Mexico’s Sarabia/Stephens win at La Paz in first ever NORCECA
LA PAZ, Mexico, June 9, 2019.- Mexico’s Miguel Angel Sarabia and
Raymond Stephens won La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament in their
first ever NORCECA Tour Gold Medal match 2-0 (21-15, 21-18)
victory to Kyle Friend and Travis Mewhirter of United States.
Miguel Angel Sarabia and Raymond Stephens were smart, showed
confidence and did not miss the opportunity to move ahead from
the start (5-2, 10-8, 17-11). They were tough over the net in
the first set and despite USA’s good defense they kept calm.
Kyle and Travis managed their best performance in set two,
keeping the score always close and tied on numerous occasions.
Mexico wasn’t that dominant as the beginning as the game gained
velocity. It was until reaching a two point lead (18-16) that
Miguel Angel and Raymond pushed further.
“We are glad, grateful for the fans support” said Raymond
Stephens. About their consistency while winning he expressed “we
studied our opponent because we faced them in pool-play, we
planned our strategy and executed it from the beginning”.
For Miguel Angel Sarabia, the win comes from their great desire
to win “we fought with all our energy, this is a preparation for
the U-21 World Championship and we are taking a lot of
experience. Raymond gives me confidence and I give energy,
excitement, we are a good pair”.
Winning back to back medals, Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia of
Guatemala reached their second podium of the season, this time
winning the bronze medal to Canada’s Mathew Donovan and Fiodar
Kazhamiaka 2-0 (26-24, 21-15). Andy and Luis won the silver
medal in Nicaragua; as a team this is their fourth medal, they
have two silver medals and two bronze.
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);
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).
Men’s Results Sunday:
MEX-A d USA 2-0 (21-15, 21-18); Bronze Medal: GUA d CAN-B
2-0 (26-24, 21-15); Semifinals: MEX-A d CAN-B 2-0 (21-14,
21-14); USA d GUA 2-1 (20-22, 21-10, 15-9); 5-6: NCA d
CRC 2-0 (21-17, 21-15); 7-8: BIZ d MEX-B (forfeit);
9-10: MEX-C d CAN-A 2-1 (21-10, 18-21, 15-7); 11-12:
ESA d CAY 2-0 (21-16, 21-13); Placing matches: CAN-A d
CAY 2-0 (21-5, 21-7); MEX-C d ESA 2-0 (21-11, 25-23); NCA d BIZ
2-0 (21-17, 21-12), CRC d MEX-B 2-1 (14-21, 23-21, 15-4).