Guatemala to host XVII Central American Senior Beach
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, July 4, 2017. - Guatemala will host
the XVII Central American AFECAVOL Senior Beach Volleyball
Championship from July 6-10 at the sport complex Campo Marte in
The double gender event features the best teams of AFECAVOL with
Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro of Costa Rica and Andy Leonardo
alongside Luis Garcia of Guatemala, will fight to remain the
Both teams are registers to compete the FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Championship in Vienna from July 28 to August 6.
Karen and Natalia are aiming for their fourth consecutive
Central American title. Costa Rica has won the event a dozen
times in the women’s division, nine of them thanks to Natalia
Alfaro’s spectacular performances, who has reached the podium
every time since her debut in 2005.
Alfaro has earned one silver medal and two bronze medals, as the
top Central American beach volleyball player of all time,
followed by her former partner and now coach, Ingrid Morales
with eight gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
In the women’s division, veteran player Maria Jose Orellana of
Guatemala is registered to compete with Blanca Recinos. Majo has
won three gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze.
As hosts of the event, Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia, will
battle for their second title as a team. Both Andy and Luis have
earned the title on one occasion more. Luis beat Andy in 2012,
and has won two silvers and one bronze; while Andy has two
Also competing are strong contenders Ruben Mora and Dany Lopez
of Nicaragua, as Franklin Flores and Armando Guatemala of El
Salvador. The Nicaraguan tandem crowned in 2015 and lost to Andy
and Luis in last year’s final match. Franklin and Armando won
the bronze medal in the last edition.
Richard Smith and Bryan Monge of Costa Rica enter as a solid
team, they won bronze in 2015 and two weeks ago they moved in to
the semifinals at Ocho Rios, the third stage of the Norceca
A total of ten teams in the women’s field and thirteen in the
men’s division will arrive to Guatemala on Thursday 6th
. The competition runs from Friday 7th to Sunday 10th,
starting at 8:00 am.
Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC); María Juliane Ponce/Liy
Stephanie Porras (ESA-1); Kathya Vásquez/Marcela Avalos (ESA-2);
Natalia Girón/Estefanie Bethancourt (GUA-1); María José Orellana/Blanca
Recinos (GUA-2); Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches (HON-1); Lois
Pinnace/Marissa Brady (HON-2); Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA-1);
Socorro López/Claudia Machado (NCA-2); Kariany Saenz (PAN).
Jason Cabral/Baydr Sajia (BIZ-1); Victor Pacheco/Edgar Martínez
(BIZ-2); Richard Smith/Bryan Monge (CRC-1); Esteban Escobar/Andrey
Quintero (CRC-2); Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala (ESA-1);
Carlos Escobar/David Vargas (ESA-2); Andy Leonardo/Luis García (GUA-1);
Erik Flores/Erick Garrido (GUA-2); Marty Wood/Federico Menjivar
(HON-1); Irvin Armando Reyes/Carlos Alberto Ramos (HON-2); Ruben
Mora/Dany López (NCA-1); Denis López/Gerald Umaña (NCA-2); David
Montero/Jason Quintero (PAN).