Costa Rican women qualify to Rio 2016
SAN CARLOS, Nuevo Guaymas, Mexico, June 26, 2016 – Costa Rica
qualified to the Olympic Games in Women’s Beach Volleyball after
a solid performance at the Norceca Continental Cup celebrated at
the Algodones Beach.
The Costa Rican team defeated Mexico 3-1 with victories by Karen
Charles and Natalia Alfaro over Diana Estrada and Zaira Orellana
in three sets (21-12, 11-21, 15-5) as well as in straight sets
over Cecilia Rios and Itzel Santoyo (21-12, 21-18).
Marcela Araya and Valeria Valenciano defeated Diana Estrada and
Zaira Orellana also in two by scores of 23-21 and 21-18. Mexico
won only one match with Rios and Santoyo who defeated Araya and
Valenciano in the first one of the series.
“It is a dream that comes true. We have been working hard for
this. Today we feel so proud. We are already in Rio”, said
Alfaro minutes after winning the series over the host team.
For Costa Rica this was a special celebration. Even after the
awards ceremony, they ran around the court with their country’s
flag symbolizing an Olympic march.
Mexico finished second and still has one chance to contend for
an Olympic ticket at the qualifier that will be celebrated in
Sochi, Russia, as well as Cuba, that claimed the bronze medal
after winning against Guatemala 3-0.
Yanisleidis Sanchez and Lidiannis Echeverria opened the bronze
medal series with a triumph over Maria Jose and Andrea Orellana
in two sets (21-13, 21-13). Lianma Flores and Leila Martinez
won also 2-0 (21-11, 21-13) against Nathalia Giron and Estefanie
Bethancourt and repeated the dose against the Orellana sisters
with a 21-15, 21-13 win.
Final 1st Place
Costa Rica 3, Mexico 1
Rios/Santoyo MEX1 d Araya/Valenciano CRC2 2-0 (21-10, 21-12),
Charles/Alfaro CRC1 d Estrada/Orellana MEX2 2-1(21-12, 11-21,
15-5), Charles/Alfaro CRC1 d Rios/Santoyo MEX1 2-0 (21-12,
21-18), Araya/Valenciano CRC2 d Estrada/Orellana MEX2 2-0
Final 3rd Place
Cuba 3, Guatemala 0
Sánchez/Echeverria CUB2 d OrellanaJ/Orellana GUA1 2-0 (21-13,
21-13), Lianma/Leila CUB1 d Giron/Bethancourt GUA2 2-0 (21-11,
21-13), Lianma/Leila CUB1 d Orellana J/Orellana A 2-0 (21-15,
Final 5th Place
Nicaragua 2, Trinidad and Tobago 1
Dyette/Davidson TRI1 d Machado/Rodriguez NCA1 2-0 (21-16,
21-18), Mendoza/López NCA2 d Rheeza/Abby TRI2 2-0 (21-17,
21-15). Golden set: Mendoza/Lopez NCA2 d Dyette, Davidson
Final 7th Place
Jamaica 2, Barbados 0
Perry/Wright JAM1 d Matthews/Wood BAR1 2-0 (21-14, 21-15),
Temple/Wallen JAM2 d Bovell/Mason BAR2 2-0 (21-17, 21-16)
Best Eight Teams
6-Trinidad and Tobago