Colombia and Cuba advance to the women's final
BARRANQUILLA. July 31, 2018. Cuba and Colombia advanced to the
final of the beach volleyball tournament of the XXIII Central
American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018, after two games
full of emotion, tears and great effort.
The Cuban Mailen Deliz /Leila Martinez, recovered from losing
the first set, to win the match 16-21, 21-13, 15-10 against
Norisbeth Agudo / Gabriela Brito, from Venezuela.
Deliz commented that "the key was that they were playing us at
the back of the court in the first set, so in the second set we
did the same and that worked for us, we went back and we showed
that we can come from behind because we had not been like that
in No match".
"After this game we are more determined to be in the final and
reach the gold medal," said Deliz.
Cuba won the XXII edition of the Central American and Caribbean
Games in Veracruz, which meant its second gold medal, one silver
and it will have the opportunity to defend the title. Meanwhile,
Colombia will go to its first final, it only has one bronze
The Colombian Yuli Ayala / Diana Rios, gave a great show, in
part by the demand of the Puerto Rican couple Allanis Navas/Maria
Gonzalez, who showed a great defense and made the whole field
tour the hosts.
Colombia prevailed (21-18, 15-21, 15-13), ending Diana Ríos with
a muscular contracture at the moment of the celebration of the
last point before the wear of the whole game.
"We all dreamed of reaching a final, Colombia had not been able
to, but now we achieved it. Puerto Rico was a great rival, we
never lost hope, we never lost a ball, until the last point we
fight", said Ayala.
"Let's go for that, I pray. Always with a smile that is what
characterizes us, if we are winning we are happy, if we go down,
enjoying, that is the important thing", said Ayala.
The women's final will be played at 8:00 p.m. at the main court
of “Puerta de Oro” Events Center in Barranquilla.
Result of tuesday
CUB d VEN 2-1 (16-21, 21-13, 15-10)
COL - PUR 2-1 (21-18, 15-21, 15-13)
GUA d JAM 2-0 (21-12, 21-9)
MEX d NCA 2-0 (21-13, 21-9)
ESA d DOM 2-0 (21-16, 29-27)
TTO d HON 2-0 (21-17, 21-19)
CUR d SKN 2-0 (21-14, 21-16)
CAY d SUR 2-1 (21-12, 11-21, 15-11)
ISV d ANT 2-0 (21-15, 21-17)
LCA d BIZ 2-0 (21-18, 21-13)