Favorites start with comfortable wins


LIMA, Peru, July 24, 2019. The Peruvian team of Lisbeth Allcca/Medalyn Mendoza, debuted on Wednesday before a good crowd on the main court of the Costa Verde complex, and won with double 21-10 to El Salvador ( Kathya Vásquez / María Fernanda Vargas), to start the Women's Beach Volleyball of the 2019 Pan American Games Lima 2019.


For its part, Cuba with Maylen Deliz / Leila Martínez, fought hard to overcome 2-1 (16-21, 21-12, 15-13) to Paraguay, in actions of group A.


In group D, Canada (Amanda Kay Harnett/ Marie-Christine Lapointe) had to do its utmost to beat 2-1 (21-17, 14-21, 15-9) to Nicaragua (Swan Mendoza / Lollete Rodríguez). Argentina (Ana Gallay / Fernanda Pereyra) won 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) to Guatemala (Paola Alvarado / Estefanie Bethancourth).


In group B, the United States (Jace Pardon / Karissa Cook) overcame Trinidad and Tobago (Malika Davidson / R  Rheeza Grant) 2-0 (21-9, 21-8) without difficulty, while Costa Rica (Valeria Valenciano / Marcela Araya) gave one of the first surprises by beating Colombia 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) (Yuly Ayala / Diana Ríos).


In group C, Brazil (Ángela Lavalle / Carolina Horta) beat the Virgin Islands (Melanie Valenciana / Manniika Charles) 2-0 (21-8, 21-7), and Chile (María Rivas / Pilar Mardones) in a great duel , beat Mexico 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) (Zaira Orellana / Marta Revuelta).



Ana Gallay, from Argentina, winner of the gold medal at the Toronto Pan American 2015, said that “we want to be among the best 4 of the event, we got a good victory, my partner is young and adapting, but we did a good job”.


"The tournament is strong, we have seen some fairly compact teams, we hope to maintain a good level of play because there are two teams that played very well today (Canada and Nicaragua)," Gallay added.


Valeria Valenciano / Marcela Araya, were very excited about the victory against Colombia. "It is great to start a tournament of this level with a win and before a team like Colombians, this is due to the sacrifice, training, our coach, the Olympic Committee that has supported us... more complicated games are coming and we will go to step”, said Araya.