Costa Rica and El Salvador to compete for Women’s Beach title
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 7, 2017. - Karen Cope/Natalia
Alfaro of Costa Rica and Kathya Vasquez/Maria Fernanda Vargas of
El Salvador will compete for the women’s Beach Volleyball title
of the eleventh Central American Games Managua 2017.
The first duo to arrive into the title match was Kathya Vasquez
and Maria Fernanda Vargas of El Salvador winning their semifinal
match to hosts Swan Mendoza and Lolette Rodriguez 2-0 (21-17,
Kathya and Maria Fernanda benefited from numerous opponent
errors while taking more control of the actions as the game
advanced, jumping into an early five point lead in the first
set. With powerful spikes, Swan and Lolette scored interesting
points but Kathya and Maria Fernanda did not allow them to push
closer with excellent defense.
With tears of joy, Maria Fernanda said “there are no words to
express our excitement; we have worked hard ever since we
started to play at the senior category. Already locking a silver
medal is enough award for our hard work and many years of
Swan and Lolette had defeated Stiphany Lezcano and Keysi
Caballero of Panama 2-0 (21-7, 21-6) in quarterfinals.
The Olympic team of Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro had a smooth
victory over Guatemala’s Paola Alvarado and Estephany
Bethancourt 2-0 (21-9, 21-14). They played with a dominant
performance and controlling every skill over the Guatemalan duo
who had beaten Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches of Honduras 2-1
(15-21, 21-14, 15-13) in an exciting quarterfinal match.
This is Natalia’s second title match of the Games and Karen’s
first. The duo won in July their fourth consecutive AFECAVOL
Central American Championship, they won the NORCECA Continental
Championship and the ticket to the Olympic Games of Rio 2016; in
addition of competing in two consecutive World Championships,
as well as several World Tour events.
“As I’ve said before, we focus on one match at a time, we go
step by step and today we’ve reached another important goal in
our career; let’s hope that we can win the gold medal” said
Women’s Results Thursday December 7:
Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA) d Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi
Caballero (PAN) 2-0 (21-7, 21-6); Paola Alvarado/Estephany
Bethancourt (GUA) d Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches (HON) 2-1
(15-21, 21-14, 15-13); SF: Kathya Vásquez/María Fernanda
Vargas (ESA) d Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA) 2-0 (21-17,
21-18); Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC) d Paola Alvarado/Estephany
Bethancourt (GUA) 2-0 (21-9, 21-14).