Mexico’s big guns aiming at Boca Chica
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 27, 2013 – Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Bibi Candelas, owners of several of NORCECA Beach Volleyball records, are registered to play in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, during the Easter weekend.
Virgen, the all-time winningest player in the history of the circuit, is among the pre-tournament favorites, the second stop of the year.
Virgen, who teams up with Lombardo Ontiveros, won fourteen of his 16 crowns playing alongside with now retired Aldo Miramontes. The duo Virgen/Ontiveros won twice last year.
The resident of Nayarit, who turns 26 on April 9, holds most of the all-time NORCECA records in the men’s category, including most victories in a season with five in 2010 and most podiums (7) in 2011.
The 1.98 meters Virgen, has been on the podium 21 times, including four silvers and one bronze, only behind of Puerto Rican Roberto “Rafu” Rodríguez, who has collected 24 (six golds) and is the defending champion in Boca Chica.
Virgen won his first tournament in 2008 in Guatemala and shares with Rodriguez and Miramontes the record for most consecutive wins (3) something he has done twice.
His compatriots Bibi Candelas and Martha Revueltas, also competing in Boca Chica starting on Friday, are among the best women players of all-time in the regional circuit.
Candelas, silver medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara and who played for most of her career with Mayra Garcia, has been partnering with Revueltas since last year.
Candelas shares with Puerto Rican Yarleen Santiago the record for most career wins with 9 gold medals while Revuelta has the most overall medals with 21 (one gold, nine silvers and 11 bronzes).
The preliminary rounds of the Boca Chica Beach Volleyball Tournament are scheduled on Friday and Saturday with the semifinals and medal matches on Sunday.