RCI St. Lucia
posted on October 14, 2013 07:30
The USA- B team of David Mc Kensie and Austin Rester starved off a spirited Canada – A outfit of Andrew Hinchey and Ryan Vandenburg 2-1 ( 21-23, 25-23, 15-8), to claim the first place in the men’s segment of the ninth leg of the 2013 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit closed off here on Sunday.
Both teams which featured six footers , gave the involved crowd at the venue much to shout about as it edge of then seat stuff, trading points in the three setter championship match.
And, it was a revenge for the Americans who suffered at the hands of Hinchey and Vandenburg in their opening match on Friday, 2-0.
In reflecting on their journey in the tournament, Mc Kensie said: “For us it was a little bit challenging because we did not train much together before the tournament … Our first match was really bat, but we started to put it together as the tournament progressed.”
Mc Kensie said they also had to battle with the sporadic weather as at times it was very hot and at other times there was rain.
His partner Rester thought it was a proud achievement for them since they were able to beat teams who possess better rankings than they on the circuit.
“The level of play was good and the overall tournament was great”, Rester stated in review.
En route to the title match Mc Kensie and Rester outplayed the Guatemalan combination of Andy Blanco and Erick Garrido 2-0 ( 21-13, 22-20), while Hinchey and Vandenburg off loaded the number seed- Mexico’s Ulises Ontiveros and Tomas Aguilera also 2-0 ( 21-16, 21-16)
In the third place play off Ontiveros and Aguilera out-pointed Blanco and Garrido 2-1( 21-15, 22-20, 15-9), to grasp the bronze medal.
The St. Lucian team of Julian Bissette and Joseph Clercent laced 9th, Gilian Octave and Coen Caesar placed 12th, while Dania Hamilton and Samantha Mann placed 8th, with Jamilla Lansiquot and Kerin Neptune finishing off in 12th place.
Next weekend St. Luica’s will see more beach volleyball action as the St. Luica Volleyball Association will host the 2014 ECVA Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball Qualifier, October 17-20 outside the Pigeon Island National Park. Teams from the likes of St. Vincent and Antigua will compete for a spot in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics.
Semifinals- USA d GUA 2-0 ( 21-13, 22-20), CAN-A d MEX 2-0 ( 21-16, 21-16). Third Place Play Off- MEX d GUA 2-1 ( 21-15, 22-20, 15-9). FINAL :USA-B d CAN-A 2-1( 21-23, 25-23, 15-8). Consolation play – SLU d DOM 2-1 ( 17-21, 21-19, 15-7)