San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela, December 1, 2010 – Venezuela's women earned a 4-0 win over Chile to secure passage to the next stage of the CSV Continental Beach Volleyball Cup at the weekend as qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games continued in South America.
The Venezuelans now join Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, who all booked tickets to the zonal phase earlier this year.
Norisbeth Agudo and Ahizar Zuniaga kicked off proceedings on Saturday with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) defeat of Chile's Carolina Pina and Francisca Rivas before compatriots Orquidea Hube Visto and Lili Hube Valido scored a straight-sets (21-12, 21-17) win over Carolina Araya and Soledad Munizaga.
Agudo and Zuniaga then picked up their second victory of the weekend on Sunday, beating Araya and Munizaga in straight sets (21-13, 21-17), before Visto and Valido ended the day with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) success against Pina and Rivas.
"I am very satisfied because it was a very difficult game," Zuniaga said of Sunday's first game. "They are very good and have great technique and sometimes we felt threatened when they were ahead on the scoreboard. But the victory is only a small part. Now we begin with a new preparation. And we must think about the second phase of the competition."
"In the second set we recovered, but I think we lost concentration and allowed them to react," Chile's Munizaga lamented. "We had very little time and have little experience."