December 29, 2010 – The Venezuela men's team claimed the fifth and final vacancy in the men's zonal phase of the South American Continental Cup by winning the final sub-zonal tournament in Lima, Peru on Wednesday by beating the hosts 4-0.
Venezuela, who had already progressed in the women's competition, guaranteed themselves the fifth and final place in the men's event where they will face Ecuador, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay – with the top four advancing to the third and final phase.
Venezuela took control of the contest on the first day of competition on Tuesday, claiming a 2-0 advantage after Igor Hernandez and Jesus Villafane beat Williams Maldonado and Jorge Sayan (21-16, 21-6) and Fernando Ramos/Jackson Henriquez overcame Cesar Zayers/Roger Rengifo (21-13, 21-15).
Peru sought to regain lost ground on the second day but the visitors were superior again and assured qualification in the first match on Wednesday with Hernandez and Villafane defeating Zayers and Rengifo (21-9, 21-16). With their spot in the next round guaranteed Venezuela completed the whitewash with Ramos/Henriquez beating Maldonado/Sayan (21-17, 21-14).
The Continental Cup is a new Olympic Games qualifying tournament in addition to the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour where the winners of the CSV Continental Cup will qualify for London 2012 if not already qualified via the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour.