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Navas & González win gold at Pan Am Games Qualifier

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, July 4, 2021 – Puerto Ricans Allanis Navas and María González defeated Mexicans Katherine Albarrán and Atenas Gutiérrez to claim the gold medal at the NORCECA U23 Women’s Beach Volleyball Qualifier to the Junior Pan American Games to be held in Cali, Colombia from November 25 to December 5.

Navas/González, considered the pre-tournament favourites, scored a 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) victory living up to the expectations.

In the semifinals, Navas/Gonzalez subdued Canada’s Becky Tresham and Kaylee Glagau 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) while Albarrán/Gutiérrez upset Cuba’s Lázara Madán and Dayani Zequeira 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) in 31 minutes.

The bronze medal went to Canada’s Tresham/Glagau who edged Cubans Madán/Zequeira 2-1 (21-13, 17-21, 15-6).

All four semifinalists were already qualified to the inaugural Cali Games.

Paola Alvarado and Laura Quiñones of Guatemala and Ximena Nuñez and Angel Williams of Costa Rica claimed the last two tickets to Cali by winning the matches for fifth and sixth places, respectively.

Alvarado/Quiñones defeated Nicaragua’s María Zeledón and Anielka Alonzo 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) while Nuñez/Williams beat Jeneiry Rosario and Luz María Carty of Dominican Republic-B 2-0 (21-11, 21-18).

Sunday’s Results

Women

5th PLACE: GUA d NCA 2-0 (21-16, 21-13). 6th PLACE: CRC d DOM-B 2-0 (21-11, 21-18). SEMIFINALS: MEX d CUB 2-0 (21-13, 21-15). PUR d CAN 2-0 (21-15, 21-16). BRONZE MEDAL MATCH: CAN d CUB 2-1 (21-13, 17-21, 15-6). GOLD MEDAL MATCH: PUR d MEX 2-0 (21-19, 21-12)