NORCECA: MacTavish and Whitaker Golden Once Again in Costa Rica
Caleigh Whitaker and Kacie MacTavish won their second gold medal of the NORCECA season on Sunday in Costa Rica. The pair defeated USA-A of Heather Hughes and Lane Carico 21-17, 19-21, 15-11 in the finals, capturing their third medal of the year, adding to a gold in Guatemala, and a silver in Puerto Rico.
The pair will compete in the final NORCECA event of the year in Trinidad and Tobago to close out their season.
Simon Fecteau-Boutin and James Battiston were playing in their first international event as a pairing, after only getting together this fall, but that didn't stop this new partnership to hit the ground running.
The team dropped their semi-final in a 12-21, 21-18, 14-16 to USA-A of AVP legend John Hyden and former USC Trojan Tri Bourne. The pair rebounded nicely in the bronze medal game in another marathon, this time ending in their favour with a 24-22, 16-21, 15-13 over USA-B of Montgomery and Dorst, to capture their first international medal.
The 29-year old Battiston was internationally for the first time in Costa Rica. The York Lions Career Blocks leader spent some time as an Assistant Coach at Queen's University before getting a professional indoor contract with VB Klagenfurt in Austria in 2011, then moved to Draisma Dynamo of The Netherlands in 2012. He made the decision to make the transition to the beach this summer, and so far, it looks like it may have been the right decision!
Josh Binstock and Sam Schacter were definitely looking to get on the podium in Costa Rica, but after a surprising 2-1 loss to USA-B, then had to face Hyden and Bourne and USA-A in the quarterfinals, where they fell 21-15, 21-18.
Victoria Altomare and Julie Gordon were also playing their first event together. After pool play, they sat in second of Pool D, behind Puerto Rico. In the quarterfinals, they drew Hughes and Carico of USA-A, and fell 21-16, 21-10.