Argentina and the United States for the gold medal
LIMA, Peru, July 29, 2019 - Argentina with Ana Gallay/Fernanda
Pereira, will defend the Pan American women's beach volleyball
title by advancing to the end of the XVIII Lima Games 2019 where
they will face Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon, from States United.
Gallay/Pereira beat Maylen Deliz and Leila Martínez of Cuba 2-0
(21-19, 24-22), while Cook/Pardon beat 2-0 (24-22, 21-16) Angela
Lavalle/Carolina Horta, from Brazil.
Gallay, gold medalist in Toronto 2015, showed a great defense,
as well as a serve that put Cubans in trouble, which despite
erasing a six point deficit in the first set (6-12), could not
find the way to close.
Argentina started leading 4-0 and improved to 12-6, advantage
they lost after six consecutive points of Cuba... the parity
remained until 19, with Cuba sending the ball out of bounds at
the last point.
In the second set, equality remained until 19 points, with
Gallay showing off his defense, and a failed serve from Cuba
allowed them to take the lead and liquidate the match with a
Meanwhile, Cook/Pardon, from the United States, traced a 12-18
drawback in the first set to tie it to 18 and maintain equality
until the close when his service made a difference. In the
second set, they arrived with a 17-12 advantage, thanks to four
services followed by Cook and Brazil did not have a better
chance in the second round.
Ana Gallay: “We are dying of the feeling we have, the best
feeling we can have. The key was the serve, there was pressure
from both sides, we knew that some time they were going to fail
and they gave us that little gift, so I can only say that I am
happy. A year and a half ago, I thought the sport was over, but
I found a crazy guy like me and here we are. ”
Fernanda Pereira: “Cuba played well, they moved well in
block-defense, it was hard for us to look where they were
standing, then we began to receive a little better, further on,
we sharpened the assembly and we could see them better. The
finals are played and won by giving everything one hundred
percent, each ball is a final. ”
Karissa Cook: “At the beginning we started very low, we were
very patient, I was a little nervous, but we managed to
understand our game. Brazil played very hard, the strong serve
and it was difficult to defend, so we had to concentrate.
Jace Pardon: "Our service was very good and the defense we
managed to keep always safe helped us."
Semifinal: ARG def CUB 2-0 (21-19, 24-22); USA def BRA 2-0
Place 5-8: CHI def CRC 2-0 (21-10, 21-9); COL def PAR 2-0
(21-19, 21-16). Place 9-10: CAN def PER 2-0.