On the women’s side, all four American teams competing in the NORCECA Chula Vista event finished in the top five, but the spot they failed to snag? First place. That distinction was earned by Mexico’s Bibiana Candelas and Martha Revuelta thanks to a 16-21, 21-18, 15-8 defeat of Heather Hughes and Emily Day in the final. Hughes and Day beat fellow Americans Amanda Dowdy and Sarah Day in the semis 21-17, 21-14 to make it to the championship match. The former Loyola Marymount University teammates played on the beach together off and on through the 2012 season, winning the NORCECA Chula Vista event two years agotheir last competition as partners. Hughes won it again last year with Lane Carico.
Carico and her current partner Kim DiCello took third with a 21-15, 11-21, 16-14 win over Dowdy and Sarah Day in the bronze medal match.
On the men’s side, Avery Drost and Derek Olson earned the bronze medal win over Puerto Rican duo Roberto Rodriguez and Erik Haddock after a tough three-set loss to Canada’s Garrett May and Daniel Dearing in the semifinals.
Drost commented on the high level of competition at the tournament in an interview with USA Volleyball. It was the nastiest NORCECA pool Ive ever seen, he said.
The men’s gold medal match was an All-Canada showdown with May and Dearing defeating Cam Wheelan and Mike Plantinga, 20-22, 21-14, 15-11.
Americans Billy Allen and Trevor Crabb scored a fifth-place finish, while Marty Lorenz and Skyler McCoy ended up in seventh.