Cubans Díaz González claim men’s gold in Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala, May 4, 2014 - Cubans Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez captured the men's gold medal at the Gatorade Guatemala Beach Volleyball Tournament, the second stop of the 2014 NORCECA Tour by defeating William Montgomery and Stafford Slick of USA-A in straight sets 21-17, 21-15.
Diaz/Gonzalez had a strong start and finished even stronger making their debut in the 2014 season a remarkable one. Newcomer Nivaldo Diaz won his first medal at the NORCECA Tour, with experienced partner Sergio Gonzalez who now holds nine gold medals in the history of the competition.
“Nivaldo has many qualities, he’s fast and has great height; today against USA he proved he has a lot to show for” the outgoing Gonzalez said. “I’m happy to be back in action and hopefully with more wins to celebrate”.
With a humble attitude and a little shy, Nivaldo said: “I’ve been playing since the age of 12 and I’m excited to be part of this competitive event”.
Diaz/Gonzalez reached the gold medal match defeating Roberto Rodriguez/Erik Haddock of PUR in the semifinals by 2-0 (21-16, 21-10) While Montgomery/Slick prevailed in their semifinal against Derek Olson/Kevin McColloch of USA-B in a three setter 19-21, 21-17 and 19-18.
Winning the bronze medal, Puerto Ricans Roberto Rodriguez/Erik Haddock defeated Derek Olson/Kevin McColloch USA-B by 2-0 (21-14, 21-18).
Sunday's men results:
Semifinals: CUB d PUR 2-0 (21-16, 21-10); USA-A d USA-B 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 19-18); USA-A d USA-B 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 21-19). Bronze Medal Match: PUR d USA-B 2-0 (21-14, 21-18); Gold Medal Match: CUB d USA-A 2-0 (21-17, 21-15); Final Standings: 1. CUB; 2. USA-A; 3. PUR; 4. USA-B; 5. CAN-B; 6. ARU; 7. GUA-B; 8. GUA-A; 9. ESA; 10. CAN-A; 11. CRC; 12. NCA; 13. LCA; 14. GUA-C; 15. TTO.