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
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)
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