Cope and Alfaro capture Women’s Beach Gold
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 8, 2017. - Karen Cope and Natalia
Alfaro of Costa Rica captured the women’s gold medal of the
eleventh Central American Games Managua 2017 defeating Kathya
Vasquez and Maria Fernanda Vargas of El Salvador at the beach
volleyball court Salvador Allende.
Karen and Natalia’s well organized strategy and skillful
performance prevailed without setbacks over Kathya and Maria
Fernanda 2-0 (21-13, 21-15). The Olympic duo of Karen and
Natalia showed their experience over the young team from El
Kathya and Maria Fernanda never stopped trying to keep on Karen
and Natalia’s rhythm, but their efforts came on short.
This is Costa Rica’s second consecutive gold medal, for a total
of three since beach volleyball was included in the Games; in
2001 Costa Rica won the silver medal. This is Natalia’s second
gold medal and the first for Karen in beach volleyball; she
previously won two gold medals in volleyball.
Natalia was pleased to say that this victory comes as a gift in
such difficult moments “first of all we dedicate this medal to
Ingrid Morales, she has gone the extra mile to support us, we
hope she keeps on adding more victories for Costa Rica. Our
budget was cut off this year and we struggled a lot to keep on
practicing; we have our own jobs during the day and we had to
practice at nights. I am very excited to win a second
consecutive gold medal; it’s not easy to keep in shape”.
Karen fell into tears “it’s a different feeling to win in beach
volleyball; we have sacrificed a lot of things. It is really
In the bronze medal match, hosts Swan Mendoza and Lolette
Rodriguez stormed past Paola Alvarado and Estephany Bethancourt
of Guatemala 2-0 (21-9, 21-14). Swan and Lolette’s performance
was firm, managing to keep the Guatemalan duo with little
options to recover.
Swan won the silver medal for Nicaragua in the past edition of
the Games, the first for her country; and after winning the
first bronze for Nicaragua she said “I thank God to give these
medals to my country. It’s not the medal we were aiming for and
not the one we worked so hard to win; I am not pleased but I’m
happy with the bronze because we add to the general medal
counting and we reached the podium”.
1. Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC); 2.
Kathya Váquez/María Fernanda Vargas (ESA); 3. Swan Mendoza/Lolette
Rodríguez (NCA); 4. Paola Alvarado/Estephany Bethancourt (GUA);
5. Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches (HON); 6. Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi
Women’s Results Friday December 8:
Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches (HON) d Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi
Caballero (PAN) 2-0 (21-9, 21-10); Bronze Medal Match:
Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA) d Paola Alvarado/Estephany
Bethancourt (GUA) 2-0 (21-9, 21-14); Gold Medal Match:
Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC); Kathya Váquez/María Fernanda
Vargas (ESA) 2-0 (21-12, 21-15).