Guatemala’s Girón and Quiñones to semis in Varadero

VARADERO, Cuba, May 7, 2022 – Guatemalans Natalia Girón and Paola Quiñones offered a big surprise by advancing today to the women's semifinals of the Varadero Beach Volleyball Tournament by beating the local duo of Amanda Kindelán and Dayi Zerqueira 2-0 (21-16, 21-13).


Giron/Quiñones will face Canadians Emma Glagau and Ruby Sorra on Sunday, who defeated Puerto Ricans Nieves and Stephanie Rondón 2-0 (21-19, 21-17).


The other semifinal will have the Cuban duo of Leila Martinez and Lidy Echeverría facing the Americans Iya Lindhal and Alexandra Wheeler.


Leila/Lidy defeated the Mexicans Atenas Gutiérrez and María Quintero 2-0 (21-16, 25-23) while Lindhal/Wheeler beat the Mexicans Abril Flores and Esperanza Albarran 2-0 (21-14, 21-15).


Early on Saturday, Mexico's Gutierrez/Quintero and Flores/Albarran advanced to the quarterfinals.


Gutierrez/Quintero defeated Dominicans Julibeth Payano and Jeneiry Rosario 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) and Flores/Albarran defeated Canadians Anna Licht and Anna Feore 2-0 (21-16, 21-14).


The duos of Girón/Quiñones of Guatemala, and Nieves/Rondón of Puerto Rico, also moved to the eight finalists.


The Guatemalans defeated Amber Bennett and Cristina Almeida, of US Virgin Islands, 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) and the Puerto Ricans defeated Yvonne Soler and Laura Molina of El Salvador, 2-0 (21-13, 21-11).


In the 9-12 round, Payano/Rosario edged Licht/Feore 2-1 (12-21-16, 15-13) while Soler/Molina beat Bennett/Almeida 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).