Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Costa Rica advance to Quarterfinals


LIMA, Peru, July 27, 2019.- Two exciting South American duels will take place in the quarterfinals of the women's beach volleyball tournament of the XVIII Pan American Games Lima 2019, with Chile challenging Argentina and Brazil to Colombia.


The other two semifinalists will leave the games between Paraguay and the United States, in addition to Cuba and Costa Rica.


Yuli Ayala raised her arms to the sky and ended on her knees in the sand when the last point fell ... the Colombian duo of Ayala and Diana Ríos, won 2-1 (15-21, 21-14, 15-10) to A complicated Canada by Amanda Harnett / Marie Lapointe, supported by Ayala's good defense, plus security in the touches of Rios above the Canadian blockade.


Another match played was the victory of Paraguay (Patricia Caballero / Michelle Valiente) 2-1 (13-21, 21-16, 16-14) over Mexico (Zaira Orellana / Marta Revuelta), who were superior in the first set, but Knight / Brave took their courage to flip the board.


For its part, Chile with María Francisca Rivas / Pilar Mardones defeated Peru 2-0 (21-11, 21-17) with Lisbeth Allcca / Medalyn Mendoza, who pressed in the second set.


In Central American duel, Costa Rica with Valeria Valenciano / Marcela Araya, won 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) to Nicaragua (Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez).



María Francisca Rivas of Chile: “I love playing with the rival who is at home, that makes us good, we feel encouraged. We are happy for the work done on the court, tomorrow it is expected to be an entertaining match against Argentina. ”


Pilar Mardones of Chile: “They (Argentina) have almost a year and a half playing together, we know them well, we have played with them in the South American tournaments, now we are going to rest, analyze their matches and do our job tomorrow” .


Yuli Ayala of Colombia: “I come from a very strong knee injury, many doctors did not give me the chance to be here and I think winning a game is like winning the World Cup. Very grateful to God who has me standing here and doing what I like the most is beach volleyball. ”


Diana Ríos of Colombia: "The key was the attitude of having peace of mind to be able to define, because I feel that we are doing our homework, disabling them from the service, we needed to improve in K1, because in K2 we were making more points."


Michelle Valiente of Paraguay: “If we know the United States, although we have only faced them once a long time ago, we have to watch the matches of this tournament. We are going to play the same way and try to move on to the next stage. ”


Patricia Caballero of Paraguay: “I imagined this moment for a long time, I imagined that it would be that complicated because we did not know the rival, because the way of facing the game changes. In the bad times we stayed together and that was what helped us close well. ”


Quarter Final Games

Cuba vs Costa Rica 9:00 a.m.

Argentina vs Chile at 9:50 a.m.

Brazil vs Colombia 12:20 p.m.

United States vs Paraguay 1:10 p.m.


Saturday results

Classification to the quarterfinals: CRC def. NCA 2-0 (21-14, 21-16); CHI def. PER 2-0 (21-11, 21-17); COL def. CAN 2-1 (15-21, 21-14); PAR def. MEX 2-1 (13-21, 21-16, 16-14). Place 13-16: ESA def. GUA 2-0 (21-15, 22-20); TTO def ISV 2-0 (21-8, 21-10): Position 15-16: GUA def ISV 2-0 (21-17, 21-8).