Four undefeated countries at the start of the women’s Varadero NORCECA
VARADERO, Cuba, May 12, 2023.- Both USA pairs, one from Canada and Cuba,
as well as the one from Puerto Rico moved undefeated at the start of
pool-play of the second phase of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour.
In group B the northerners Katie Lindstrom/Teegan Van Gunst took a
stroll during sets 21-3 and 21-2 facing Nikita Campbell/Shelena of St.
Vincent and the Grenadines, while they dominated Guatemalans Natalia
Girón/Estefanie Guerra 21-16 and 21-13.
Their compatriots Geena Urango/Carly Skjodt, despite having more
resistance from their opponents, they smiled against Mexicans Susana
Torres/Atenas Gutiérrez 21-17 and 21-14, in which this last player was
part of the duo that beat them for the gold of the first stop in
In the afternoon they won with an even 21-12 to Costa Rica’s Ximena
Núñez/Kianny Quesada to take the lead in group C.
In group A, Puerto Ricans Allanis Navas/María González once again beat
Cubans Yenifer Rivera/Amanda Armenteros like they did at the I Junior
Central American and Caribbean Sea y Beach Games Santa Marta 2022, this
time 21-13 and 21-17, nevertheless they recognized the progress of the
young local girls.
It took almost two hours and three sets for the Puerto Ricans in their
second victory (19-21, 21-5, 15-12) against El Salvador’s Yvonne Soler/Laura
Molina in which the match was interrupted during the first set due to an
electric storm at the touristic city, that woke up under heavy showers.
The youngest local pair, formed by bronze medalists of the Venezuelan
Alba Games, Nahomi Charlot/Maykelín Drik, gave good news to their
country again winning twice and leading group D.
First the dominated the combative Dominican pair of Esmeralda Ramirez/Julibeth
Payano in hard fought match that extended to three sets (12-21, 21-14,
18-16), while in the closing match of the day they had no setbacks in
beating Jamaicans Anesia Edwards/Petal Smith 21-8 and 21-7.
Pool-play will resume on Saturday morning, where the two best pairs of
each pool will play in the quarterfinal round, and the corresponding
classification matches for positions 9 to 16.
The full schedule and results are available at 2023 Varadero NORCECA