Virgen and Ontiveros seek third gold in a row
TOLUCA, Mexico, June 4, 2013 – Mexicans Lombardo Ontiveros and
Juan Virgen will be seeking for a third men’s consecutive
victory in the 2013 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit when the
stars of the sand get back into action at the double-gender
Toluca Tournament, the fourth competition of the year.
The feat has been accomplished three times in the history of the
circuit, twice by Virgen combined with Aldo Miramontes in 2009
and 2010 and by Puerto Rican Roberto Rodriguez with three
different partners in 2012.
Ontiveros and Virgen will be also defending champions in Toluca
as they won last year’s gold by defeating Cubans Karell Peña and
Sergio Gonzalez (21-15, 21-19) who will be again among the
With 18 gold medals to his credit, Virgen is the all-time leader
in victories, followed by countryman Miramontes, now paired with
Ulises Ontiveros, with 14 and the Cuban Gonzalez with 8. Puerto
Rican Roberto Rodriguez, who will be partnering with Hector Soto
this time, is next with six.
In the women’s side, Mexico’s Bibi Candelas, who took the gold
last year playing along Mayra Garcia, will be defending her
throne playing with new partner Martha Revuelta whom she
defeated with Vanessa Virgen 21-15, 21-11 in 2012.
The Mexican Candelas is currently tied with the now retired
Garcia and Puerto Rican Yarleen Santiago for the women’s
all-time record of gold medals with a total of nine.
Fifteen men’s pairs and Fifteen women’s duos have been
registered to take part in the fourth stop of the year,
following the tournaments of Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic
(Eargenell DeCuba/Mitchel Daniel), Bahamas (Byron
Ferguson/Princtanique Wilson), Barbados (Hugh Sealey/Darn
Gill), Canada-A (Grant O’Gorman/Sam Pedlow), Canada-B
(Simon Fecteau-Boutin/Ryan DeBruyn), Costa Rica (Esteban
Escobar/Jonathan Guevara), Cuba (Karell Peña/Sergio
Gonzalez), Dominican Republic (Luis Castillo/Alex
Medina), Mexico-A (Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen),
Mexico-B (Aldo Miramontes/Ulises Ontiveros), Nicaragua
(Dany Lopez/Gerson Contreras), Puerto Rico (Roberto
Rodríguez/Héctor Soto), Trinidad & Tobago (Simon Blake/Daneil
Williams), United States-A (Bradley Keenan/John Mayer),
United States-B (Casey Jennings/Stafford Slick).
(Kacie MacTavish/Caleigh Whitaker), Canada-B (Alexandra
Woodley/Sophie Bukovec), Cayman Islands (Cristin
Alexander/Jessica Wolfenden), Costa Rica (Ingrid Morales/Natalia
Alfaro), Curacao (Christine Anthony/Samira Luis),
Dominican Republic (Diana Peguero/Nairobi Agramonte), El
Salvador (Diana Romero/Marcela Ávalos), Honduras
(Gina Flores/Martha Euceda), México-A (Bibiana
Candelas/Martha Revuelta), México-B (Vanessa
Virgen/Stephanie Burnside), México-C (Olivia
,Nicaragua (Elia Torres/Swan
Mendoza), Trinidad & Tobago (Nancy Joseph/Patricia
Woodrofe), United States-A (Heather Hughes/Summer Ross),
United States-B (Whitney Pavlik/Emily Day).