Cubans Leila and Lidy are the queens in Punta Cana

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PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, April 17, 2022 – Cubans Leila Martinez and Lidy Echeverría claimed the women’s title at the Punta Cana Qualifier to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship following a sensational battle with Canadian twins Megan and Nicole McNamara on Sunday.

Martinez and Echeverría prevailed in a nail-biting duel winning by score of 2-0 (24-22, 25-23) in 49 minutes.

The two protagonists of the finals were already qualified to the 2022 FIVB Beach Volleyball Championships in Rome, Italy from June 7 to 19.

The bronze medal went to Juliberth Payano and Jeneiry Rosario of Dominican Republic who defeated Taylor Nutterfield and Melanie Valenciano of U.S. Virgin islands  2-0 (21-12, 21-19) in 32 minutes.

In the semifinals round, the McNamaras defeated Nutterfield/Valenciano 2-0 (21-10, 21-11) in 28 minutes and Martinez/Echeverría downed Payano/Rosario 2- (21-14, 21-14) in 33 minutes.

The quarterfinals took place earlier on Sunday with both matches lasting 29 minutes.

Payano/Rosario defeated Angjeny Tolentino and Delys Meulens 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) while Nutterfield/Valenciana beat La Tisha Joseph and Apphia Glasgow of Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 (21-14, 21-10).