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Two U.S. teams reach podium at NORCECA Varadero

By Corinne Calabro | July 17, 2016, 4:22 p.m. (ET)

MEN'S RESULTS ( PDF) | WOMEN'S RESULTS (PDF)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - On the NORCECA Continental Tour, the U.S. earned its 13th women's and 11th men's medals of the season, in Varadero, Cuba.

Betsi Metter and Kelley Larsen earned their fourth medal of the year and second silver. Miles Evans and Spencer McLachlin took bronze, their best finish on the year.

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The finishes this week in Cuba mark just the third time in 2016, and since Nov., 2014, that a U.S. team in either gender did not earn a gold medal. The U.S. leads all countries in medal count on this year's tour, including for gold for the women, who have accumulated five among four teams.

In their fourth NORCECA event of the year, Metter and Larsen opened the weekend with a 2-1 record in pool play. In the quarterfinals, the duo faced USA's Skylar Caputo and Corinne Quiggle, beating them 21-23, 21-12, 18-16.

In the semifinals, Metter/Larsen topped Canada's Brandi Wilkerson/Julie Gordon in two, 21-18, 21-17, setting up the gold medal match against the host country. It marked Metter and Larsen's third trip to the gold medal match this season, this time for a consecutive silver medal after falling to Cuba's Yanisleidis Sanchez/Lidiannis Echeverria, 13-21, 21-19, 15-10.

Caputo and Quiggle, in their debut NORCECA event, were 2-1 after pool play before falling in the quarterfinal. From there they defeated Mexico from the loser's bracket, 21-13, 21-8 to earn a spot in the fifth-place match. For fifth, they beat Canada in two, 21-9, 21-14.

Evans and McLachlin followed their female counterparts, going 2-1 in pool play as well. In the quarterfinals, the duo dispatched the Virgin Islands in two sets before falling in three to Canada's top team of Mike Plantinga/Cam Wheelan in the semifinal, 19-21, 21-12, 15-10.

For the third time in 2016, Evans and McLachlin found themselves in the bronze medal match, this time turning it around to reach the podium. The duo beat Cuba's 10-seed Liosbel Mendez/Yendris Castillo, 21-12, 21-18.

There are four events remaining on the 2016 NORCECA Continental Tour. The U.S. has one more Playoff, on Sept. 7, for spots in two of the final four events.

RESULTS
Women | Varadero, July 15-17
1. Yanisleidis Sanchez/Lidiannis Echeverria, CUB
2. Betsi Metter/Kelley Larsen
3. Brandie Wilkerson/Julie Gordon CAN
5. Skylar Caputo/Corinne Quiggle

Men | Varadero, July 15-17
1. Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez CUB
2. Mike Plantinga/Cam Wheelan CAN
3. Miles Evans/Spencer McLachlin

Women | North Bay, July 1-3
1. Sara Hughes/Kelly Claes
2. Brandie Wilkerson/Julie Gordon CAN
3. Kelly Reeves/Ali McColloch

Men | North Bay, July 1-3
1. Marty Lorenz/Adam Roberts
2. Christian Redmann/Felipe Humana-Paredes CAN
3. Mike Plantinga/Cam Wheelan CAN
4. Miles Evans/Spencer McLachlin

Women | Playoff #3 | May 25, 2016
1. Sarah Hughes/Kelly Claes
2. Kelly Reeves/Allison McColloch
3. Kerri Schuh/Branagan Fuller

Men | Playoff #3 | May 25, 2016
1. Adam Roberts/Marty Lorenz
2. Miles Evans/Spencer McLachlin
3. Kevin McColloch/Avery Drost

Women | Punta Cana, April 29 – May 1
1. Leila Martinez/Lianma Flores CUB
2. Betsi Metter/Kelley Larsen
3. Geena Urango/Angela Bensend

Men | Punta Cana, April 29 – May 1
1. Karell Pena/Daicel Quesada CUB
2. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb
3. Jose Rubio/Josue Gaxiola MEX
4. Ed Ratledge/Ty Loomis

Women | Punta Cana, April 29 – May 1
1. Leila Martinez/Lianma Flores CUB
2. Betsi Metter/Kelley Larsen
3. Geena Urango/Angela Bensend

Men | Punta Cana, April 29 – May 1
1. Karell Pena/Daicel Quesada CUB
2. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb
3. Jose Rubio/Josue Gaxiola MEX
4. Ed Ratledge/Ty Loomis

Women | Tamarindo, April 15-17
1. Kelly Reeves/Ali McColloch
2. Yanisleidis Sanchez/Lidiannis Echeverria CUB
3. Betsi Metter/Kelley Larsen

Men | Tamarindo, April 15-17
1. Michael Plantinga/Cameron Wheelan CAN
2. Daneil Williams/Fabien Whitfield TRI
3. Andy Leonardo/Luis Garcia GUA
4. Spencer McLachlin/Miles Evans
5. Michael Boag/Hawk Hatcher

Women | La Paz, April 8-10
1. Julie Gordon/Brandie Wilkerson CAN
2. Kelly Reeves/Ali McColloch
3. Kendra Vanzwieten/Kimberly DiCello

Men | La Paz, April 8-10
1. Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez CUB
2. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
3. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb

Women | Sonora, April 1-3
1. Kendra Vanzwieten/Kimberly DiCello
2. Julie Gordon/Brandie Wilkerson CAN
3. Kelly Reeves/Ali McColloch

Men | Sonora, April 1-3
1. Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez CUB
2. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
3. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb

Women | Guatemala City, March 10-13
1. Kelly Reeves/Ali McColloch
2. Julie Gordon/Brandie Wilkerson CAN
3. Leila Martinez/Lianma Flores CUB
6. Kendra Vanzwieten/Kimberly DiCello

Men | Guatemala City, March 10-13
1. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb
2. Jose Rubio/Josue Gaxiola MEX
3. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick

Women | Playoff #2 | March 9, 2016
1. Betsi Metter/Kelley Larsen
2. Geena Urango/Angela Bensend
3. Kelly Reeves/Allison McColloch

Men | Playoff #2 | March 9, 2016
1. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb
2. Ed Ratledge/Ty Loomis
3. Billy Kolinske/Ty Tramblie

Women | Playoff #1 | Feb. 17, 2016
1. Kelly Reeves/Allison McColloch
2. Kendra Vanzwieten/Kimbery DiCello
3. Betsi Metter/Kelley Larsen

Men | Playoff #1 | Feb. 17, 2016
1. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb
2. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
3. Avery Drost/Billy Kolinske

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NORCECA Continental Tour – Dates and locations subject to change
Aug. 5-7 Boqueron, Puerto Rico
Oct. 14-16 Pigeon Point, St. Lucia
Nov. 18-20 San Salvador, El Salvador
Nov. 25-27 Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago