Samuel Schatcher and Daniel Dearing win the NORCECA Tour Finals
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, December 11, 2022.- Samuel Schatcher and
Daniel Dearing of Canada won the 2022 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour
Finals in an extended 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-12) to Noslen Díaz and Luis
Alayo of Cuba on Sunday in Punta Cana.
Samuel Schatcher scored an ace to celebrate with Daniel Dearing their
gold medal win against a strong Cuban duo and the rough wind in Punta
Sam and Daniel lost to Díaz and Alayo in pool-play which added an extra
pressure in the anticipating final match.
After winning the gold, Daniel explained the difference between their
previous match against Cuba “watching painful video of losing a match
and readjusting, making corrections; it’s painful to watch your mistakes
and try to do better. Cuba is such a good team that it still came down
to a slim difference”.
Sam said “it was very difficult and exciting, Cuba is extremely
talented. I’m so blessed to have such a talented partner that did so
well and steady the entire time. It was windy out here and the
conditions were difficult to play in, the level was very high”. About
scoring an ace for the win he added “when it comes down to the wire, we
are very aggressive, we can live with our mistakes, and I went for it”.
Schatcher and Dearing reached the title match winning their semifinal to
Chaim Schalk and Theodore Brunner of the United States 2-0 (21-19,
21-17). While Díaz and Alayo came into the gold medal match after a
rough three-set win 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 16-14) to Juan Virgen and Miguel
Sarabia of Mexico.
Schalk and Brunner won the bronze medal to Virgen and Sarabia 2-0
In fifth place, Andy Blanco/Luis García of Guatemala defeated Jhostin
Varela/Daniel Dyner of Costa Rica 2-0 (21-14, 21-19). Earlier Varela and
Dyner beat Dominicans Oscar Martínez and Hayerling De Jesús 2-0 (21-17,
21-19) who ended the event in seventh place.
Bryce Mayer and Travis Lee of the U.S. Virgin Islands beat Franklin
Flores and Pepe Vargas of El Salvador 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) for ninth
place; while eleventh place went to Mark Blake and Owayne Lawrence of
Jamaica defeating Puerto Ricans Franco Roark/Lorenzo Rivera 2-0 (21-17,