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Costa Rica and Guatemala unbeaten at Managua men’s BVB


MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 4, 2017. - Smith/Valenciano of Costa Rica and Leonardo/Garcia of Guatemala grabbed two crucial wins to remain unbeaten at the men’s Beach Volleyball tournament of the eleventh Central American Games Managua 2017 at the Salvador Allende sand court.


Heavy winds on day two of competition weren’t obstacle to put up intense performances especially in the last match of the men’s field when Richard Smith and Sebastian Valenciano caused a major upset defeating host Ruben Mora and Danny Lopez 2-1 (13-21, 21-19, 19-17).


Smith and Valenciano started off somehow cautious against the powerful hosting duo, losing the first set by a significant deficit; gradually they moved in harder grabbing their second victory of the day. Smith/Valenciano had started their day beating Carlos “Tato” Escobar and David “Pepe” Vargas of El Salvador 2-0 (25-23, 21-11).


“This is a gratifying victory for us; we haven’t been playing together with Sebastian and beating one of the favorites of the event gives us motivation to keep on the good work. We were expecting a tough battle and at the end Central American volleyball is the winner tonight, putting up a great competition at a spectacular venue for everyone to enjoy” said Richard Smith.


Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia of Guatemala went past Panama’s Davis Montero/Elmar Valdez and Irvin Reyes/Manuel Serrano of Honduras, to remain unbeaten. Montero and Valdez took the Guatemalan pair by surprise in set one pushing hard, managing to be in advantage; it was up to the second set that Andy and Luis finished with a sizeable difference 2-0 (21-17, 21-8). In their second performance, Andy and Luis controlled Irvin and Manuel with powerful spikes by a 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) score.


Andy indicated “I believe we were overconfident in the first match; luckily we recovered. It wasn’t easy to play with the heavy wind against Honduras, but in the end we did a good job”.


Irvin Reyes/Manuel Serrano of Honduras managed a 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 15-8) exciting win against Luis Luna/Gabriel Nuñez of Belize.


The preliminary continues on Tuesday with the first match in the men’s division featuring Davis Montero/Elmar Valdez of Panama facing Carlos Escobar/David Vargas of El Salvador at 11:00 (local time).


Men’s results Monday December 4:

Richard Smith/Sebastian Valenciano (CRC) d Carlos Escobar/David Vargas (ESA) 2-0 (25-23, 21-11); Andy Leonardo/Luis Garcia (GUA) d Davis Montero/Elmar Valdez (PAN) 2-0 (21-17, 21-8); Irvin Reyes/Manuel Serrano (HON) d Luis Luna/Gabriel Nuñez (BIZ) 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 15-8); Andy Leonardo/Luis Garcia (GUA) d Irvin Reyes/Manuel Serrano (HON) 2-0 (21-18, 21-15); d Richard Smith/Sebastián Valenciano (CRC) Rubén Mora/Danny Lopez (NCA) d 2-1 (13-21, 21-19, 19-17).