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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 15, 2015
T&T duo of Fabien Whitfield and Daneil Williams
spiked a second ever bronze medal on the Norceca
Beach Volleyball Tour when they came from a set
down to beat Canada-B duo Dan Dearing and Garrett
May at the Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball
Complex in Tavares, Florida on Sunday.
Fifth placed finishers in the Fourth-leg at the end
of August in Varadero, Cuba, Whitfield and Williams
won the bronze medal, 18-21, 21-19, 15-12 to add to
a similar finish on home soil at Mission Beach, Toco,
T&T duo, Daneil Williams and Fabian Whitfield, stand proudly on the third place
spot on the medal podium after beating Canada in their playoff at the fifth leg of
the Norceca 2015 Beach Volleyball Circuit on Sunday. Mexicans Lombardo
Ontiveros and Juan Virgen won gold while Derek Olson and Jeremy Casebeer
USA-A, were second.
three years ago.
The showing by the local pair who returned home
yesterday capped off a run of nine tournaments, two
on the FIVB World Tour, Pan Am Games in Ontario,
Canada, two California Tournaments and four legs
of the Norceca 2015 Circuit.
Earlier on in the semifinal round, the T&T men,
winners of the CBVA s Manhattan Beach Open on
Sunday last, went under to Pan American Games
champions, Mexico s Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan
Virgen 20--22, 12-21.
It was the third defeat in-a-row for Whitfield and
Williams against the Central American in recent
times, after suffering a similar faith at the Pan Amer-
ican Games quarterfinal stage in July and the California
Cup gold medal match last month.
On Saturday, the T&T men who are through to
the next phase of qualification for the 2016 Rio
Olympics in Brazil as part of the four-member T&T
team won 21-16, 21-11 over Barbadians Elwyn Oxley
and Ronald Rice to improve to 3-0 in Pool C round-
This after they defeated Baydr Sajia and Jason
Cabral of Belize 21-13, 21-11 and David Mackenzie
and Jeffery Samuels of USA-C 21-17, 21-15 on Friday
in their first two matches.
However, with a chance at a perfect 4-0 record
in the five-team round-robin group, Whitfield and
Williams went under to Puerto Ricans, Sergio Figueroa
and Arnel Cabrera 21-18, 13-21, 11-15 to end with a
3-1 pool record, the same as their opponents and
USA-C duo Mackenzie and Samuels.
But the T&T pair ended at the top of the group
based on a points co-efficient ratio of 1.24 to USA-
C s 1.22 and Puerto Rico s 1.21 and in the quarterfinals
swept aside USA-B s Devon Hatcher and Andrew
Dentler 21-18, 25-23 by showing good energy before
the tournament had to be suspended for safety meas-
ures due to lightning and thunderstorms at Tavares.
Lombardo and Virgen went onto the win the gold
medal, 21-10, 21-18 over Derek Olson and Jeremy
Casebeer USA-A, for their second win of the sea-
The Mexicans had started the final day with a 21-
12, 14-21, 15-11 victory over David Mackenzie/Jeffery
Samuels in their quarterfinal which was postponed
from Saturday due to bad weather while Dearing
and May, Pool A winners ousted Guatemala s Erik
Flores and Wagner Chacon 21-7, 21-15 in their quar-
terfinal before losing to USA-A s Derek Olson and
Jeremy Casebeer 21-14, 24-26, 12-15 for a place in
The USA-A duo dumped Pool B defeated Figueroa
and Cabrera, 21-14, 21-8 in their last-eight meet-
In the women s competition, T&T pair Ayana
Dyette and Malika Davidson ended in 13th spot ahead
of US Virgin Islands Amber Bennett and Melanie
Valenciana on a a better points ration after their
playoff match was rained out.
This after the T&T women started Saturday with
a loss to Mexicans Zaira Orellana and Stephanie
Burnside 25-27, 8-21 to end with a 0-3 record in
Pool D after losing to Megan Nagy and Marie Lapointe
of Canada-B 12-21, 16-21 and USA-E s Sierra Sanchez
and Katherine Plessy, 9-21, 15-21 on Friday.
However, in their 13-16 semifinal, Dyette and
Davidson stopped Antigua and Barbuda s Nyota
Peters and Rosemarie Simon 21-14, 19-21, 15-10
USVI s Bennett and Valenciana also ended 0-3 in
Pool B round-robin play, but defeated Hondurans
Gina Flores and Martha Euceda 22-20, 21-15
USA-A Kimberly Dicello and Kendra Van Zwieten
won gold after beating USA-B s Delaney Knudsen
and Katie Spieler 21-17, 22-24, 15-10. It was Dicello s
first gold of the season and Van Zwieten s second.
The next stop on the tour is the sixth leg in Antigua
and Barbuda (October 7-12) followed by St Lucia
(October 14-19); Guatemala City (November 3-9)
and T&T (November 11-16).
Whitfield, Williams spike
Norceca vball bronze
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