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Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro unstoppable


MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 5, 2017. – The Olympic duo of Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro of Costa Rica continue unstoppable at the women’s Beach Volleyball tournament of the eleventh Central American Games Managua 2017 at Salvador Allende sand court in Paseo Xolotlan.


Karen and Natalia managed their fourth consecutive win after prevailing over hosts Swan Mendoza and Lolette Rodriguez 2-0 (21-10, 21-19). The Costa Rican duo lived up to the expectations as top seed team in the competition and moving ahead with little complications.


Kathya Vasquez and Maria Fernanda Vargas of El Salvador continued with good pace while beating Guatemala’s Paola Alvarado and Estephany Bethancourt 2-0 (21-9, 24-22) in their only match of the day. Alvarado and Bethancourt had defeated earlier Stiphany Lezcano and Keysi Caballero of Panama 2-0 (21-2, 21-5).


Kathya Vásquez said “our results have been very satisfying, specially having won to Nicaragua, it was really exciting and I believe it’s due to the fact that we know one another pretty well. Today in the second set against Guatemala we fell into their rhythm instead of focusing on our actions to control the actions”.


Jarisa Hynds and Christianne Etches of Honduras earned their first victory of the tournament after prevailing over Stiphany Lezcano and Keysi Caballero of Panama 2-0 (21-18, 21-8).


The preliminary round resumes on Wednesday with the top two ranked teams moving into the semifinals of the event. The first match in the women’s division features Vasquez/Vargas of El Salvador against Hynds/Etches of Honduras at 2:00 pm (local time).


Women’s Results Tuesday December 5th:

Paola Alvarado/Estephany Bethancourth (GUA) d Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi Caballero (PAN) 2-0 (21-2, 21-5); Jarisa Hynds/Christianne Etches (HON) d Stiphany Lezcano/Keysi Caballero (PAN) 2-0 (21-18, 21-8); Kathya Vásquez/María Fernanda Vargas (ESA) d Paola Alvarado/Estephany Bethancourt (GUA) 2-0 (21-9, 24-22); Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC) Swan Mendoza/Lolette Rodríguez (NCA) 2-0 (21-10, 21-19).