Americans sweep gold in St. Lucia

By Corinne Calabro | Oct. 18, 2015, 11:13 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the second time this season, Irene Pollock and Caitlin Ledoux won gold on the NORCECA Continental Tour, picking up the top prize in St. Lucia. Amanda Dowdy and Heather McGuire earned bronze and Trevor and Taylor Crabb won men's gold.

This week's tournament marked the second gold for Pollock and Ledoux, who won the North Bay, Canada, event in early August. The victory for the Crabb brothers is the first career win for both.

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Sunday's win for the American women extends the streak to a U.S. women's team winning gold on the 2015 NORCECA Tour to six consecutive. Pollock and Ledoux went 3-0 in pool play before meeting Dowdy and McGuire in the semifinal. Rallying from behind, the eventual gold medalists won the set in three, 16-21, 21-11, 15-12. They would take another three sets in the finale, topping Costa Rica after falling in the first frame, 15-21, 21-19, 15-11. It's the second career gold for Pollock and second international gold for Ledoux.

Dowdy and McGuire earned their bronze medal after handily beating Nicaragua 21-14, 21-9. The podium finish is their best team finish internationally in 2015 and a career best for Dowdy.

With the gold from the Crabb brothers, it put the first victory on the USA men's board for the season, the first since Todd Rogers and Theo Brunner won two in 2014.

Trevor and Taylor swept Guatemala 21-16, 21-16 in the gold medal match. After a 3-0 start in pool play, they advanced to the semifinals where they faced Trinidad and Tobago. They earned their way into the title match by winning the semis, also with a score of 21-16, 21-16.

Women’s Results St. Lucia| Oct. 18
1. Irene Pollock/Caitlin Ledoux
2. Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC)
3. Amanda Dowdy/Heather McGuire

Men’s Results St. Lucia
1. Trevor Crabb/Taylor Crabb
2. Andy Leonardo/Luis Garcia (GUA)
3. Fabien Whitfield/Daneil Williams (TTO)

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