Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada and USA advance to women’s semifinals
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, December 10, 2022.- Mexico, Puerto Rico,
Canada and the United States advanced to the women’s semifinals of the
2022 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Finals in Punta Cana.
Mexicans Atenas Gutiérrez and Abril Flores were challenged by Dominicans
Bethania Almanzar and Crismil Paniagua in a three-set quarterfinal
battle 2-1 (21-11, 19-21, 15-10).
Amanda Harnett and Marie-Alex Bélanger of Canada prevailed 2-0 (21-17,
21-11) in quarterfinals against Cubans Nahomi Charlot and Dayani
Zerqueira 2-0 (21-17, 21-11), who earlier defeated Petal Smith and Kelly
Chauna of Jamaica 2-0 (22-20, 21-13) in their last pool A match.
On their way to semifinals, Allanis Navas and María González of Puerto
Rico started the day winning pool C to Bethania Almanzar and Crismil
Paniagua of Dominican Republic 2-0 (21-8, 21-8) and then in
quarterfinals they beat Angel Williams and Kianny Quesada of Costa Rica
2-0 (21-12, 21-12).
Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles of the United States, who topped pool A on
Friday, earned an easy 2-0 (21-8, 21-8) quarterfinal win to Amber
Bennett and Taylor Buchner of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Sunday’s semifinals, Americans Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles will face
Atenas Gutierrez and Abril Flores of Mexico, followed by Allanis Navas
and Maria González of Puerto Rico against Canadians Amanda Harnett and
In other results, Bennett/Buchner (ISV) won to Yvonne Soler/Sofía
Velásquez of El Salvador 2-0 (22-20, 21-13) and then played an extra
match to advance to the quarterfinals, working hard to defeat Socorro
López and Lolette Rodríguez of Nicaragua 2-1 (21-18, 18-21, 15-10) who
earlier prevailed 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) against Natalia Girón and Naomi
Monney of Guatemala.
In classification matches for position 9/12, Nicaraguans Lopez/Lolette
defeated Smith/Chauna of Jamaica 2-1 (22-20, 15-21, 15-13) and
Soler/Velásquez of El Salvador beat Girón/Monney of Guatemala 2-0