Chetumal to host first of two Mexican FIVB World Tour events
The World Tour returns to Chetumal in Mexico from November 13 to 17.
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With both cities located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea, Chetumal will host the FIVB World Tour from November 13-17 as the international beach volleyball circuit returns to the port city for the second consecutive season.
The inaugural Chetumal event was held in mid-October 2018 and featured women's play only where Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson topped the podium by posting a gold medal win over American rivals Caitlin Ledoux/Geena Urango in the finals.
Bansley and Wilkerson are scheduled to return to defend their title along with 2018 Chetumal bronze medal winners Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States. The Canadians defeated Sweat and Walsh Jennings in the 2018 Chetumal semifinals.
Both the Chetumal and Cancun events will feature $300,000 in prize money along with being part of the qualifying process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where the 800 points for winning each gender's gold medal will benefit a team’s provisional ranking and seeding.
Mexico's top entrants in Chetumal will be 2016 Rio Olympians Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen and the women's pair of Zaira Orellana/Martha Revuelta, who placed fifth at the 2018 Chetumal event.
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Ontiveros and Virgen, the only men's or women's team from Mexico to win a medal on the FIVB World Tour, started playing together in 2012 and have competed in 88 international events highlighted by gold (2015) and silver (2019) medal finishes at the Pan American Games,
On the World Tour, Ontiveros and Virgen have collected two silver and four bronze medals in 61 appearances with the first podium placement being at the 2014 Puerto Vallarta Open in 2014 with a third place finish. The Mexican pair has also claimed 12 titles and 17 medals together on the NORCECA circuit.
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