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Mexicans Ontiveros and Virgen set new NORCECA record

Mexico's Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen (centre) won their sixth gold medal of the season at NORCECA Circuit
San Jose, Costa Rica, November 25, 2013. – Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen set a new all-time NORCECA record of victories in a season by claiming their sixth gold medal of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit in Costa Rica on Sunday.

Ontiveros and Virgen won a thrilling three-set battle against the USA-A Team of John Hyden and Tri Bourne 21-16, 19-21, 15-12.

The Mexicans broke the old record of five wins established y Virgen himself playing with Aldo Miramontes in 2010. They have won now in Boca Chica (Dominican Republic) Guatemala, Varadero (Cuba), Mazatlan (Mexico), Boqueron (Puerto Rico) and Costa Rica. 

On their road to the final, Ontiveros/Virgen edged William Montgomery and James Drost of USA-B 17-21, 21-18, 15-9 while and Hyden/Bourne defeated CAN-A of Simon Fecteau-Boutin and James Battiston 21-12, 18-12, 16-14. 

Virgen couldn’t contain his enthusiasm: “I’m very pleased. It was more a psychological strategy than a skillful one; losing the second set made me and Lombardo to want it even more. We controlled ourselves very well to face their pressure”. 

For Ontiveros the victory was team effort. “We’re setting a new record working together as a team; today I made some bad judgment calls in the second set but with Juan’s support we came back to win. Breaking a record motivates us as players and as a team to continue forward”.

CAN-A of Fecteau-Boutin/Battiston won the bronze medal to Montgomery/Drost of USA-B in a well disputed 24-22, 16-21, 15-13 victory.

In the women’s field, Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker of CAN-A won the women’s gold medal.

MacTavish and Whitaker beat Heather Hughes and Lane Carico of USA-A in the final on a windy Sunday afternoon by 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-11). 

In the semifinals MacTavish/Whitaker defeated Traci Daley and Allison Fleming of USA-B 21-19, 21-12, while Hughes/Carico scored a 2-0 (21-14, 21-11) victory over Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro of Costa Rica-A. 

Daley and Fleming of USA-B won 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) over Costa Ricans Cope and Alfaro in the bronze medal match. 

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