Canada’s Reader and Sewell win gold at NORCECA beach volleyball tournament

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Martin Reader of Comox, B.C., and Ray Sewell of Calgary defeated Puerto Ricans Orlando Irizarry and Joseph Gil 21-17, 18-21, 15-8 to win the gold medal in men’s competition on Sunday at the season opening stop on the 2010 NORCECA beach volleyball circuit.

Both finalists went to the limit in their respective semi final matches. Reader and Sewell edged compatriots Maverick Hatch of Comox and Ben Saxton of Calgary 11-21, 21-18, 15-10 while the Puerto Ricans edged Jeff Moran and Ivan Mercer of the U.S., 14-21, 21-14, 15-10.

The bronze medal went to Americans Moran and Mercer who scored an exciting 21-15, 12-21, 19-17 victory over Hatch and Saxton.

In women’s competition, Puerto Ricans Yarleen Santiago and Dariam Acevedo won the gold medal defeating Brooke Langston and Heather Lowe of the U.S.,  21-14, 21-18. Earlier on Sunday, the Puerto Ricans scored a 21-16, 21-18 semi final victory against Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto 21-16, 21-18.

The women’s bronze went to Mexicans Martha Revuelta and Vanessa Virgen who defeated the Canadians 21-14, 21-17.

The NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit continues next weekend in El Salvador followed by stops in Santo Domingo and Guatemala.