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Alex Mena and Kianny Araya surprisingly reach AFECAVOL U-21 Women’s Semifinals


PUERTO JIMENEZ, Costa Rica, September 2, 2017. - Alex Mena and Kianny Araya of Costa Rica-2 surprisingly reached the AFECAVOL U-21 Beach Volleyball Central American women’s semifinals to be held on Sunday at Playa Preciosa in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.


Alex Mena and Kianny Araya had finished pool-play win-less and grabbed their semifinal spot after surprisingly coming from behind to beat Guatemala-2 of Laura Quiñonez/Kimberly Cardona in quarterfinals 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-9).


The other hosting team, Vivian Hernandez and Angel “Macha” Williams (CRC-1) reached the semifinals after winning their quarterfinal match to Guatemala-1 of Paola Alvarado and Maria Fernanda Juarez 2-0 (21-12, 21-13). The home team had topped pool B after defeating Lourdes Luga/Guisell Garcia of Nicaragua-2 without difficulties 2-0 (21-13, 21-7).


Katherine Montealto/Anielka Alonso of Nicaragua-1 and Laurens Alvarez/Xue Murillo of Honduras-1 complete the final four after winning their respective quarterfinal matches. Katherine and Anielka beat Honduras-2 of Lois Pinnace/Cecille Johnson 21-14 all, while Laurens and Xue prevailed over Nicaragua-2 of Lourdes Lugo/Guisell Garcia 2-0 (21-15, 21-17).


Earlier, Montealto/Alonso (NCA-1) and Alvarez/Murillo (HON-1) finished pool A first and second place respectively.


In Sunday’s semifinals, Vivian and “Macha” of Costa Rica-1 will face Honduras-1 of Laurens and Xue, while Alex and Kianny of Costa Rica-2 will meet Katherine and Anielka of Nicaragua-1.


Women’s Results Day 2 Saturday September/2:

Pool A: NCA1 d CRC2 2-0 (21-19, 21-12); HON1 d GUA1 2-1 (21-12, 17-21, 15-13); Pool B: GUA2 d ESA 2-0 (21-17, 21-14); CRC1 d NCA2 2-0 (21-13, 21-7); NCA2 d ESA 2-0 (21-11, 21-16); CRC1 d HON2 2-0 (21-12, 21-12); QF: NCA-1 d HON2 2-0 (21-14, 21-14); CRC1 d GUA1 2-0 (21-12, 21-13); HON d NCA2 2-0 (21-15, 21-17); CRC2 d GUA2 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-9)