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Canada and USA reign at opening Cayman Islands event

Richard Van Huizen (left) and Josh Binstock of Canada combined efforts to win gold at the first NORCECA Beach Volleyball event of 2011

Georgetown, Grand Cayman, March 27, 2011 – Canada's Richard van Huizen and Josh Binstock defeated Puerto Rican pair Roberto Rodriguez and Christopher Underwood 21-19, 21-14 to take home the men's gold medal at the Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball Tournament on Sunday.

It was a gutsy performance by Van Huizen who battled with cramps in both legs all day and had to play two three-setters before the final. "I struggled in the first set but then I felt 100 per cent in the second," he said. "I controlled what I could control and managed myself physically.

"I have had to deal with these issues before and as soon as I arrived today I knew it was going to be a tough day for me with the hot weather," Van Huizen added.

In the women's field, Brooke Hanson and Lauren Fendrick of USA-1 claimed the title following a straight-set victory (21-13, 21-14) over Martha Revuelta and Xitlali Herrera of Mexico-1.

In the men's bronze-medal match, Mexico's Ulises and Lombardo Ontiveros battled hard to overcome Canada's Martin Reader and Chaim Schalk in three sets (21-16, 15-21, 15-12).The women's bronze medal went to Canadian duo Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney who beat Puerto Rico's Yarleen Santiago and Dariam Acevedo 21-18, 21-14.

Men's event
Quarterfinals: MEX d. USA-1 (21-17, 21-13), CAN-1 d. USA-2 (19-21, 21-16, 16-14), PUR-2 d. PUR-1 (21-18, 21-14), CAN-2 d. DOM (21-16, 24-26, 15-11).
Semifinals: CAN-1 d. MEX (19-21, 21-17, 15-8), PUR-2 d. CAN-2 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13).
Bronze-medal match: MEX d. CAN-2 (21-16, 15-21, 15-12).
Gold-medal match: CAN-1 d. PUR-2 (21-19, 21-14).

Women's event
Quarterfinals: MEX-1 d. CRC (21-17, 21-14), PUR-1 d. USA-2 (19-21, 21-16, 15-13), USA-1 d. MEX-2 (21-10, 21-14), CAN-1 d. GUA (21-19, 21-12). Semifinals: MEX-1 d. PUR-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-11), USA-1 d. CAN-1 (21-17, 21-17).
Bronze-medal match: CAN-1 d. PUR-1 (21-18, 21-14).
Gold-medal match: USA-1 d. MEX-1 (21-13, 21-14).


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