Second consecutive Gold for Cubans Gonzalez/Diaz
ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, Guatemala, May 11, 2014.- Cubans Sergio
Gonzalez and Nivaldo Diaz beat Roberto Rodriguez/Eric Haddock of
Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) to win their second consecutive
Gold of the season at the first Gatorade Antigua Guatemala BVB,
the third stage of the NORCECA Tour.
Gonzalez/Diaz finished the tournament undefeated showing a
strong performance all the way to the Gold Medal match. Puerto
Ricans Rodriguez/Haddock started off with good defense and
blocking but as the match developed they lacked concentration.
“We feel good playing together, we’re preparing hard for the
Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz and what better
way than reaching the final of the NORCECA tour” said Sergio
For Sergio Gonzalez this is his eighth gold medal in the NORCECA
Tour and for newcomer Nivaldo Diaz things look bright as it’s
his second gold medal in his second tournament. The duo will
register for the next two stages to be held in Mexico at Colima
(May 28-June 2) and Toluca (June 4-9).
Nivaldo Diaz indicated “we knew Puerto Rico was going to give us
work but we stayed calm to reach our goal, it’s difficult to win
but much more difficult to stay on top”.
Cubans won their semifinal to
Cameron Wheelan/Micheal Plantinga of CAN-B by 2-0 (21-15,
21-15), while Roberto Rodriguez/Eric Haddock of PUR defeated
Simon Fecteau Boutin/James 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) Battiston of
In the Canadian battle for the bronze medal
Plantinga of CAN-B beat 2-0 (21-17, 21-14)
Simon Fecteau Boutin/James
Battiston of CAN-A.
Men’s results Sunday: Gold Medal Match:
CUB d PUR 2-0 (21-15, 21-13); Bronze Medal Match: CAN-B d
CAN-A 2-0 (21-17, 21-14); Semifinals: CUB d CAN-B 2-0
(21-15, 21-15); PUR d CAN-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-15); Final
CUB; 2. PUR; 3. CAN-B; 4. CAN-A; 5.
USA-A; 6. ESA; 7. UASA-B; 8. GUA-B; 9. GUA-A; 10. ESA-B; 11. NCA;
12. CRC; 13. GUA-C; 14. HON; 15. CAY; 16. TTO.