Sausages Pajariel Bembibre has reached an agreement to extend the contract that linked the club with the player Ainhoa ??Lacorzana for another season. In this way, the Andalusian foreigner will face her second season in the Bierzo Alto team and becomes the third piece of the eleventh project in the Endesa Women’s League of the Bercian entity. About to turn 22, the 178-centimetre-tall combo from Seville will live a new experience in the top flight after her debut with SPAR Gran Canaria and her return to it at the beginning of last year.
Despite training at CD Careba in her native Seville and later going through Conquero de Huelva, Lacorzana arrived at Bierzo after four seasons at Celta Zorka Recalvi, where she settled down sportingly before making the final leap to the elite of women’s basketball national and after debuting with Gran Canaria in the highest category. Last season, the first under Pepe Vázquez, she played all the matches (30) of the Endesa Women’s League, averaging more than 14 minutes on court. She scored more than 3 points per game spreading her contribution in the three outside positions.
International in training categories, in 2016 he played in the U17 World Cup and was European champion with the U16, being, in addition, included in the ideal quintet of the contest and a benchmark for the team led by the coach of Lointek Gernika, Mario López. The following year, in 2017, she played the U18 European Championship and in 2018 she repeated the category to win the silver medal after falling in the final against Germany. She shared a generation, among others, with Raquel Carrera, Alba Prieto and Helena Pueyo. These days she is concentrated with the U23 team in a call in Lugo together with her partner Anna Palma.
Pepe Vázquez: “If his version has been good, I hope it will be even better”
Along with both players is the coach of the Berciano team, Pepe Vázquez, who is “very happy and satisfied” with the renewal. “We know each other and, as in the case of Anna [Palma} y Helena [López], has my confidence”, explains the Galician coach, who affirms that “it is important to give continuity to the greatest possible number of players. To be her first experience in the Endesa Women’s League after the minutes she had as a youth squad in Gran Canaria, she has had an important participation”, specifies the manager of the Bembibrense team, who believes that “it has been a positive season for her. She is a growing, evolving player,” he emphasizes.
In this sense, the coach from Santiago de Compostela recalls that his contribution “has gone from less to more after a few seasons in which injuries did not allow him to enjoy basketball. She was able to finish without any setbacks, having participated in all the training sessions and having played all the games”, recalls the Santiago coach, who adds that “she is a player who gives us a lot of versatility because she can play as a point guard and in the forward positions and shooting guard. He has offensive talent and the ability to lead the team”, adds the Galician coach, who believes that “in his second season, with the knowledge he has of the coaching staff –of what is going to be required of him, he specifies– and of the club, he will to contribute more. If her version has been good, I hope it will be even better, ”he adds.
Ainhoa ??Lacorzana: “I want to show that I can assume a more stable role”
For her part, Lacorzana affirms that “the most important thing for a young player who has just made the move to the Endesa Women’s League is to remain in a project that relies on her evolution and that gives her the confidence to develop and perform in a fairly complicated competition. Bembibre, especially Pepe [Vázquez], has trusted me since my signing was announced, they gave me the opportunities I really deserved”, emphasizes the Andalusian foreigner, who adds that she feels “excited to renew. I want to show that I can take on a more stable role within the team”, she says.
In fact, the Sevillian player admits that “the desire to work and the enthusiasm with which I arrived helped me to carry out the adaptation, both physical and tactical, that this League requires. The most complicated part has been the physics, because this League forces you to maintain regularity and give your best every day”, highlights the Andalusian outsider, who hopes “to be able to show that I can be a regular player within the team, with the ability to offensive and also defensive. This is the aspect that I emphasized the most last season and that I will continue to improve this summer to reach the preseason in the best conditions”, she signs.