Two American teams advance into women’s quarterfinals

LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, May 13, 2022 – Americans Kaytlin Malaney and Carly Kan advanced to the quarterfinals of the La Paz Beach Volleyball Tournament after winning their two matches in four-team Pool D on Friday.

Malaney/Kan defeated Guatemala’s Natalia Giron and Paola Alvarado 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) before crushing Taylor Buckner and Cristina Almeida of U.S. Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-9, 21-9).

Also in Pool D, Giron/Alvarado and Buckner/Almeida scored victories over Costa Rica’s Angel Williams and Ximena Nuñez by almost identical scores. Buckner/Almeida won 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) and Giron/Alvarado 2-0 (21-15, 21-18).

In Pool A, Mexico’s Atenas Gutierrez and María Quintero overcame Canada’s Anna Feore and Anna Licht 2-1 (19-21, 21-14, 15-9) to claim top place. Earlier on Friday Feore/Licht defeated El Salvador’s Yvonne Soler and Laura Molina 2-0 (21-16, 21-17).

In Pool B, the American duo of Megan Gebhard and Savannah Simo scored victories over Canada’s Maud Chapleau and Shanice Marcelle 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) and Mexico’s Abril Flores and Esperanza Albarran 2-0 (21-15, 21-19).

In Pool C, Puerto Rico’s Maria Gonzalez and Allanis Navas defeated Mexico’s Maria Ibarra and Alejandra Villavicencio 2-0 (21-13, 21-15). Earlier on Friday, Ibarra/Villavicencio had scored a 2-0 (25-23, 21-14) over Jamaica’s Chauna Kelly and Petal Smith.