Costa Ricans Morales and Alfaro win gold at home


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 9, 2013 – Costa Ricans Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro delighted the local fans with a luxury performance to win the crown of women’s beach volleyball of the X Central American Games with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-11) victory over Elia Torrez and Swan Mendoza of Nicaragua on Saturday.


Morales/Alfaro finished the tournament with an undefeated record in ten outings without conceding a single set en route to the gold medal.


“This triumph is of Costa Rica, that’s the only thing I can say at this moment,” Morales said after celebrating with the fans. “We wanted to present this gift to the fans. I don’t think we are superiors, what happened in the court it is only the result of hard work.”


“We knew that Nicaragua was elevating their level and it was going to be a complicated game, but playing as locals was a decisive factor,” Morales added.


Alfaro said: “We told you that we were here to win the gold medal, we trained hard to get that, we were prepared and dedicate it to the people of Costa Rica. We thank God for this medal that we wanted so much.”


In the match for third place and the bronze medal, Ingrid Lopez and Lourdes Ramirez of Guatemala defeated Diana Romero and Maria Vargas of El Salvador 2-0 (21-14, 21-17).