Tough battle expected in men’s BVB event in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 4, 2013 – The double-gender beach
volleyball tournament of the X Central American Games gets
underway on Monday.
While a close battle without a clear favorite is being
anticipated in the men’s tournament, the story is a lot
different in the women’s field where the home team of Ingrid
Morales and Natalia Alfaro emerges as a heavyweight contender.
“We are thrilled to be playing at home,” Alfaro said. “We feel
very proud about our responsibility of winning a gold medal for
“Our goal is to win a medal always aiming to the top one,” Diana
Romero of El Salvador stated at the end of the technical meeting
The home country will be represented in the men’s division by
brothers Alexander and Gilberto Villegas, who have been regulars
in the NORCECA Circuit for a the past few years.
“We have played many tournaments in other countries and now we
are at home with our people,” Alexander said. “We are going to
try our best.”
“The level of the competition has raised a lot, different from
previous years when perhaps two countries were always playing
for first place,” he added.
Nicaragua’s Henry Hernandez, who is participating for the third
time in the Games, is confident about his chances playing with
partner Gerald Umaña.
“I think we are going to battle for one of the medals,”
Hernandez said. “We have a good preparation and the experience
accumulated playing against teams from Cuba, United States and
Canada in the NORCECA Circuit.”
Andy Leonardo and Luis Garcia of Guatemala have to be considered
as one of the top contenders, especially after their solid
participation in most of last year’s NORCECA event which
included a bronze medal at home.
The women will compete
under a double round-robin with the top four teams advancing to
the semifinals where they will play first v fourth and second v
The men will play a
round-robin with the top two pairs getting direct tickets to the
semifinals. The third placed team will play against the sixth
while the team in fourth place will play the fifth in
The preliminary enquiry and general technical meeting took place
on Sunday under the presidency of Marta Centeno de Sajche,
president of AFECAVOL. The meeting was also attended by Nelson
Ramirez, NORCECA Delegate, Arnaldo Sanchez, Director of the
Competition, and Miguel Ramirez, Referee Delegate.
Belize: Gustavo Morataya/Abimael Godoy; Costa Rica: Gilberto
Villegas/Alexander Villegas; El Salvador: Carlos Escobar/David
Vargas; Guatemala: Andy Leonardo/Luis García; Honduras: Wilfredo
Vega/Douglas Izaguirre; Nicaragua: Henry Hernandez/Gerald Umaña.
Costa Rica: Ingrid Morales/Natalia Alfaro; El Salvador: Diana
Romero/María Vargas; Guatemala: Ingrid López/Lourdes Ramírez;
Honduras: Gina Flores/Martha Euceda; Nicaragua: Elia Torrez/Swan