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Katherine Montealto and Anielka Alonso win AFECAVOL U21 Women’s Beach

 

PUERTO JIMENEZ, Costa Rica, September 3, 2017. -  Katherine Montealto and Anielka Alonso of Nicaragua won the tenth AFECAVOL U-21 Women’s Beach Volleyball Central American Chacmpionship at Playa Preciosa in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.

 

Katherine and Anielka of Nicaragua-1 controlled Vivian Hernandez and Angel “Macha” Williams of Costa Rica-1 coming from behind 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-11), to win the gold medal match. For Vivian and Angel this is their second consecutive silver medal.

 

The Nicaraguan pair held advantage in the first two sets. In the set one, Vivian and Macha recovered from a four point deficit, prevailing over Katherine and Anielka’s good tactics with a solid defense. The home team’s efforts were not enough as Katherine and Anielka were more dynamic in set two, combining long and short touches to reach the tie-break, despite a refreshing rain that appeared as the match was reaching the end.

 

Katherine and Anielka’s audacity was crucial in conquering their first Central American title.

 

Katherine indicated “Costa Rica is a tough opponent, but no impossible to defeat. We had our minds set on reaching the podium and show that our home town of San Juan Del Sur has Nicaragua’s best beach volleyball”.

 

“This was the first time that I advance from the quarterfinal round, it was hard and we are very satisfied with this victory” added Anielka.

 

Montealto/Alonso advanced to the gold medal match after defeating in semifinales the other home girls Alex Mena/Kianny Araya 2-0 (22-20, 21-17). While Hernandez/Williams beat Honduras 1 of Laurens/Xue Murillo 2-0 (21-16, 21-13).

 

Costa Rica-2 of Alex Mena and Kianny Araya won the bronze medal match prevailing over

Alvarez/Xue (HON1) by 2-1 (21-9, 11-21, 15-8).

 

Final Ranking:

1. NCA-1 Katherine Paola Montealto/Anielka Valeska Alonso; 2. CRC-1 Vivian Idannia Hernández/Angel Williams; 3. CRC-2 María Alex Mena/Kianny María Araya; 4. HON-1 Laurens Regina Alvarez/Xue Nicolle Murillo; 5. GUA-1 Paola Marie Alvarado/Maria Fernanda Juarez; 6. GUA-2 Laura Paola Quiñonez/Kimberly Dhominik Cardona; 7. HON-2 Lois Terrylee Pinnace/Cecille Zuline Johnson Hydes; 8. NCA-2 Lourdes Isabela Lugo/Guisell Indira García.

 

Women’s Results Day 3 Sunday September/3:

5/8: GUA2 d HON2 2-0 (21-19, 21-16); GUA1 d NCA2 2-0 (21-15, 21-9); 7/8: HON2 d NCA2 2-0 (21-12, 21-8); 5/6: GUA1 d GUA2 2-0 (21-13, 21-18); SF1: NCA1 d CRC2 2-0 (22-20, 21-17); SF2: CRC1 d HON1 2-0 (21-16, 21-13); Bronze: CRC2 d HON1 2-1 (21-9, 11-21, 15-8); Gold: NCA1 d CRC1 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-11)