HATO MAYOR, Dominican Republic, November 5, 2022.- The four pairs advancing into the women’s semifinals remain undefeated after winning their quarterfinal matches during the second day of competition at the Hato Mayor tournament, the sixth stage of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour.
In Sunday’s semifinals Van Gunst/Lindstrom of United States goes up against Dominicans Almanzar/Ramirez and Navas/González of Puerto Rico will face Harnett/Bélanger of Canada.
Teegan Van Gunst and Katie Lindstrom of the United States, alongside Canadians Amanda Harnett and Marie-Alex Bélanger are battling to reach the medal matches as they did in the past stage in Managua, where Van Gunst/Lindstrom beat Harnett/Bélanger for the gold medal.
Both teams left behind Mexican duos, Van Gunst/Lindstrom with a solid 2-0 (21-14, 21-7) victory over Katherine Albarrán and Evelyn Ramos, and Harnett/Bélanger beat Atenas Gutiérrez and María Celeste Ibarra 2-0 (21-16, 21-14).
Albarrán/Ramos had beaten earlier Thompson/Wolfenden of Cayman Islands 2-0 (21-13, 21-11), while Gutiérrez/Ibarra battled strong to recover from falling in the first set against Nuñez/Quesada of Costa Rica 2-1 (14-21, 21-13, 15-11).
The local tandem of Bethania Almánzar and Esmeralda Ramírez obtained an important victory over Devin Corah and Adriel Goodman of Canada 2-0 (21-17, 21-15), to advance into their first NORCECA Tour semifinal.
While Allanis Navas and María González had no complications to dominate Natalia Girón and Laura Quiñónez of Guatemala 2-0 (21-13, 21-8) seeking to win their second medal of the season; Navas and González finished second in La Paz, Baja California.
On their way to quarterfinals, Corah/Goodman (CAN) battled hard to defeat López/Lolette of Nicaragua 2-0 (21-19, 25-23) and Girón/Quiñónez (GUA) won to Buckner/Almeida-Anz of the U.S. Virgin Islands 2-0 (21-17, 21-14).
The semifinals and finals will be held on Sunday, as well as position matches.