USA's Fonoimoana, Quiggle triumphant in Ocho Rios
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica, November 17, 2019 - USA’s Falyn
Fonoimoana and Corinne Quiggle, won a second straight
women’s gold medal when the 2019 NORCECA Beach Volleyball
Tournament, the tenth and final stop ended.
In the final, Fonoimoana and Quiggle, battled past Cubans
Lidiannis Echeverria and Yanisleidis Sanchez 2-1 (27-25,
15-21, 15-13) in five minutes short of an hour in a rematch
of the final from in Hato Mayo, which ended the same way as
It was a very see-saw match from the onset with USA racing
out to a 14-8 lead in the opening set, only for Cuba to draw
level at 14-14.
In fact the Cubans had the first chance at set point when
they led 20-19 and then had two more attempts, before USA
finally ended the set on their fourth attempt.
The Cubans enjoyed a much better start to the second set and
behind some timely attacks and block won the set comfortably
in a slight drizzle of rain as they threatened to mount a
serious turn-around.by setting up an interesting deciding
The third set was a replica of the first with USA racing out
to a 5-1 advantage only for the Cubans to pull within a
point at 14-13, before a ball into the net ended the contest
in the Americans favour.
Speaking after the win which followed their triumph in Hato
Mayo, Dominican Republic in the previous leg, Fonoimoana
said it was very important for them to build on their
“We are a new team and for us to continue to grow it was a
perfect way to end the season.
“I am very happy to be playing with her and it has been a
For Fonoimoana it was her fifth medal of the tour this
season, to add to her two silver medals won in Mexico and
Cayman Islands, as well as a bronze in Cuba, all with
previous partner Nicolette Martin while it was the third
medal for Quiggle who also won a silver this season with
Amanda Dowdy in Mexico.
In the semifinals, USA-A defeated Nicaraguans Swan Mendoza
and Lolette Rodriguez, 2-0 (21-12, 21-8) and Cuba stopped
Curacao’s Angjeny Tolentino and Leandra Savonije 2-0 (21-17,
Mendoza and Rodriguez ended with the bronze medals after
beating Tolentino and Savonije 2-1 (21-16, 17-21, 15-11).
Despite the loss, Curacao equaled the best ever showing of
fourth by a Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA)
team, which was done in 2011 by Trinidad and Tobago’s Nancy
Joseph and Elki Phillip.
USA-A d NCA 2-0 (21-12, 21-8), CUB d CUR2-0 (21-17, 21-11):
Losers Semifinals: GUA d CAN-A 2-0 (21-19,
21-18), ISV-A d CRC 2-0 (21-17, 21-14); Losers
Quarterfinals: JAM-A d TTO 2-1 (16-21, 21-14, 16-14),
CAN-B d ISV-B 2-0 (21-15, 22-20): Eleventh: TTO d
ISV-B 2-0 (21-18, 21-19): Ninth: CAN-A d JAM-A 2-0
(21-7, 21-16): Fifth: GUA d ISV-A 2-1 (15-21, 21-14,
15-13); Bronze: NCA d CUR 2-1 (21-16, 17-21, 15-11):
Gold: USA d CUB 2-1 (27-25, 15-21, 15-13)