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Costa Rica and El Salvador top Women’s competition


MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 6, 2017. - Costa Rica with Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro and El Salvador with Kathya Vasquez/Maria Fernanda Vargas are the top two teams to advance directly into the women’s semifinals at the Beach Volleyball tournament of the 2017 Managua Central American Games.


The Olympic team Cope and Alfaro received a bye into the semifinals after concluding the preliminary round unbeaten, with 5-0 win-loss record. In their last outing, Cope/Alfaro managed a comfortable 2-0 (21-12, 21-15) victory over Paola Alvarado and Estephany Bethancourt from Guatemala.


“One step at a time, that’s our way of looking at things. We’ve reached our first goal and we are prepared to face either Guatemala or Honduras in semifinals” said Natalia.


Also moving into semis, Kathya Vasquez and Maria Fernanda Vargas struggled to pocket their fourth victory by 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-10) over Jarisa Hynds and Christianne Etches of Honduras who took them by surprise and put up a good performance.


Maria Fernanda Vargas said to be excited to have reached the semifinals “we must think about the positive outcome of these past days, even if today wasn’t our best performance”.


Hosts Swan Mendoza and Lolette Rodriguez won easily to Panama’s Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi Caballero 2-0 (21-8, 21-5), finishing in third place.


Women’s quarterfinals feature Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodriguez of Nicaragua facing Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi Caballero from Panama and Paola Alvarado/Estephany Bethancourt of Guatemala against Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches of Honduras.


In semifinals, Cope/Alfaro await for the winner between Guatemala and Honduras, while Vasquez/Vargas will face the winner between Nicaragua and Panama.


Women’s results Wednesday December 6:

Kathya Vásquez/María Fernanda Vargas (ESA) d Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches (HON) 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-10); Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC) d Paola Alvarado/Estephany Bethancourt (GUA) 2-0 (21-12, 21-15); Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA) d Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi Caballero (PAN) 2-0 (21-8, 21-5).