Brazil and Chile reign in the sands of Medellin
Winning pairs from Brazil Elize/Fernanda and Chile's Marco/Esteban with the runners-up of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour in Medellin, Colombia|
Medellin, Colombia, June 2, 2014 -
Brazilian women's pair Fernanda Berti and Elize Maia and Chile's Grimalts,
cousins Marco and Esteban, took the top spot on the eighth stage of the South
American Beach Volleyball Tour on Sunday.
The three-day tournament saw 15 pairs in the men's and women's divisions who
vied for the top spot in the most prominent South American beach volleyball
competition, which will be concluding its 2013/2014 season in Paraguay in
The three women’s pairs and two men’s pairs of Colombia dropped out of
contention in the quarterfinals as they were outmuscled by the teams from
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela to advance to the semifinals.
In the women’s division, the first semifinal was between Brazil’s
Elize/Fernanda and Uruguay tandem of Lucia Guigou and Fabiana Gomez. The
Brazilians took a straight sets (21-15, 21-15) victory over the Uruguayans.
Virginia Zonta and Juliet Putin, pair from Argentina, defeated Chilean team of
Francisca Rivas and Camilla Pazdirek in the second semifinal match 2-0 (21-18,
21-15) to set a showdown with Brazil in the final.
Uruguay’s Guigou/Fabiana drew strength from their loss to Brazil and imposed a
commanding game against Chileans Camilla/Francisca 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) to claim
the third spot. The intense final match ensued between Argentina’s Zonta/Putin
and Brazil’s Elize/Fernanda where the latter claimed the top spot in straight
sets (21-13, 21-14). The Brazilians’ attacking strength relentlessly rendered
the Argentine pair vulnerable in most parts of the match.
The Brazilian pair are delighted of their latest victory and the accommodating
atmosphere that the hosts extend to their guests.
“We were fighting for the title for our country and we are very happy with this
victory,” said Elize.
“This is the third time we played here and we love how the people treats us,
they are always willing to help,” added Fernanda.
Elize/Fernanda are dominating this season where they participated in five
stops and have won three championships and two second place finishes.
In the men’s division, Brazil’s Harley and Jo Silva Gomes overcame Argentines
Ian Mehamed and Facundo Del Coto 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-7) in the semifinal to
face Chile’s Grimalts, who defeated Venezuela’s Gerardo Mendez and Vicente
Salazar 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) in the other semifinal match.
Argentina’s Mehamed/Coto proved to be the more powerful pair against
Venezuela’s Salazar/Mendez as the Argentines easily defeated the Venezuelans
2-0 (21-13, 21-18).
The Grimalts are making their eighth final round appearance and once again,
they will face Brazil’s Harley/Jo. Brazil started off strong but the Argentine
pair recovered to finish on top 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-13). The match was
contested point by point with strong attacks and blocks from each side,
delighting the Medellin crowd.
“We are very happy with this win and all our results this season,” said Esteban.
“The final match was very difficult, we changed our strategy in the second set
and got lucky on the ball at match point. It is such a great improvement this
Brazil vs Uruguay 2-0 (21-15, 21-15)
Argentina vs Chile 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)
Third Place – Uruguay vs Chile 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)
Final – Brazil vs Argentina 2-0 (21-13, 21-14)
1 – Brazil
2 – Argentina 1
3 – Uruguay
4 – Chile
5 to 8 – Colombia 2, Colombia 6, Argentina 2, Colombia 3
9 to 16 - Ecuador, Gibraltar, Venezuela 1, Colombia 5, Paraguay, Colombia
4, Venezuela 2, Colombia 1
Brazil 2 vs Argentina 1 – 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-7)
Chile vs Venezuela 1 – 2-0 (21-14, 21-16)
Third Place – Argentina 1 vs Venezuela 1 – 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)
Final – Chile vs Brazil 2 – 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-13)
1 – Chile
2 – Brazil 2
3 – Argentina 1
4 – Venezuela 1
5 to 8 – Colombia 1, Venezuela 2, Colombia 4, Argentina 2
9 to 16 - Colombia 7, Brazil 1, Colombia 6, Bolivia, Colombia 5, Colombia
2, Uruguay, Colombia 3