2023 NORCECA: Mexico dethrones USA at NORCECA Cayman Islands
Juan Virgen alongside Miguel Sarabia of Mexico won the third phase of the NORCECA Tour in Cayman Islands defeating Jake Urrutia and Ian Sutterfield of the United States.
The Mexican duo beat last year's champions here in Cayman Islands Jake Urrutia - Ian Satterfield 2-0 (21-15, 21-16). They dominated the first set without a problem, but in the second set they came back from a disadvantage.
Olympian Juan Virgen has several titles in different NORCECA events, he has been one of the few players that keeps competing in the tour, although he is active in FIVB events.
Americans, Jake Urrutia / Ian Satterfield reached the final, dominating Guatemala’s Andy Leonardo / Luis Garcia without complications 21-19, 21-10.
The Mexican semifinal could not be completed when Gabriel Cruz was injured and wasn’t able to continue playing with Jorge Barajas. Therefore, Juan Virgen and Miguel Sarabia advanced to the championship match.
Third place went to the Guatemalans Leonardo/Garcia.
Mens Semifinals – Urrutia / Satterfield (USA) d. Blanco / García (GUA) (21-19, 21-10); Sarabia / Virgen (MEX) d. Barajas / Cruz (MEX) (injury); 11th place – Kwasny / Rodriguez (ISV) d. Hodge / Seabrooke (SKN) (24-26, 21-17, 15-13); 9th place – Kemp / Gannett (CAN) d. Cascante / Lopez (NCA) (21-17, 21-15); 7th place – Flores / Guatemala (ESA) d. Macneill / Russell (CAN) (forfeit); 5th place – Kolinske / Smith (USA) d. Williams / Whitfield (TTO) (21-10, 21-10); 3rd place – Blanco / Garcia (GUA) d. Barajas / Cruz (MEX) (injury); Championship Match – Virgen / Sarabia (MEX) d. Urrutia / Satterfield (USA) ( 21-15, 21-16)