Five couples with two wins near the quarterfinals


Lima, Peru, July 25, 2019. Four couples reached two victories in the Women's Beach Volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games in Lima and this Friday they will seek direct qualification to the quarterfinals by saying first place in their groups.


Cuba reached two wins in group A with Maylen Deliz/Leila Martínez, who had to play more effective to recover from losing the first set and overcome 2-1 (18-21, 21-12, 15-7) to El Salvador (Kathya Vásquez / Maria Fernanda Vargas).


Meanwhile, Paraguay won 2-0 (21-10, 21-17) to Peru (Lisbeth Allcca / Medalyn Mendoza), and tomorrow will define the group's second place against El Salvador.


In group B, the United States (Jace Pardon / Karissa Cook) beat Costa Rica with double 21-11 (Valeria Valenciano / Marcela Araya), while Colombia (Yuly Ayala / Diana Ríos) won 2-0 (21-9, 21 -12) to Trinidad and Tobago (Malika Davidson / Rheeza Grant).


The Costa Rican couple will face Trinidad and Tobago this Friday, while the United States goes for first place in the group against Colombia.


In group C, Brazil (Ángela Lavalle/Carolina Horta) beat Chile 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) (María Rivas/Pilar Mardones) and reached two wins. Mexico (Zaira Orellana/Marta Revuelta) beat the Virgin Islands (Melanie Valenciana/Manniika Charles) 2-0 (21-12, 21-12), now Mexico is measured to Brazil that could define the leader of the group, while Chile has to prevail to Virgin Islands to secure second place.


Argentina (Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra) beat Nicaragua 2-0 (21-12, 21-11) with Swan Mendoza / Lollete Rodríguez. Canada (Amanda Harnett/Marie Lapointe) beat Guatemala (Paola Alvarado / Estefanie Bethancourth) 2-0 (21-16, 21-9).


Canada and Argentina, both with two wins, will play for the leadership of the group, which would leave them in the quarterfinals, while Nicaragua and Guatemala will define who is going to eighth.


This Friday's games will start an hour earlier (8:00 a.m.) because it will be the opening of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.