SANTIAGO, Chile, October 26, 2023. Cuba and Brazil will feature in a dream final with a taste of revenge in the Men’s Beach Volleyball Tournament of the Pan American Games Santiago 2023, to be held on Friday at Parque Peñalolén.
Noslen Díaz/Jorge Alayo from Cuba and George/André from Brazil will face each other again here in Santiago. Cuba defeated Brazil in three sets in pool-play.
To reach the final, Díaz/Alayo defeated Logan Webber/Hagen Smith from the United States 2-0 (21-15, 21-13). Alayo’s net reach and Diaz’s defense made the difference against the Americans who progressed to semifinals undefeated.
Meanwhile, George/André won 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) against cousins Marcos and Esteban Grimalt from Chile, the current champions. A great defense from George and André’s blocking kept the Grimalts under control, and they won’t be able to defend the title they earned four years ago in Lima, Peru.
Cuba will seek its second gold medal in the history of the Pan American Games, while Brazil is the most successful with two gold medals, the last one in 2011.
In matches for positions 5-8, Miguel Sarabia/Juan Virgen from Mexico battled to win 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 16-14) against Dany León and Marcos Tenorio from Ecuador. Meanwhile, Jake MacNeil/William Russell from Canada won 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) against the Capogrosso brothers, Nicolás and Tomás (ARG). Mexico and Canada will play for fifth place.
Matches Friday October 27
For 7th place: Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T. (ARG) vs. Leon/Marcos (ECU)
For 5th place: Sarabia/Virgen (MEX) vs. MacNeil/Russell (CAN)
For the bronze medal: Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI) vs. Smith/Webber (USA)
For the gold medal: Diaz/Alayo (CUB) vs. George/Andre (BRA)
Results Thursday, October 26
Leon/Marcos (ECU) 1-2 (14-21, 21-16, 14-16) Sarabia/Virgen (MEX)
MacNeil/Russell (CAN) 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) Capogrosso N./Capogrosso T (ARG)
For 11th place: Giuliano/Gonzalo (PAR) 2-0 (21-14, 22-20) Salvatierra/Calvo (BOL).
For 9th place: Hannibal/Llambías (URU) 2-1 (15-21, 25-23, 15-12) Noriega/Murray (COL).