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Canadian teams dominate in NORCECA beach finale

Taylor Pischke and Melissa Humana (centre) won the women's gold medal of the tenth and final NORCECA Beach Volleyball tournament of the year
Courland, Trinidad and Tobago, November 18, 2014 - Canadian teams captured the gold medals in the NORCECA finale double gender beach volleyball tournament at Turtle Beach, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Melissa Humana and Taylor Pischke used a never-say-die attitude to claim the women’s title with a 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-7) victory over Cuba’s Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez.

“We had an amazing weekend of competition,” Humana said. “We played very well as a team and worked hard for each other and at the end of it we are satisfied with the outcome.”

Mexico’s Bibi Candelas and Martha Revuelta ended on a positive note after outplaying Lane Carico and Kevin McGiven-Dicelllo of United States 2-0 (21-18, 22-20) for the bronze.

In the men’s division, Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton completed a memorable weekend when they brushed aside Jacob Gibb and Casey Patterson of United States 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) for the gold.

“We had a great weekend of volleyball and it was capped off by winning the championship match,” Saxton said. “We knew it was going to be tough and to come up against our friends in the final was fun at the same time.”

Cuba’s Sergio Gonzalez and Nivaldo Diaz won the men’s bronze medal match against Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodriguez and Eric Haddock, 2-0 (21-13, 21-18).


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