Vargas and Ayala Fall Short, But Mexico's Future Shines

Teen Mexican beach volleyball duo Vargas and Ayala debut at a World Tour event. 17-year-olds show promise despite loss, aim for U-19 Worlds and inspire the next generation of sand court stars.

Vargas and Ayala Fall Short, But Mexico's Future Shines
Vargas Lares and Ayala Herrera soak in the experience of their first international competition. Credit: CONADE

The Mexican beach volleyball project continues on an upward path within the competitive field at an international level, and not only in the senior team, but from the new generations that take their first steps with great short, medium and long-term objectives such as the case of the duo made up of Ines Vargas Lares and Carlos Ayala Herrera.

The athletes, barely 17 years old, had their world-class debut at the Challenge Guadalajara, an event that belongs to the World Tour of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and which brings together some of the best exponents in the world.

“Experience in this sport has a lot to do with it, and we are practically newbies, but we are getting started, and we are preparing to play well in the future and achieve our goals”; Vargas Lares assured.

“This project was created two months ago, so we will be working on our big goal this year, which is the U-19 World Championship in China. We will go to more blank competitions,” shared Ayala Herrera.

In a demanding test, the nationals faced the Austrians Robin Seidl and Moritz Pristauz in the qualifying round of the competition held at the Pan American Tennis Complex. Despite the commendable effort made in front of their audience, the newly created pairing fell in two sets with partials of 14-21 and 13-21.

After their first international encounter, the Baja Californian and the Sinaloa native highlighted the importance of our country hosting this type of event, since before being high-performance athletes they were also in the stands as an audience, which can be emulated by the attendees, young people who choose sport as their way of life.

“It is something very nice, because at some point we were in the stands as spectators and wanting to be on the field, which we already achieved thanks to God. We were provided the opportunity to play this game and I hope that the people who come to see us prepare for whatever comes”; Ayala Herrera said.