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USA shut out of gold in Punta Cana

By Corinne Calabro | May 01, 2016, 10 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States was shut out of gold medals for both the men's and women's side for the second time on the NORCECA Continental Tour this season. From Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, two women's teams fought for positioning on the podium.

Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen finished with silver and were joined on the podium by Geena Urango and Angela Bensend, who earned bronze. In their fifth medal of the season, Taylor and Trevor Crabb picked up their first silver.

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Now with three NORCECA tournaments under their belts, Flint and Larsen have earned a medal of each color in their outings. For second place, the pair fell to Cuba's Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez 21-16, 21-19. To reach the final, the duo opened a clean 3-0 in pool play before a win in the quarterfinals that set them up for a matchup against Urango and Bensend. During the semifinals, Flint/Larsen beat their country mates a second time during the tournament, the first in pool, this time by a score of 22-20, 24-22.

Urango and Bensend opened 2-1 and rallied from their semifinal loss to top Canada's Julie Gordon/Brandie Wilkerson for bronze, 21-15, 22-20. The victory is the first international medal for both.

For the men, the Crabb brothers were scheduled in a pool of five teams and came out unscathed, 4-0. Ed Ratledge and Ty Loomis were 3-1 after pool play, both teams came away with wins in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Crabbs topped Ratledge/Loomis 21-19, 24-22 to head to the finale. There they lost their first gold medal match of the season, 21-16, 16-21, 15-12, to Cuba's Karell Pena/Daicel Quesada.

Ratledge and Loomis also fell in their final match of the tournament, losing a chance for bronze to Mexico's Josue Gaxiola/Jose Rubio, 21-19, 15-21, 15-13.

Changes have been made to the NORCECA Continental Tour, including the cancelation of several events. The Tour is scheduled to continue July 1-3 in North Bay, Canada.

RESULTS
Women | Punta Cana, April 29 – May 1
1. Leila Martinez/Lianma Flores CUB
2. Betsi Flint/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 | Grand Cayman, April 22-24
1. Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen
2. Karen Cope/Nathalia Alfaro CRC
3. Claudia Rios/Gloria Santoyo MEX
5. Geena Urango/Angela Bensend

Men | Grand Cayman, April 22-24
1. Taylor Crabb/Trevor Crabb
2. Michael Plantinga/Cameron Wheelan CAN
3. Ed Ratledge/Ty Loomis

Women | Tamarindo, April 15-17
1. Kelly Reeves/Ali McColloch
2. Yanisleidis Sanchez/Lidiannis Echeverria CUB
3. Betsi Flint/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. Ali McColloch/Kelly Reeves
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 Flint/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 Flint/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
July 1-3 North Bay, Canada
July 13-17 Varadero, Cuba
July 27-Aug. 1 San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Aug. 3-8 Boqueron, Puerto Rico
Sept. 29-Oct. 3 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Oct. 13-17 Pigeon Point, St. Lucia
Nov. 17-21 San Salvador, El Salvador
Nov. 24-28 Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago