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Canadians Broder & Bukovec winners in Ocho Rios


OCHO RIOS, Jamaica, June 25, 2017 – Jamie Broder and Sophie Bukovec of Canada-A concluded a perfect weekend by dominating Cubans Lianma Flores and Yanisleidis Sanchez 2-0 (21-18, 21-7) in the match for the gold medal at Ocho Rios Beach Volleyball Tournament, the third stop of NORCECA Circuit.


The North Americans advanced to the dispute for the gold after a victory over compatriots Helen Rancourt and Sarah Meunier-Bedard 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) in one of the semifinals after going undefeated through Pool B and winning five matches in total.


Lianma and Yanisleidis advanced to the title’s match after defeating Karissa Cook/ Katherine Spieler (USA-A) 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) in the penultimate phase of the event.


Cook and Spieler claimed the bronze medal by defeating Rancourt y Meunier-Bedard 2-0 (21-18, 21-13).


In her debut in the circuit this year, Bukovec expressed her pride for winning alongside Jamie, a multiple winner in the circuit with different partners and ninth at the Olympic Games 2016 with Kristina May.


“Thanks to NORCECA Circuit I have been able to develop, win the continental cup and reach Rio de Janeiro, an incredible experience since my family and friends accompanied me to Brazil,” Broder said.


Sophie recalled that “when I was 16 I knew about the circuit, now coming back at 21 the triumph is beautiful. We prepared well and we will be also in the next stop in Varadero, a location I know as a vacationer, so now will be different.”


The other positions: 5.- Jace Pardon/Lara Dykstra  (USA-B); 6.- Zaira Orellana/Stephanie Burnside (MEX); 7.- Lina Bernier/Eva Torruella (PUR);  8.- Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt  (GUA); 9.- Natalia Alfaro/ Karem Cope (CRC); 10.- Kai Wright/Tsahai Williams (JAM); 11.- Melanie Valenciana /Amber Bennett (ISV); 12.- Camila Moreno/Franchesca Santana (DOM).