinal’s victory over the Canadian pair of
Grant O’Gorman and Samuel Pedlow. It was the third gold medal of the year for the
Mexican pair who also won in Dominican Republic and Guatemala.
Virgen grabbed his 19th gold medal (25th overall).
August 24, 2013
Canada’s women teams are in the semifinals
VARADERO, Cuba, August 24, 2013 – The two pairs of Canada and
the top duos of Mexico and Cuba advanced to the women’s
semifinals of the Varadero Beach Volleyball Tournament, the
fifth stop of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit. The local tandem of Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez will meet
in center court Canadians Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker,
who triumphed this year in Guatemala. The other semifinal has
Mexicans Martha Revuelta and Bibi Candelas playing Canadians
Melisa Humana and Taylor Pischke. In the quarterfinals phase, Flores-Martinez saw off countrywomen
Maylen Delis-Yanisleidis Tamayo 21-10, 21-16 while MacTavish-Whitaker
survived a thrilling.
August 24, 2013
Mexicans Ontiveros-Virgen seeking a third crown
VARADERO, Cuba, August 24, 2013 – Mexicans Lombardo Ontiveros
and Juan Virgen, winners in Dominican Republic and Guatemala
this year, are in the final four round of the Varadero Beach
Volleyball Tournament, the fifth leg of the 2013 NORCECA
Circuit. In Sunday’s action, Ontiveros-Virgen will play the Canada-A team
of Grant O’Gorman and Samuel Pedlow. The other semifinal match
has Cubans Karell Piña and Sergio González, silver medalists in
Guatemala, playing Canadians Josh Binstock and Samuel Schachter. In the quarterfinals, Ontiveros-Virgen scored a 21-13, 21-16
victory over the duo of Piña-Gonzalez.
August 23, 2013
Revuelta and Candelas survive scary opening match
VARADERO, Cuba, August 23, 2013 – Favorites Martha Revuelta and
Bibi Candelas opened with two victories in Pool C of the
Varadero Beach Volleyball Tournament, the fifth stop of the 2013
The skilled Mexicans had to work to the limits to win their
first match of Friday in a thrilling three-setter (22-20, 19-21,
15-13) over the resilient local pair of Lianma Flores and Leila
Martinez of Cuba-A.
Revuelta and Candelas then cruised to a comfortable 21-12, 21-12
victory against Puerto Ricans Eva Toruellas and Lina Bernier.
The Canada-B team of Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker,
winners in Guatemala this year, won their two matches in Pool A.
August 23, 2013
Cubans Díaz-Castillo upset favorites Puerto Ricans
VARADERO, Cuba, August 23, 2013 – Young Nivaldo Diaz and Yendri
Castillo of Cuba-B produced the biggest surprise in Day One of
the fifth stage of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit in
defeating the experienced Puerto Rican duo of Roberto Rodriguez
and Erick Haddock in three close sets 21-18, 19-21, 15-13. Diaz
and Castillo, debutants in the circuit, continued with a 2-0
(21-4, 21-12) victory over Jamaicans Gatasheu Bonner and
Christopher Walter in just 24 minutes.
August 20, 2013
Beautiful Varadero to welcome NORCECA beach volley
VARADERO, Cuba, August 19, 2013 – For third consecutive year the
beautiful surroundings of the international famous beach of
Varadero in Cuba welcome the best beach volleyball players of
the region from August 23-25 as the 2013 NORCECA Circuit resumes
the actions following a two-month hiatus. Twenty-one men’s pairs
and sixteen women’s duos are announced to compete in the area of
Punta Hicacos where the official venue Blau Privilege Cayo
Libertad Hotel is located. Arnaldo Sanchez, the technical
director of the circuit, informed that the women will compete in
a preliminary four-pool play with the top two ranked teams from
each pool advancing to a single elimination bracket. On the
other hand, the men will play in a double elimination
tournament. More Español
August 6, 2013
Varadero confirmed as fifth stop of NORCECA Circuit
HAVANA, Cuba, August 6, 2013 – Varadero has been confirmed as
the site for the fifth stage of the 2013 NORCECA Beach
Volleyball Circuit to take place from August 21-26.
The famous tourist beach area will host the continental
competition for third consecutive year, announced Mireya Luis,
who is in charge of the beach volleyball division of the Cuban
The Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad Hotel, located at Punta Hicacos,
has been designated as the official hotel.
Three pairs in both genders are going to represent Cuba while a
good number of foreign competitors are expected to take part.
During the first four tournaments of the current season, Cuba
has participated only in the men’s division with the duo of
Karel Peña and Sergio Gonzalez.