OCHO RIOS, Montego Bay, Jamaica, November 17, 2019: USA-B’s Paul Lotman and 17-year-old Miles Partain captured the men’s title when the tenth and final stop of the 2019 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour concluded.
In a very tense final against Nicaraguans Ruben Mora and Denis Jose Luis, Lotman and Partain battled for every ball, with the former even slamming into the scorers’ table on their way to a come-from-behind 2-1 (16-21,21-15, 15-13) in 49 minutes.
The elated duo playing for the first time on the tour had earlier in the morning session defeated countrymen Chaim Schalk and Jeremy Casebeer of USA-A, who won the previous leg, 2-1 (21-15, 15-21, 15-12) while the Nicaraguans beat Canada-A’s Liam Kopp and Jake Mac Neil, the latter of whom was second in Hato Mayor with Simon Fecteau-Boutin, 2-0 (21-16, 21-13).
Commenting on their win, Partain said, “I went into the tournament without any fear despite being so young.
“I just came out to play and do my best in every match,” said Partain.
Lotman added, “The event was a very well put together one and for me and my team-mate it was aa great experience.
“For us to play together was great and to get to the final first time and win was even better,”ended Lotman.
In the bronze medal match, Schalk and Casebeer won 2-0 (21-13, 21-14).
Semifinals: NCA d CAN-A 2-0 (21-16, 21-13), USA-B d USA-A 2-1 (21-15, 15-21, 15-12);
Losers Semifinals: JAM-A d GUA 2-0 (21-17, 21-19), PUR d TTO 2-0 (21-17, 21-18);
Losers Quarterfinals: CAN-B d CRC 2-0 (21-19, 22-20), ISV d ESA 2-1 (21-18, 22-24, 13-15):
Eleventh: ESA d CRC 2-1 (12-21, 21-19, 15-8),
Ninth: CAN-B d ISV 2-0 (21-10, 21-12),
Seventh: TTO d GUA 2-0 (22-20, 21-14),
Fifth: PUR d JAM-A 2-0 (21-15, 26-24);
Bronze: USA-A d CAN 2-0 (21-13, 21-14);
Gold: USA-B d NCA 2-1 (16-21, 21-15, 15-13)
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