Good day at the beach for Costa Ricans


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 4, 2013 – Costa Rica’s Ingrid Morales and Natalia Alfaro came out winners of their two matches in the opening day of the women’s beach volleyball tournament of the X Central American Games on Monday.


Morales/Alfaro, favorites to win the gold medal, crushed the opposition winning both contests by overwhelming margin. They first won 21-9, 21-5 over El Salvador’s Diana Romero and Maria Vargas and then returned to the sand to beat Honduras’ Gina Flores and Martha Euceda 21-4, 21-7.


Guatemala’s Ingrid Lopez and Lourdes Ramirez also prevailed in their two outings of Monday. They first defeated Hondurans Flores/Euceda 21-19, 21-13 and then survived a tough battle against Nicaragua’s Elia Torrez and Swan Mendoza 22-20, 22-20.


In the men’s division, the local team of brothers Alexander and Gilberto Villegas won 21-11, 21-9 over Honduras’ Wilfredo Vega and Douglas Izaguirre and came back to demolish Belize’s Gustavo Morataya and Abimael Godoy 21-8, 21-7.


Guatemala’s Andy Leonardo and Luis García also won twice on opening day of action as they prevailed 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-4) against El Salvador’s David Vargas and Carlos Escobar and defeated Hondurans Vega/Izaguirre 21-14, 21-16.


Women’s results day one: GUA d HON 2-0 (21-19, 21-13), CRC d ESA 2-0 (21-9, 21-5), GUA d NCA 2-0 (22-20, 22-20), CRC d HON 2-0 (21-4, 21-7). NCA d ESA 2-0 (21-19, 21-12).


Men’s results day one: GUA d ESA 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-4) CRC d HON 2-0 (21-11, 21-9) NCA d ESA 2-0 (22-20, 21-14), GUA d HON 2-0 (21-14, 21-16). CRC d BIZ 2-0 (21-8, 21-7)