First gold for MacTavish and Whitaker

 GUATEMALA CITY (April 21, 2013) -Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker of Sharon, Ont., claimed their first gold ever in the NORCECA beach volleyball Tour winning the Gatorade Guatemala BVB Tournament.

MacTavish/Whitaker defeated Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik of the U.S., in the gold match 21-17, 21-16. This is a huge win for them because it’s not only their first as partners but first individually. In semifinals they defeated Maria Jose Orellana and Lourdes Ramirez of Guatemala 21-14 in both sets.

“We are extremely excited, the event was awesome and we had a great time” said Caleigh Whitaker. “We are looking forward for a great season together”

Kacie MacTavish was also thrilled with the victory: “this motivates us because it means we’re doing things right. Our partnership begins with high expectations.”

Victoria Altomare and Sophie Bukovec of Toronto were seventh.

In men’s competition, Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgenare of Mexico defeated Karell Piña and Sergio Gonzalez of Cuba in the gold medal match 16-21, 21-16, 16-14.

Grant O’Gorman of Toronto and Sam Pedlow of Toronto were sixth and Cameron Wheelan of Barrie, Ont., and Mike Plantinga of Langley, B.C., were 18th.

More information: www.norceca.net and www.volleyball.ca