United States and Canada book tickets to quarterfinals
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, December 9, 2022.- United States and
Canada booked their tickets to the quarterfinals of the 2022 NORCECA
Beach Volleyball Tour Finals on Friday at Punta Cana.
First seeded Betsi Flint and Julia Scores of the United States won two
matches to top pool A on day one of the event.
Flint and Scores started with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-10) victory over Cuban
duo of Nahomi Charlot and Dayani Zerqueira and then they prevailed
against Angel Williams and Kianny Quesada of Costa Rica 2-0 (21-13,
21-6), who earlier beat Petal Smith and Kelly Chauna of Jamaica 2-0
Williams and Quesada landed second place in pool A and also progressed
into the quarterfinals.
Canadians Amanda Harnett and Marie-Alex Bélanger won pool B defeating
Yvonne Soler and Sofía of El Salvador 2-0 (21-12, 21-9) and recovering
from losing the first set to Mexicans Atenas Gutiérrez and Abril Flores
2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-11) in what was the most challenging match of the
Gutiérrez and Flores beat Amber Bennett and Taylor Buchner of the U. S.
Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-6, 21-9), finishing second place in pool B and
reaching the quarterfinal round.
In pool C, Allanis Navas and María González of Puerto Rico managed a
comfortable 2-0 (21-11, 21-14) victory against Nicaraguans Socorro López
and Lolette Rodríguez. While Dominicans Bethania Almanzar and Crismil
Paniagua struggled in the second set to beat Natalia Girón and Naomi
Monney of Guatemala 2-0 (21-14, 22-20).
Pool C winner will be decided on Saturday with the match between Puerto
Rico’s tandem Navas/Gonzalez and Almanzar/Paniagua of the Dominican
Pool-play resumes on Saturday to complete the final eight moving into
the knockout round.