Americans Malaney/Can grab gold medals at La Paz

LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, May 15, 2022 – USA team of Kaitlyn Malaney and Carley Can claimed the women’s title of La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament following their 48-minute 2-1 (18-21, 23-21, 15-8) victory over Puerto Ricans Allanis Rodriguez and Allanis Navas on Sunday night.


In semifinals Rodríguez/Navas defeated Mexicans Atenas Gutierrez and María Quintero 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) while Malaney/Can edged fellow Americans Megan Gebhard and Savannah Simo 2-0 (26-24, 21-19).


The bronze medal went to Gebhard/Simo who outplayed Gutiérrez/Quintero 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-11) in 45 minutes.


In the classification matches for the 5-8 positions, Anna Feore and Anna Licht defeated Maud Chapleau and Shanice Marcelle 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-9) in a clash between Canadians. Also, Abril Flores and Esperanza Albarrán advanced with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) win over their Mexican compatriots María Ibarra and Alejandra Villavicencio.


Thirteenth place went to Costa Ricans Angel Williams and Ximena Nuñez and eleventh position was attained by Yvonne Soler and Laura Molina of El Salvador who defeated Chauna Kelly and Petal Smith of Jamaica 2-0 (21-10, 21-12).


Natalia Girón and Paola Alvarado took ninth place with a 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) over Taylor Buckner and Cristina Almeida of U.S. Virgin Islands.


Feore/Licht forfeited their match against Flores/Albarrán for fifth place and the match for seventh position was dominated by Chapleau/Marcelle 2-0 (21-14, 21-15).