Mexico’s Ontiveros and Virgen Pan Am Gold Medalists in Toronto



TORONTO, Canada, July 21, 2015. -  Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen became the Men’s Beach Volleyball Gold medalists at the Toronto Pan American Games defeating Brazil’s Alvaro Magliano and Vitor Araujo with a spectacular comeback 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15-8)


Ontiveros and Virgen had another inspiring night, with good team effort and great communication. The duo celebrated Mexico’s first Pan Am title running to the full stands of the Chevrolet stadium to hug their coach Salvador “Chava” Gonzalez.


The actions of the Gold medal match were very tight at the beginning, there was no clear dominant but Alvaro and Vitor showed strong kills and defense, audacity overall to win the first set. Mexico began their route into the Gold in the second set; they were more assertive which led them to take an eight point advantage. At the conclusion of set two, Alvaro Magliano fell down bad while spiking and had to ask for a five minute medical break before beginning the tiebreaker.


In the third set, Brazil engaged in three consecutive errors and Mexico gained confidence and a huge advantage. Everything went well for the Mexican tandem with Virgen blocking and Ontiveros defending and spiking effectively.


Ontiveros said “I want to congratulate Brazil, they are a splendid team. For us the tournament wasn’t easy, we came from less to more. It feels incredible, we are making history for Mexico’s beach volleyball, thank you for all our supporters back home and here”.


Virgen expressed “our comeback was great, they were in control but with my partner we worked together in our game plan. It is a wonderful feeling”.


Also reaching the Pan American podium, were Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez of Cuba, winning the bronze medal to Marcos and Esteban Grimalt of Chile by 2-1 (18-21, 25-23, 15-12). It was a close match with thrilling actions from both sides; in the end, the team with the fewer errors took the bronze.


Sergio Gonzalez said "we played with no mistakes and that is very important; it was a beautiful game. This is how you win."



Gold Medal Match

Lombardo Ontivers and Juan Virgen MEX defeated Alvaro Magliano and Vitor Araujo 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15-8)


Bronze Medal Match

Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez CUB defeated Marco Grimalt and Esteban Grimalt CHI 2-1 (18-21, 25-23, 15-12)


5-6 position: URU d ARG 2-0 (21-11, 21-18);  7-8 position: PUR d CAN 2-0 (21-0, 21-0)


Men’s Final Positions: 1. MEX; 2. BRA; 3. CUB; 4. CHI; 5. URU; 6. ARG; 7. PUR; 8. CAN; 9. TTO; 10. VEN; 11. USA; 12. NIC; 13. ESA;14. LCA; 15. ARU; 16. GUA