Costa Ricans Morales and Alfaro are undefeated


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 6, 2013 – Costa Ricans Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro won two more matches on Wednesday improving to a 6-0 win-loss record to continue their march towards the women’s gold medal of the beach volleyball tournament of the X Central American Games.


Morales/Alfaro first won 2-0 (21-13, 21-9) against El Salvador’s Diana Romero and María Vargas and closed the actions of the day with a 2-0 (21-10, 21-13) over Martha Euceda and Gina Flores of Honduras.


Guatemala’s Ingrid Lopez and Lourdes Ramirez also won two matches and are now in a solid second place with a 4-2 record, following their triumphs over Nicaragua’s Elia Torrez and Swan Mendoza 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) and Hondurans Euceda/Flores 2-0 (21-10, 21-13).


Nicaraguans Torrez/Mendoza recovered to defeat Salvadorans Romero/Vargas 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) to even up their record at 3-3.


Meanwhile, Guatemala’s Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia and Nicaragua’s Gerald Umaña and Henry Hernandez secured spots in the semifinal phase at the end of the round robin of the men’s tournament.


Leonardo/Garcia finished with a 5-0 win-loss record following their 2-1 (19-21, 21-11, 15-9) victory over Costa Rica’s Gilberto and Alexander Villegas. The Guatemalans were leading 11-9 in the tie-breaker, when Alexander hurt one of his knees and couldn’t continue playing.


Umaña/Hernandez claimed two victories to close the phase with a 4-1 mark. They brushed aside Belize’s Gustavo Morataya and Abimael Godoy 2-0 (21-8, 21-10) and then defeated Honduras’ Wilfredo Vega and Douglas Izaguirre 2-0 (21-15, 21-15).


In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the Villegas brothers take on Vega/Izaguirre while Escobar and Vargas are to play Morataya/Godoy.


Results of third day

Men: ESA d. HON 2-0 (21-19, 21-10); NCA d. BIZ 2-0 (21-8, 21-10); NCA d HON 2-0 (21-15, 21-15); ESA d. BIZ 2-0 (21-14, 21-19); GUA d. CRC (19-21, 21-11, 15-9).


Women: GUA d. NCA 2-0 (21-19, 21-16); CRC d. ESA 2-0 (21-13, 21-09); GUA d. HON 2-0 (21-11, 21-12); NCA d. ESA 2-0 (21-13, 21-17); CRC d. HON (21-10,21-13).