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Costa Rica and Nicaragua dominate Montelimar BVB Open


MONTELIMAR, Nicaragua, October 30, 2016 - Katherine Quezada/Eugenia Ramirez of Costa Rica and Danny Lopez/Ruben Mora of Nicaragua were the champions of the XI Montelimar Barcelo Central American Beach Volleyball Open.


Quezada/Ramirez beat Laura Molina/Marcela Avalos of El Salvador in a tough battle during the women’s final match of the event by a final score of 23-21 and 21-18. In semifinals, the winners controlled the local team of Fernanda Chamorro/Anielka Alonso by 2-0 (21-12, 21-14).   


This is Quezada/Ramirez second consecutive title in Montelimarafter last year’s victory over Lolette Rodirguez/Elia Machado of Nicaragua.


Rodriguez/Machado lost their semifinal match 1-2 (17-21, 23-21, 11-15) to Molina/Avalos of El Salvador. In the bronze medal match, Rodriguez/Machado defeated Chamorro/Alonso 21-12, 21-14.


In the men’s final, Lopez/Mora played against Gerson Contreras/Denis Lopez. The first set was very tight, where Denis Lopez defense was controlled by his opponents, finishing 24-22. The second set ended 21-8 as Contreras wasn’t able to continue due to an injury.


Lopez/Mora beat Jefferson Cascante/Ramon Cubillo 21-15, 21-10 in semifinals, while Gerson Contreras/Denis Lopez battled hard with good defense and blocking to beat Bryan Monte/Richard Smith of Costa Rica (20-22, 21-17, 15-9).


Monte/Smith defeated Cascante/Cubillo 21-11, 22-20 for third place.


Teams from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua competed in this year’s edition. The host country had a total of 16 teams from San Juan del Sur, which included the first two places in the men’s division and fourth place in the women’s segment.