2018-10-08 02:58:00 CEST

USA and Mexico dominate NORCECA Championships

A-Team and Gaxiola/Rubio on top in Boca Chica

Alix Klineman and April Ross celebrate their triumph in the Dominican RepublicAlix Klineman and April Ross celebrate their triumph in the Dominican Republic

The United States and Mexico took home the titles of the 2018 NORCECA Championships as the duos of April Ross/Alix Klineman and Josue Gaxiola/Jose Rubio topped the podium of the tournament in Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic, which reunited some of the best teams of the North and Central America and Caribbean region.

April and Alix, who are yet to celebrate one year of partnership, had an impressive straight-set (21-16, 21-18) victory over the Canadian tandem of Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson in the gold medal match.

Yasssss!๐Ÿฅ‡at our first Olympic qualification event ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ NORCECA Championships were a success โค๏ธ โ €โ € Thank you to the Dominican for hosting us at this beautiful location and to all the organizers and volunteers for keeping things running smoothly! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ โ €โ € Great job #ATeam! Not enough emojis to convey my gratitude ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

6,207 Likes, 63 Comments - April Ross (@aprilrossbeach) on Instagram: "Yasssss!๐Ÿฅ‡at our first Olympic qualification event ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ NORCECA Championships were a success โค๏ธ โ €โ €..."

The United States also secured the bronze medal of the tournament played in the Caribbean island thanks to Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, who prevailed in two sets (21-14, 21-19) against Cubans Arlin Hechavarria and Yanisleidis Sanchez.

In the men’s tournament, the final placed teams from Canada and Mexico face-to-face and the 21-year-old Gaxiola and Rubio came out on top after a three-set (22-20, 17-21, 15-13) triumph over veterans Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter.

The other Canadian team entered in the event, the one of Ben Saxton and Grant O’Gorman, finished third following a 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) over Americans Billy Allen and Ryan Doherty in the bronze medal match.

The tournament was part of the qualification process to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the champions earned 600 points each – 60 more than the runner-ups.

Gaxiola and partner Rubio won the gold medal for Mexico (Photocredit: NORCECA)Gaxiola and partner Rubio won the gold medal for Mexico (Photocredit: NORCECA)

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