Canadian Women open Punta Cana strong

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, September 30, 2022.- Canadian women duos of Lea Monkhouse and Molley McBain in pool A and Amanda Harnett with Marie-Alex Bélanger in pool D opened strong the fourth stage of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour in Punta Cana, winning their two matches.

Monhouse and McBain won pool A defeating Angel Williams and Kianny Araya of Costa Rica 2-0 (21-6, 21-13) as well as Dominican duo of Jeneiry Rosario and Julibeth Payano 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).

On the other hand, Harnett/Bélanger controlled pool D beating Kwansia Carr/Tyke Hawkins of Antigua and Barbuda 2-0 (21-9, 21-10) but then worked hard recovering from losing the first set against Mexicans Esperanza Albarran and Abril Flores 2-1 (26-28, 21-19, 15-8).

Earlier on Friday, Albarran/Flores (MEX) downed Anjia Delapenha/Ileann Powery of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-3, 21-14).

The other Mexican duo, Atenas Gutierrez alongside Maria Celeste Ibarra dominated pool B over Dominicans Paniagua/Martinez 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) and Jamaicans Petal Smith/ Chauna Kelly 2-0 (21-11, 21-19); with Smith/Kelly coming from a tough win against Yvonne Soler and Sofía Velasquez of El Salvador 2-1 (11-21, 21-13, 15-13).

Also, with two solid victories and winning pool C were team USA of Molly Turner and Madelyne Anderson. The Americans first won to Dominicans Almanzar/Ramirez 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) and then to Natalia Giron and Paola Alvarado of Guatemala 2-0 (21-12, 21-15).

Giron and Alvarado earlier beat Melanie Valenciana/Andrea Csaszi of U.S. Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-15, 21-18).

Pool-play resumes on Saturday morning, with pool winners and second places advancing into the knock-out round to take place later in the day.