Santa Fe, June 2nd 2012 – Both Argentina and Uruguay earned a victory on the first day of the CSV Women's Beach Volleyball Continental Cup final, with the series tied at 1-1.
The Triferto Beach welcomed a full house
Uruguay’s number one couple Lucía Guigou-Fabiana Gómez beat Argentinean number two couple Silvana Olivera-Georgina Klug in straight sets while Ana Gallay-Virginia Zonta (1) overcame Uruguay's Karina Cardozo-María Eugenia Nieto (2) in a two-sets win.
The two countries will meet again on Sunday with a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the line.
With no free seats and on a beautiful sunny day, Triferto Beach hosted the first match with Gómez-Guigou picking up the win. Experience and a great performance in reception and attack were the key to the triumph for Uruguay, who received a lot of support from the public who travelled from their country. The visitors got back on track in the middle of the first set and remained in control to clinch the game.
On the contrary, the second match saw Gallay-Zonta lead from the first set thanks to serves which saw Uruguayans Cardozo-Nieto make errors in reception. In the second set the Argentineans were energetic and aggressive in both attack and defence giving no chance to the visitors. The evidence of this superiority was showed in the score: 21-10, 21-12 for the hosts.
With the series tied, the definitive day of competition is expected to be intense with crowds expected to swell.
If the tie continues, the tournament will be defined in a Golden Set of 15 points half an hour after the last match.
Results: Saturday June 2
13:00/ Klug-Olivera vs. Guigou-Gómez 0-2 (17-21, 17-21)
14:00/ Gallay-Zonta vs. Cardozo-Nieto 2-0 (21-10, 21-12)
Schedule: Sunday June 3
15:00/ Klug-Olivera vs. Cardozo-Nieto
16:30/ Gallay-Zonta vs. Guigou-Gómez
Silvana Olivera (Argentina’s number 2 couple): “The Uruguayans didn’t know us and which couple they were going to play against. We made some mistakes that let them keep the advantage. They have experience in beach volleyball but we have lots of strength”.
Fabiana Gómez (Uruguay’s number one couple): “We didn’t know our opponents so they could take the lead but we could brake their game and win in streight sets. Aggressivity is always our key. Tomorrow’s first match is very important for the serie and we know their number one couple for the next one so we must be intelligent to earn a win”.
María Eugenia Nieto (Uruguay’s number two couple): “Our evaluation of the match is not positive, we thought we could do better and tried to do our best but we couldn’t win. We are going to rest to be focused and make things better”.
Virginia Zonta (Argentina’s number one couple): “We are really happy. At the beginnig, we were anxious but we could demonstrate our last year evolution. The serve was our key to victory. Uruguay’s nbumber one couple is very strong so we need to be patient to make all the training worth”.