20 May 2021

All seven individual titles secured earlier in the proceedings, on the concluding day of action, Wednesday 19th May, at the 2021 Central American Championships in San José, Costa Rica, a dominant Mexican contingent added both team titles to complete a full house.

by Ian Marshall

Selecting Rogelio Castro, Miguel Lara and Ricardo Villa, a 3-0 penultimate round win was recorded against the El Salvador trio comprising Edgardo Sanchez, Diego Orantes and Jaime Galeano, before a 3-1 success secured the title at the hands of Guatemala.

The mainstay of the victory against Guatemala was Ricardo Villa, who beat both Hector Gatica (11-6, 11-8, 11-6) and Heber Moscoso (3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7); the one further success was recorded by Rogelio Castro in opposition to Kevin Montufar (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6). Guatemala’s sole win came courtesy of Heber Moscoso, in the second match of the fixture he accounted for Miguel Lara (11-7, 11-8, 1-11, 11-9).

Earlier at the semi-final stage, with Allan Gutierrez preferred to Hector Gatica, Guatemala had posted a 3-0 win against the Nicaraguan outfit comprising Denilson Castellon, Gary Castro and Genaro Roustan.

Gold for Mexico, silver for Guatemala; in the women’s team event, conducted on an all-play-all basis, it was the same outcome. In the concluding fixture, Mexico secured a 3-1 success to claim the title.

Guatemala enjoyed the better start with Lucia Cordero beating Arantxa Cossio Aceves (6-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-5) but from that moment forward, Mexico seized control.

Clio Barcenas accounted for both Hidalynn Zapata (11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8) and Lucia Cordero (12-14, 11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-4); sandwiched in between, Marbella Aceves overcame Andrea Montufar (11-4, 11-8, 13-11).

El Salvador with Keren Constanza, Cristina Machado and Gabriela Suarez on duty, recorded a 3-0 win against Costa Rica’s Sharon Diaz, Sofia Perez and Nicole Granados to decide third and fourth positions.

Overall a total of 31 men and 22 women took part in the six day tournament.

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