Canadian pair May/Dunn captures first NORCECA Gold at La Paz
LA PAZ, Mexico, June 9, 2019.- Canadian pair Devon May and Darby
Dunn beat Mexican 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.
It was a roller-coaster win for Devon May and Darby Dunn that
started the actions with a solid performance and a comfortable
10-5 lead in set one, with consistency and scoring all over the
Mexico’s reaction in the second was tough, limiting their errors
and playing a totally different match, while May and Dunn seemed
distracted as Diana and Maria Jose crushed them by a huge 21-9
The Canadians had more precision in the third, they were back on
track reaching a comfortable 10-7 lead and remaining on top to
the finishing 15-10.
Darby Dunn said that they were very focused in the beginning “we
were focused in the contact in hand and played a very clean
first set, communicating very well. In the second set we tried
to speed things up too much and got a little ahead of
About finally winning Darby added “we just needed to take our
time and breathing, because volleyball is a very emotional
Devon May spoke about the difference from the first set to the
rest of the match “in the first we had a lot of energy but we
started to feel the fatigue little bit and 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; we expect to go to as much events as possible”.
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). As a team, this is their frist
NORCECA medal; for Stephanie Burnside it’s also her first medal,
while for Paulette it’s her third, she already has one silver
medal and another bronze with former partner Vanessa Virgen.
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
Cristin Alexander /Chante Smith-Johnson (Cayman Islands).
Women’s Results Sunday:
CAN-A d MEX-A 2-1 (21-13, 9-21, 15-10); Bronze Medal:
MEX-B d USA 2-0 (21-18, 23-21); Semifinals: MEX-A d MEX-B
2-0 (21-13, 21-15); CAN-A d USA 2-0 (21-11, 21-15); 5-6:
MEX-C d CAN-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-15); 7-8: NCA d ISV 2-0
(21-16, 21-15); 9-10: ESA d CAY 2-0 (21-9, 21-9);
Placing matches: CAN-B d NCA 2-0 (21-16, 21-14); MEX-C d ISV
2-0 (21-14, 21-12).